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Freaking Out at 40

Episode #341 | Added February 24, 2008

Today on Context with Lorna Dueck: Freaking Out at Forty! Researchers say the mid-life crisis is real!

A study involving 2-million people in 72 countries around the world suggests that both men and women are less happy in their forties than at any other time in their lives. It reveals a global pattern of miserable middle age - a pattern that seems to apply regardless of demographics. Researchers found that people everywhere follow a U-shaped curve of psychological well being. The happiness dip in our forties, they believe, is intrinsic to human nature and temporary. The average, fit 70-year-old, is likely to be as happy and mentally healthy as a 20-year-old.

Lorna's Wrap



The Guests

Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist and has authored 19 books, including the million-seller, Boundaries.
Stephen Arterburn
Stephen Arterburn has done a lot of thinking about men and their unique issues – including the issues that seem to crop up in the middle years. He’s written the “Mid-Life Manual for Men”.

Dale Hanson Bourke

Dale Hanson Bourke is an award winning author and humanitarian, she had a mid-life crisis, and has written the book, Second Calling: Finding Passion & Purpose for the Rest of Your Life.


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