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Experiencing a midlife crisis is difficult for anyone to brave on their own, so there’s no shame in seeking out resources from professionals that can offer some insight into how to get out of this dark and confusing time. Books are an excellent way to do that, so we’ve compiled a list below of midlife crisis-related texts that you can use to your advantage.
On a side note, you can also seek the help of a licensed professional to provide you with additional coping strategies and just be someone to talk to. Visit BetterHelp to learn more about how a therapist can guide you through this phase.
Man’s Search For Meaning By Viktor Frankl
If you’re looking for a book about finding your purpose, this is the one. A mix of personal anecdotes about surviving a concentration camp and concepts from psychoanalytic theory, this book is ideal for someone going through a midlife crisis.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway By Susan Jeffers
This book guides readers on taking their fears and painful experiences from your midlife crisis and transforming them for your benefit.
The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling By James Hillman
Hillman claims that every one of us is called to show our individuality by being what we were created to be. We are all born with a defining image representing our own unique concept, which is very encouraging to someone in a crisis.
In Midlife: A Jungian Perspective By Murray Stein
The author uses the Greek god Hermes as an allegory for the midlife crisis, a sudden destructive force that shales our foundation before guiding us to who we’re meant to be.
The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Mid-Life By James Hollis
Hollis discusses the distinction between a job and a calling, explains the relationship between fear and growth, explains the difference between solitude and loneliness, and, most importantly, shows us how to transform midlife crisis into a purpose.
Broken Dreams An Intimate History of the Midlife Crisis By Mark Jackson
This book is a painstakingly researched description of the social and cultural conditions that led middle-aged men and women to reconsider their ambitions and dreams, reevaluate their connections, and seek new forms of identity and new paths to self-actualization.
The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-life Crisis By Luisa A. Igloria
According to the author, these poems began with the premise that “if the Buddha in me can greet the Buddha in you.” She writes about the constant tug of war between our desire for worldly things, our passion for deeper permanence, and our human flaws.
Forty-Nine Steps: Forty-Nine Steps in a Male Midlife Crisis By Morten Meldgaard
This book is about developing, establishing a substantial inner life, and the beauty of changing over time that serves as a foundation for hope. It is about cultivating and maintaining a positive relationship with oneself and one’s spirit.
Forty-Nine Steps: Forty-Nine Steps in a The Mid-Life Crisis Awakening: How to transition into the woman that you were always meant to be By Olga SzakalMidlife Crisis By Morten Meldgaard
Szakal juggled being a mom, entrepreneur, and wife but always longed for something more. This book is about shedding societal expectations of who you are supposed to be.
Mid-Life Crisis on Wheels a bicycle journey around the world By M. L. Buchman
After losing his career, home, and sense of identity, Buchman decides he wants to travel the world on his bike. Follow him as he travels 11,000 miles and to 18 countries to discover who he is and how to approach life with hope.