Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon

by Andrew Jamieson

Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon
Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon
Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon
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Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon

by Andrew Jamieson

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Only two species of mammal have an extensive, post-reproductive life: killer whales – whose elders can sniff out food for their pods – and Homo sapiens. While the rationale behind the whale’s longevity seems clear, what is the point of ours?

This question intrigued Carl Jung who observed that if a culture is to thrive, it must find a balance between the energy of the young and the experience of the old. But to obtain this equilibrium, we need to pass through the dreaded middle years.

Examining the Jungian concept of the midlife crisis, and the lives of prominent figures who endured it (including Abraham Lincoln and Marie Curie), psychoanalyst Andrew Jamieson shows how there is an evolutionary purpose behind this rite of passage which ­­– once traversed – holds the key to our prosperity.

A sweeping and ultimately optimistic examination of the topic... One of those rare books which has much to offer a wide range of interested readers.
New Psycotherapist
‘As this wise, beautifully written book explains with patience and humanity, the thing we fear most may be the thing that ultimately liberates us.’
Stephen Johnson, author of How Shostakovich Changed my Mind
‘This valuable book has opened my mind and understanding to new trains of thought, fresh healing ideas and a radical new view of childbirth.’
John May, The Generalist

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Signed copies available – click here.

Only two species of mammal have an extensive, post-reproductive life: killer whales – whose elders can sniff out food for their pods – and Homo sapiens. While the rationale behind the whale’s longevity seems clear, what is the point of ours?

This question intrigued Carl Jung who observed that if a culture is to thrive, it must find a balance between the energy of the young and the experience of the old. But to obtain this equilibrium, we need to pass through the dreaded middle years.

Examining the Jungian concept of the midlife crisis, and the lives of prominent figures who endured it (including Abraham Lincoln and Marie Curie), psychoanalyst Andrew Jamieson shows how there is an evolutionary purpose behind this rite of passage which ­­– once traversed – holds the key to our prosperity.

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Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions 19 × 12 × 1.5 cm
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Hardcover

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