The Wonderful Crisis of Middle Age Author:Eda J. LeShan Middle age is a critical time for any man or woman--a time either to let yourself fall apart or to be yourself, not what your parents, your spouse, your children, or "the community" want you to be. Readers and TV viewers will be familiar with Eda LeShan's warm, wise, and forth-rightly human dialoges with parents on "How Do Your Children Grow?" ... more » Now she turns her thoughts to the predicament she shares with most of her friends--middle age.
Against a background of scores of interviews with people who have experienced the "wonderful crisis" or are just going into it, Mrs. LeShan talks about what happens to marriage when it faces perhaps its first "moment of truth"--when you are faced with really living with your partner rather than hiding behind marriage/parent roles--and what happens to people in middle age when, often for the first time, they have an opportunity to be themselves in a mature way. Middle age is also a time, she says, to get rid of some of the nonsense and listen to what young people are saying, while taking a hard but refreshing look at some of the beliefs you've paid lip service to, at some of the tendencies and rigidities which, if unexamined, can make the "crisis" anything but wonderful. The ultimate point of the book is human liberation--it will likely as not shock you somewhat, give you plenty to argue with, and inspire you to make some serious and promising changes.« less