Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

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Penguin, 2001 - Self-Help - 202 pages
While the midlife crisis has been thoroughly explored by experts, there is another landmine period in our adult development, called the quarterlife crisis, which can be just as devastating. When young adults emerge at graduation from almost two decades of schooling, during which each step to take is clearly marked, they encounter an overwhelming number of choices regarding their careers, finances, homes, and social networks. Confronted by an often shattering whirlwind of new responsibilities, new liberties, and new options, they feel helpless, panicked, indecisive, and apprehensive.

Quarterlife Crisis is the first book to document this phenomenon and offer insightful advice on smoothly navigating the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, from school to the world beyond. It includes the personal stories of more than one hundred twentysomethings who describe their struggles to carve out personal identities; to cope with their fears of failure; to face making choices rather than avoiding them; and to balance all the demanding aspects of personal and professional life. From "What do all my doubts mean?" to "How do I know if the decisions I'm making are right?" this book compellingly addresses the hardest questions facing young adults today.

 

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Contents

How Am I Supposed to Figure
15
Compromising Positions
22
Keeping the Faith
29
JobHopping
36
What If Im Scared to Stop Being a Kid?
45
three What If I Fail?
67
What Do All of These Doubts Mean?
87
How Do I Know If the Decisions
123
Gut Instinct
139
How Do I Work Out the Right Balance
147
When Love Comes to Town 59
159
The Balancing Act
165
Batting for the Majors
175
Look at All the Lonely People
181
Continuing Education
192
appendix
200

How Do I Know If Im Sure About Somebody?
131

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Alexandra Robbins, a contributing editor at Mademoiselle, is a journalist who has written for such publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Salon, and Time Digital.
Abby Wilner works in the information technology field as a website administrator and lives in Washington, D.C.

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