Similarities for both include:
- Influenced by the youth culture
- Aware of their aging bodies
- Affected by the generations on each side--adolescents and aging parents
- Disappointed by their disposability to society.
- Experiencing a lowered self-image
- Feeling unfulfilled in their marriage
The differences include:
- Career The midlife man is asking, "Why should I work?" The midlife woman asks, "When can I start to work?"
- Intimacy A midlife man longs to regain his relationship with his children and wife, which he has neglected for his career. The midlife woman often trades intimacy for accomplishing new goals.
- Assertiveness The midlife man is ready to kick back. The woman is ready to take steps to make new things happen.
- View of death Because of the sharp increase in men’s deaths from midlife on, a man is rudely confronted with his own mortality. The midlife woman, however, does not think much about death because heart attacks and other diseases usually don’t happen until after menopause.
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