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What is a ‘quarter-life crisis’?

Matthew Kay rejects the 'generation snowflake' stereotype in favour of supporting young lawyers' mental health

18 February 2019

You may have been noticing the phrase ‘quarter-life crisis’, increasingly popping up in careers advice blogs as well as interviews with millennial celebrities.

If you haven’t experienced this or aren’t in this generation you may be confused as to what a ‘quarter-life crisis’ is.

Despite impressions or stereotypes of the so-called mid-life crisis being well-known – the middle-aged man with a newborn appetite for sportscars – awareness is steadily growing around this condition and sadly the definition of a quarter-life crisis is far from the older generations’ experience.

A quarter-life crisis is whereby millennials feel fear and social anxiety over not being where they envisaged they would be in their 20s – in life, relationships and their career. The increased conversation around this is helping destigmatise stereotypes around this experience that some millennials are going through.

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