Option #1: Dean’s Normative Crisis
Dean is 49 and has a brand new sports car, a new look, new interests, and has turned to extracurricular activities—he has become less interested in being with Leah, his wife of 25 years, and suddenly more interested in going to nightclubs to drink, dance, and gain the attention of younger women. After experiencing burnout a few years ago and being laid off from his job, Dean took time off to return to school. He earned a graduate degree and then had to begin his new career at a lower level and work his way up. Dean makes more money than he did in his previous career but does not yet have the same status he enjoyed on his old job. Retirement is still many years away, and he has plenty of time to succeed in his new role and even possibly become a partner in the firm.
Briefly describe and evaluate the concept of a normative crisis that occurs in middle age, addressing each of the following items in your response:
- Refer to and apply Erikson’s theory and the commentary provided in this week’s textbook readings on midlife crisis.
- Relate Erikson’s work specifically to personal priority rearrangements that may occur in middle adulthood.
- Explain how the concept of midlife crisis relates to lives of midlife males, transgender individuals, and females.
Discuss and cite the course textbook and at least one additional credible source to support the knowledge and recommendations in your paper. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find the credible source(s). The paper should be 2-4 pages in length doubled space with document and citation formatting per CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. include at least 3 references and make sure they are cited throughout the short essay.