Blue sports car at the curb

The Bulging Suit in the Jazzy Sports Car

It’s too much of a cliché really, the sun-glassed ageing dude in the cool sports car. Some smile at the sight, others cringe depending on how close to home the image strikes, but we all know what’s up. The mid-life crisis. Here’s my take on it. blue sports car image courtesy Zan Ilic at Unsplash The typical path to growing up is strewn with external prompts and cues. Everyone seems to know what we need to be doing. First orders… Read more

Cardboard mockup frame of a rocketship held up by a right hand in a window.

The Fifties – Snoring or Soaring?

Let’s talk about the forgotten 50s. There’s not much work out there that focuses on the developmental psychology of these years, but their significance for a generative later life is profound. Through your 20s you’re humming along, pretty fast-paced, hopefully having a variety of experiences and plenty of fun in the service of developing a personality. Don’t narrow your horizons too early. Your 30s are busy, busy, busy. You know exactly what’s needed of you because the demands are in… Read more

Adult male in a yellow windbreaker sitting on a rocky shore facing a rough sea.

Saturn and Our Experience of Self in the World

For those interested in Astrology, Saturn has a strong influence on our experience of self in the world. We are offered a karmic reckoning every 29.5 years, the time it takes for Saturn to return to the same place as at our birth. The age of 59 is therefore another ‘Saturn-return’. A simple Google search describes the host of effects it can have. “Saturn has been known as the Great Malefic, whose transits are met with dread. But Saturn is… Read more

Land Rover on a barren gravel road in Northern Iceland 1972.

The 50s: Flourishing or Floundering?

When I was in my 20s I met the work of a Dutch psychiatrist and educator named Bernard Lievegoed. He was well known in Holland and abroad, having founded the Netherlands Pedagogical Institute and written numerous books. He won a national award — the Gouden Ganzenveer — for his cultural contribution through the written word. What registered most strongly for me was his work on stages of development — particularly in adulthood. Although his work seems quite outdated now due… Read more