2017/01/15 A psychiatrist and the mid-life crisis



I hear there are many types of psychiatrist. Some are just prescribers. That is, they just diagnose and prescribe. They never listen to their patients. Others are more inclined to listen, but they are such adherents of their schools of psychiatry that they only try to find what the schools instruct them to in what their patients tell and to ignore the rest.

The author of the above article, who is also a psychiatrist, struck me as an unusual type.  He recommends that Japanese business people in their 50s should study only in order to tell others about what they have studied: 

資格試験、入学試験、昇級試験など、試験に合格するという明確な目的がある場合には、それに向けて問題集を解くなどの勉強をする必要がありますが、自分なりの思想や視点を持つための勉強や情報収集などの「出口」は、どこにあるのでしょうか? 本を読んでいる割には、そこで読んだことを語れない人が意外に多いのです。それでは、せっかくの勉強熱心さも、単なる自己満足で終わってしまいます。


On the other hand, there is a philosopher who says this way of living often leads one to a mid-life crisis. 


The mid-life crisis is characterized by despair in life. In the light of how soon they will end their lives, middle-agers will either lose hope of achieving what they have been trying to attain or  realize they are at loss what they should do with the rest of the life. Kieran Setiya maintains that such crises are caused because they live project-oriented, that is because they live in an attempt to carry out projects. So he suggests that they should get more invovled in activities that are no projects, such as taking a walk, talking with philosophers and studying. This involvement can be an anodyne for the crises.

I hope the way of living recommended by the author in the article I cited above will not make any of the readers eventually suffer from mid-life crises.