Why we shouldn’t call midlife blues a ‘crisis’
2018-07-11 00:00:00


JUDY WOODRUFF: Researchers have found thatsatisfaction with life drops in our late 30s(1)
JUDY WOODRUFF:研究人员发现,对生命的满意度在30年代后期下降

and bottoms out in our 40s, rising steadily,before reaching a peak in our 70s.(2)
在我们40多岁时达到峰值之前,我们在40多岁时跌跌撞撞,稳步上升。

You can call it the grandkid effect maybe?(3)
你可以称它为孙子般的效果吗?

Well, despite these disparities, tonight,in Jonathan Rauch's humble opinion, there(4)
好吧,尽管存在这些差异,今晚,在Jonathan Rauch的拙见中,那里

is no such thing as a midlife crisis.(5)
不是中年危机。

JONATHAN RAUCH, Author: Writing a book onage and happiness, I kept feeling a jolt,(6)
JONATHAN RAUCH,作者:写一本关于年龄和幸福的书,我一直感到震惊,

like deja vu.(7)
像似曾相识。

I would be interviewing middle-aged men andwomen, but they had a secret.(8)
我会采访中年男性和女性,但他们有一个秘密。

They expressed embarrassment about how theyfelt, often shame.(9)
他们对自己的感受表示尴尬,经常感到羞耻。

But they kept it to themselves.(10)
但他们把它留给了自己。

I know this territory.(11)
我知道这个领域。

We gay Americans call it the closet.(12)
我们同性恋美国人称之为壁橱。

I lived in one for 25 years.(13)
我住了一年25年。

It was a lonely, sad, painful place.(14)
这是一个孤独,悲伤,痛苦的地方。

Now here I am, hearing the same music, butwith different words.(15)
现在我在这里,听到相同的音乐,但用不同的词语。

This time, the people I hear it from are nothiding their sexuality.(16)
这一次,我听到的人并没有隐瞒他们的性取向。

They are hiding their midlife slump.(17)
他们正在隐藏他们的中年萧条。

Recent research by economists, psychologists,and even in brain scans shows that age is(18)
经济学家,心理学家甚至脑部扫描的最新研究表明,年龄是

not a neutral emotional backdrop.(19)
不是一个中性的情感背景。

Feeling satisfied and grateful is easiestin the early and late decades of life, and(20)
在生命的早期和晚期,感到满足和感激是最容易的,并且

harder in the middle.(21)
中间更难。

Midlife dissatisfaction seems to be a naturaland normal transition, as our values change(22)
随着我们的价值观发生变化,中年不满似乎是一种自然而正常的过渡

and our brains develop.(23)
我们的大脑发展。

It appears we have evolved to chase successand status in youth.(24)
看来我们已经发展到追求青年的成功和地位。

In late adulthood, we shift our prioritiestoward community and connection.(25)
在成年后期,我们将优先事项转向社区和联系。

In between comes a sometimes rocky emotionalreboot.(26)
在两者之间来临时有点情绪重启。

Something pretty fundamental must be goingon, because a similar pattern has been found(27)
必须要进行一些非常基本的事情,因为已经找到了类似的模式

in chimps and orangutans.(28)
在黑猩猩和猩猩。

Yet we call it a crisis, which usually itisn't.(29)
然而,我们称之为危机,通常情况并非如此。

For men, we mock it with stereotypes of sportscars and bimbos.(30)
对于男人来说,我们用跑车和bimbos的刻板印象嘲笑它。

For women, we trivialize it as horror aboutwrinkles.(31)
对于女性来说,我们将它简单化为对皱纹的恐惧。

We medicalize it as depression, when it'sreally dissatisfaction.(32)
当它真的不满时,我们把它医治化为抑郁症。

We dismiss it as a First World problem.(33)
我们认为它是第一世界的问题。

No one wants to be a punchline, a cliche,a basket case.(34)
没有人想成为一个妙语,一个陈词滥调,一个篮子案件。

So people hide their feelings and push throughwithout support.(35)
因此,人们隐藏自己的感情,并在没有支持的情

And isolation only makes matters worse.(36)
隔离只会让事情变得更糟。

If you're in a midlife slump, don't let yourselfbe isolated or ashamed.(37)
如果你处于中年衰退期,不要让自己孤立或羞愧。

You're normal.(38)
你很正常

If you know someone in a midlife slump, treatthem as normal.(39)
如果你认识中年人衰退的人,就把他们视为正常。

Don't panic.(40)
不要惊慌。

Don't mock.(41)
不要嘲笑。

Accept and support.(42)
接受并支持。

Homosexuality is not wrong or harmful, butcloseting it is.(43)
同性恋不是错误的或有害的,但与之相关。

Midlife malaise isn't wrong or harmful, butcloseting it is.(44)
中年萎靡不是没有错,也不是有害的。

Each of us right now can crack the closetdoor open a bit more for ourselves and someone(45)
我们现在每个人都可以为我们自己和某人打开衣柜门

we care about.(46)
我们关心。

Start by talking about midlife transition,not midlife crisis.(47)
首先谈论中年过渡,而不是中年危机。

It can do a world of healing.(48)
它可以做一个愈合的世界。

JUDY WOODRUFF: Jonathan Rauch.(49)
JUDY WOODRUFF:Jonathan Rauch。


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