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Male Self-Acceptance

Posted May 14 2009 4:35pm

The key to change is identifying patterns in our life. At midlife, we have more material with which to work. Acknowledging that we are re-evaluating our life choices up to this point need not represent the typical "midlife crisis."

In other words, we don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water (or the spouse in this case.)

A recent ScienceAlert article suggests that the midlife crisis is a myth for most men.

Did you know that being aware of your personality type can help to make navigating the path of midlife transition easier?

According to Dr. Rob Brandenburg, "Men in midlife re-evaluate, reassess and regroup, but the manner in which a man responds to this instinctive midlife re-evaluation varies according to their personality type.”

Dr. Brandenburg, a PhD graduate of the University of South Australia (UniSA), looked at Sensing-Thinking and Intuitive-Feeling personality types to compare just how men deal with the curve balls life throws in middle age. Broadly summarized:

The Sensing-Thinking male tends to base his decisions on logic and objective analysis of cause and effect, focusing on the present and on concrete information gained from their senses.

In midlife he finds himself fulfilled in a material sense, but often seeking more meaning from life. His journey is more likely to involve aspiring to a completely new career field.

The Intuitive-Feeling male likely feels he has achieved his career goals, but having done so, is more likely to be disappointed or left wanting. They tend to base their decisions primarily on values and on subjective evaluation of person-centred concerns.

They will tend to seek more self-determination and autonomy within that workplace or start their own business in a similar area. Reevaluation of their career goals is more likely to take the form of seeking fulfillment through different channels in the same work environment.

In conclusion, the common overriding theme for both groups was their sense of empowerment at the variety of lifestyle options open to them, Dr. Bradenburg said.

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