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The Invention of Middle Age

Excerpt from Patricia Cohen's latest book on defining and embracing middle age

Middle age has been cast in a series of roles: a measure of productivity, a threat to beauty and sexuality, a scientific conundrum, a marketing tool, a state of psychological development, a social and political metaphor, a literary device. These interpretations or frames have affected how individuals have understood and experienced the middle decades and influenced the narratives we construct about our lives. … Back to Article

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