Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived

Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived

by Alexandra Robbins

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Overview

The practical followup to the acclaimed bestseller

In 2001, the groundbreaking book Quarterlife Crisis® addressed the unique and unsettling trials of entering modern adulthood. For the first time, it identified how twentysomethings were lost and confused, and lamented the absence of a guide-a roadmap with solutions for how to emerge from the crisis successful, happy, and sane.

Now, the author of Quarterlife Crisis® delivers that roadmap. Alexandra Robbins goes beyond defining the problem of the quarterlife crisis and puts readers on the path to conquering it. She asks-and answers-the tough, soul-searching questions that keep young adults awake at night:

- How do I weigh doing what I love versus making money?
- Will I ever find my "soul mate"?
- Why is it so hard to make friends?
- Why are my twenties so different from what I expected?

With new voices as well as follow-up interviews with some of the original Quarterlife Crisis® twentysomethings, Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis® is the new go-to guide for people who want it all...but just aren't sure what that is yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440624025
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 893 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alexandra Robbins, a contributing editor at Mademoiselle, is a journalist who has written for such publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Salon, and Time Digital.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Answersxi
Part 1Hopes and Dreams1
1.What if I don't know what I want?3
2.How do I find my passion?15
3.When do I let go of my dream?26
4.What if I don't get what I want by the age I thought I'd get it?39
5.How do I start over? or, What if I spent years working hard and now realize I made a mistake?46
Part 2Relationships55
6.Why am I having trouble meeting people?57
7.How important are sparks?65
8.How do I know if I'm dating The One?72
9.How do I know if I was just experimenting or if I'm really gay or bi?79
Part 3Work Life85
10.How do I weigh doing something I love versus making enough money?87
11.Will I always hate going to work?96
12.When do I give up on a job?103
13.What if I want to completely change direction in my career?111
14.Should I go back to school? or, What if school was a waste?119
Part 4Home, Friends, and Family127
15.Why is it so hard to live alone?129
16.What if I feel like I'm "stuck"?135
17.Why is it so hard to find friends?141
18.What if my friends and I are drifting apart?148
19.How do I stop comparing myself to other people?154
20.Should I move back in with my parents?162
Part 5Identity169
21.Why can't I deal with adulthood?171
22.What do I do if my life seems boring or meaningless?180
23.How do I stop feeling so overwhelmed?191
24.When will I stop feeling afraid of and start looking forward to growing older?198
25.What if I don't like myself? or, Will I ever be happy?203
Conclusion220
Acknowledgments225
About the Author235

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