Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

A Case Study of Pre-Midlife Crisis: An Extraordinary Transformational Episode in an Ordinary Life

By Oliver C. Robinson and Jonathan A. Smith


The current study is a case-study of crisis in pre-midlife adulthood. Previous research by the authors had shown a common process to cases of early adult crisis (Robinson and Smith, in press). This case study was intended to add idiographic depth to our ongoing investigation into the nature of developmental crisis. Data collection for the case study involved two semi-structured interviews followed by an email discussion. Analysis proceeded using a composite methodology that employed elements of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Miles and Huberman‘s Interactive Model. Findings showed four key developmental themes: Unpeeling the Persona, Unlocking the Capacity for Self-Reflection, Reaching beyond Materialist Values and The Emerging Feminine. These themes relate to an underlying shift over the course of the crisis towards a less conventional, more intrinsically motivated and more individuated mode of being

Topics: BF, H1, HT
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2010
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (1993). A dark side of the American dream: Correlates of financial success as a central life aspiration, doi
  2. (1991). A motivational approach to self: Integration in personality, doi
  3. (2008). Developmental Crisis and the Self in Early Adulthood: A Composite Qualitative Analysis, Doctoral Dissertation,
  4. (1968). Identity, Youth and Crisis, doi
  5. (1999). If we are so rich, why aren‘t we happy? doi
  6. (2003). Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, doi
  7. (1997). Introduction: Personality Psychology and the Case Study, doi
  8. (2009). Metaphors and Metamorphoses: Narratives of Identity During Times of Crisis, in D.Robinson, P.Fisher, T.YeadonLee, S.J.Robinson and P.Woodcock, (Eds.) Narrative, Memory and Identities,
  9. (1987). On Managing Midlife Transitions in Career and Family, doi
  10. (2006). Passion and Psychological Adjustment: A Test of the Person-Environment Fit Hypothesis, doi
  11. (1976). Periods in the adult development of men: Ages 18 to 45, Counseling Psychologist, doi
  12. (2003). Predicting the Subjective Experience of Intrinsic Motivation: The Roles of Self-Determination, doi
  13. (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook, doi
  14. (1995). The Art of Case Study Research, doi
  15. (1966). The Collected Works of C.G.Jung - Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, doi
  16. (1959). The Collected Works of C.G.Jung – Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, doi
  17. (1965). The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness,
  18. (1974). The measurement of psychological androgyny, doi
  19. (1993). The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife,
  20. (2004). Transitions: Making Sense of Life‟s Changes,

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.