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Philosophisch-ethische Rezensionen
(Erscheinungsdatum der rezensierten Bücher: 20. und 21. Jahrhundert)

Robert Waldinger, Marc Schulz, Questions of the ages

Adolescence (12-19): Walking the tightrope

Teenagers are confronted with the following profound questions:
What kind of person am I becoming? Who do I want to be like, and who do I want not to be like?
What should I do with my life?
Am I proud of who I am and who I am becoming?
Will I be able to make my own way in the world?
How do I know if my friends really like me? Can I count on them?
How can I manage sexual and romantic feelings?

Young Adulthood (20-40): Weaving your own safety net
Young adults have questions like that:
Who I am?
Am I capable of doing what I want with my life?
Am I on the right path?
What do I stand for?
Will anyone love me?

Midlife (41-65): Stepping beyond the self
In this stage of life common questions are like:
Am I doing well compared with others?
Am I in the rut?
Am I a good partner/parent. Do I have good relationship with my kids?
How many years do I have left?
Does the life I'm leading have meaning beyond myself?
What people/purposes I do really care about?
What else do I want to do?

Late Life (66+): Minding what (and who) matters
We start asking questions like that:
How much time do I have left?
How long will I stay healthy?
Am I losing it mentally?
Who do I want to spend this limited time with?
Have I had a good enough life? What was meaningful? What do I regret?

Jürgen Czogalla, 25.02.2023