Section 11 – 5 Adulthood’s Ages and Stages Objective: Explain why the path of adult development need not be lightly linked to one’s chronological age. Midlife Transition Midlife Crisis - As age comes around the 40’s, there is a sudden crisis of great struggle and regret. According to data however, there is no significant surge in emotional crisis rates. Midlife Crises, and emotional stability surges can happen at any age, due to a variety of causes. Social Clock Social clock is the culturally preferred timing of social events such as marriage, parenthood, and retirement. Social clock varies from cultural to cultural and era to era. In Jordan, 40% of brides are in their teens; in Honk Kong only 3% are in their teens. In Western Europe, less than 10% of men over 65 remain in the work force, while in the United States 16% do. The social clock once prescribed that university graduation should occur around the age of 22. Today, more students are earning at other ages. Life Events and Chance Encounters Significant events in life (like marriage, divorce, and vocational change) can have a drastic effect on one’s path in life and can mark transitions to new life stages. In this day and age, people are more likely than ever to go out of sync with the “social clock” The influence of chance encounters can be best observed with David Lykken and Auke Tellegen’s research into twins and their spouses, finding that only 5 percent of twin siblings said “I could have fallen for my twin’s partner.” Therefore, adult development relies less on the biological processes within the body and mind, but more on the experiences in life itself.