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A life crisis before thirty? This is not uncommon today. Many young people in Switzerland are stuck in more or less severe sensory and life crises.

You can get it if you really want. ' I probably don't 'wante' 'really' enough. On the other hand, I 'want' at least enough to be really dissatisfied not to 'kill' it.
Author: Sarah Kuttner from the book Defective Copy (published: 2009)

This quote comes from the book “Defective copy”, the link opens in a new window, which deals with the desperate diamond. Karo is in her late twenties and is in a life crisis due to her rapidly changing personal and professional environment. Many young people in Switzerland and the western world feel the same way as Karo.

One in four people drop out

The quarterlife crisis is not a new term. It was launched in the USA in 1997 and describes the crisis in the first quarter of life (which is mathematically incorrect, unless we are 110 years old - you never know). This crisis is reflected in various life situations. But it is always associated with dissatisfaction. This is particularly clear in the numbers of dropouts and changes in subjects in Switzerland: every fourth student dropped out in 2017. 56 percent of these dropouts are justified with: "Doubts about the meaning of the course".

Lisa * also had such doubts. She studied biology for five years and then completed her master's degree with an internship. During this internship in a canton hospital, Lisa performed so well that she was permanently employed in 2015. And that, although Lisa already realized in her Bachelor that this is not the right way.

Lisa is now in the middle of a quarter life crisis: She quit her job last summer and is now working in customer service at a Zurich startup. She has turned her back on biology for the time being and is currently facing a big question mark.

Many young people feel like Lisa

The world has become more complex. Social media also have a major influence on showing an ever greater range of options when choosing a career.
Author: Cornelia Beck Psychological Counseling Center, University of Zurich

Cornelia Beck from the Psychological Counseling Center at the University of Zurich, Link opens in a new window says that 20 percent of young people between twenty and thirty are in a quarter life crisis. This crisis is a scale value and mostly temporary. It becomes difficult when this crisis continues and leads to depression or the like.

In young people, such dramatic crises can have serious psychological consequences, such as eating disorders or anxiety. In such severe cases, psychotherapeutic treatment is recommended.
Author: Cornelia Beck Psychological Counseling Center, University of Zurich

A paradigm shift is often visible in young people who are in crisis. Old values ​​meet new values ​​and that is why it is not uncommon for young people (Millennials, Generation Y) to be portrayed as effeminate. Nowadays something is a problem much faster, it seems. Lisa, too, sometimes feels the reproachful pressure of society.

Sometimes I feel like society implies that I owe it. I often think about what I could give back to society with my Masters degree. That often gives me a headache.
Author: LisaMaster at ETH in Biology

It's not that simple. It is important, however, when you (or someone in your environment) is in such a crisis not to lapse into passivity. Because the quarter life crisis, like any crisis, can only be managed actively and sometimes only with help.

* Name changed by the editor

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  • Commentary from Tom Duran (Tom Duran)
    The question should be: what else does our current zeitgeist offer besides consumption?
    It's getting thin!
    Let me put it this way, only those who learn to be happy completely independently of others and others will be able to live contentedly in the long term.
    It is not the state, the company or advertising that determine how they should live. You do it yourself!
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Daniele Schranz (CWL Media Group)
    Here is a message to the older generations. More material wealth and possibilities in no way replace the promotion of individual talents and especially the love that the young generation needs. You can your "you
    boys have it so much better than we did back then. So if I were in your place today, then etc ...... "move somewhere else. The fact that times change never means that everything is going up because of that.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Tom Duran (Tom Duran)
      I am older but I have no wealth. And neither do many others. I don't know what you mean by that. I also have to pay the bills every month and nothing is left. Perhaps you even have more money than me and many other "old people"! Or what do you imagine what it means to get older?
      Maybe you build a fortune with your CWL Group (never heard) and then smile at the poor?
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from Daniele Schranz (CWL Media Group)
    No wonder. Swiss society only guides you to function and ideally not to think about what could make you happy. An interesting comparison occurs to me: "When I started school,
    they asked me to write down
    what I would like to become later.
    I wrote: Happy.

    They told me I had the question
    not properly understood.
    I replied to them that they are
    would not have understood life correctly "
    Agree agree to the comment

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