What You Need to Know About Quarter-Life Crises


Not all Singaporeans know about Quarter-Life Crisis (QLC). They know the feeling but they cannot put a name on it. If you are in your mid-twenties and you do not know what to do with your life, you are definitely struggling with QLC. Mid-twenties should be the best years of your life but there is a nagging feeling that you are not happy or satisfied.


QLC was first termed by Abby Wilner in 1997. When you hear about QLC, it usually refers to an event which a person begins to feel uncertain about his/her life maybe bought on by the stress of being an adult. Experts take on more studies about this subject.

Phase Structures of QLC

Dr. Oliver Robinson, a lecturer at the University of Greenwich recently conducted a study about QLC. His study included fifty people aged 25 to 35. These people are interviewed of their experiences of crises in their early adulthood. He identified four phase structure of QLC but these structures are also akin to mid-life crises. Phase 1 talks about feeling of “locked in” to relationship, job or even both. Phase 2 talks about a growing need for change. Phase 3 talks about a period of transformation and Phase 4 talks about solidification of the newly made commitments.


Now you should know about the survey results consolidated by Gumtree.com, a famous advertising and trading website. Of 1,100 respondents, 86% confessed of feeling under pressure to succeed in their finances and relationships before they turn 30. Of 5 people, 2 worry about their money and thinking they do not earn enough. 32% also feel pressured to get married and have children before they reach 30. 21% also wanted a change of career and 6% are thinking of emigrating.


There are a growing number of 25 year old people who experience more demands and pressures. Every year, you fight millions of people for that job opening or you get into more debts to finance careers, degrees and even accommodation. These events sometimes make you feel even more depressed.

Looking at It

People who suffer QLC want to succeed and those who have an idealism of what their life should be. QLC is inevitable but you should look at it positively. The experience should bring about constructive change and you will eventually solidify the new foundations. If you handle QLC well, it will reduce your suffering from a mid-life crisis. Remember not to store problems for later because changing it will be too hard.