Adolescence is an Existential Crisis

Brynne Schroeder, PhD
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readMar 12

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The term “existential crisis” evokes powerful recognition across time and culture. Reckoning with our own mortality has profound implications for how we live: how we navigate meaning, freedom, and personal responsibility.

These themes are often associated with so-called midlife crises. At this juncture, adults come crashing headlong into harsh reminders of mortality, like retirement or caring for…