Underground Ages: Why People Don’t Always Act their Age
Original title: Les âges clandestins. Pourquoi on ne fait pas toujours son âge
Acting younger than your age, or older, or seeming to be ageless… We are like puppets in the hands of “underground” ages that can turn into handicaps. This book reveals a problem that is far more complex than it might seem at first glance.
Do we act our age? Should we act our age? How can we (not) act our age? In western society, those questions have taken on greater importance over the last twenty years. Hidden beneath our “real” or “official” age – the one on our birth certificates – are unofficial, “underground” ages that we can’t always control. We feel like teens again when we’re at a party, or we romp like kids at the beach.
Those “emotional crystallizations” create a reservoir of specific sensations and emotional states that can constrain us, create issues, or even poison our existences (creating issues in our relationships and sexuality, addictions, eating disorders and more). How can we recognize and reign in those crystallizations in order to use them for our own good?