“In his forties your man will likely hit that middle-aged crisis of wondering whether his life counts for anything. Even if he’s achieved some success, he might say, ‘So what? Is this important? Does it really matter? What’s next? Where do I go from here?’ These are good questions for him to ask. But in sorting them out, he needs someone special to talk to about the tremendous feelings of doubt and fear and insecurity they stir up. He especially needs a sensitive wife who can help lend perspective to his accomplishments and what he’s done right. You, more than any other person, can build him up during a period of instability.”