A middle-aged man with an identity crisis is usually the face of the midlife crisis discussion. One trigger often cited is the realization he has made all the "right" decisions in life as a man, only to feel trapped by them. He then grasps at evidence of his vitality in a way that goes against society's and his family's expectations. The result is not always as extreme or prolonged as movies make it out to be, but it can cause upheaval.
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