The characters on the small screen can teach us much, especially about ourselves. In NEW YORK Magazine, Margaret Lyons deconstructs Joan on "Mad Men." Lyons explains Joan's decision to sleep with car dealer as due to being in a "liminal phase." That's the state of limbo in which we are no longer the person who we used to be but haven't yet become the person we could be.
So many of us Baby Boomers find ourselves in transition or the liminal phase. For example, our businesses used to be so wildly successful. Now we are struggling to reposition them for changing digital times. Or we recognize that it will be difficult to continue to work inside an organization and we will have to put together another way of making a good living.
Transition is such a soul-wrenching experience because we lack a comfort zone. Instead we have to create a new world in which we fit, at least for a while. The word of caution here is that Joan is not being self-protective as she travels her life and work without a clear identity. Will she wind up a suicide? Or will she, like Peggy, have the courage and confidence to leave the firm and treat life as an adventure rather than a burden?