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Text 1. Do we need extra vitamins?

Many people believe that taking vitamin supplements is the best safeguard against the dangers of an incomplete diet, but this should be ①a last resort (最后手段)rather than a way out of a problem. Even if there is a genuine need for extra vitamins, then sooner or later the question arises "which ones do I need, how much of them, and how often?" There is really no simple answer to this question. The Food Standards Committee (guardians②保护者of our laws on food purity, labelling and advertising clams and descriptions) suggest in their recent report to the government that we do not need any extra vitamins. They say that they are "not necessary for a healthy individual eating a normal diet". Whilst few of us would challenge their authority on the subject of nutrition it is, perhaps, pertinent to ask the question "how many of us are healthy, and what is a normal diet? "There is an element of doubt in many minds about these two aspects and though few people are familiar with the wording of the Food Standards Report they do wonder instinctively if they are eating the right things. The blame for faulty eating habits is often placed at the door of the ubiquitous③(a. being everywhere, esp. at the same time 普遍存在的)junk and convenience foods. As we have seen, some of these are not the criminals they are made out to be White bread is only slightly less nutritious than brown bread and frozen vegetables can be almost as "fresh" as fresh food. There are very few foods which can really be described as pure rubbish. Many pre-packed goods contain too much sugar and we would all benefit by avoiding these, but most tinned, processed and dried foods contain useful amounts of fat, protein, carbohydrate④(n. 碳水化合物), vitamins and minerals. The addition of a small amount of fruit or a side salad to

convenience foods such as pizzas or hamburgers can turn a snack into a well-balanced meal.


'Junk' food is difficult to define. White sugar is proba bly the nearest contender⑤(n. rival, competitor)竞争者,对手for the title. It contains plenty of calories for energy but not much else, and is often described as an "empty calorie" food. Alcohol is also high in calories, but beer and wine contain some of the B vitamins and wine is a good source of

iron, so even a teetotaler ⑥(a person who never drinks alcohol)滴酒不沾的人could not describe all alcohol as useless, nutritionally speaking. Calories measure the energy we derive from the food we eat, and sugar and alcohol are sometimes described as having a high energy density. There is a limit to the amount of energy we need each day

(2,000-2,200 calories is the average for women and 2,500-3,000 for men) and if we eat

too much sugar and alcohol there is no appetite left for the vitamin-rich foods we need -- fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. Buying vitamins can be predicted by psychological as well as nutritional motives and it is prudent to investigate why we think we need them and what benefits we expect from them before we rush off to the health shop to make our purchases.


Most of us buy vitamins for one of three reasons. Either we believe that they are prophylactic⑦(a. 预防性的), that is they will ward off advancing ills, or they are therapeutic⑧(a. 治疗的) and will deal with the ills we have already, or finally we may believe they are wonder drugs and will lift us into a state of super health, with all its attendant⑨(a. connected with)伴随的,有联系的delights. We are protected from some of these wild imaginings by the laws which control advertising but even without false promise we still believe that v itamins will “do us good”. Belief is a very potent state of mind and the power of the placebo(10n. 安慰剂)pill is never underestimated in clinical trials used to test new drugs. A placebo is a harmless substance given to one group of patients in the trial and it is similar in taste and appearance to a new drug which is given to a second group of patients. Theoretically the drug should cure or relieve any symptoms and the placebo should have no effect. Often these trials produce surprising results and the placebo group recover as well as the group taking the new drug. This has been explained in the light of modern psychology because many of us react favourably to any kind of interest taken in our problems and derive as much benefit from that as we would from a medical drug. It is a “mind over matter” philosophy and for some of us it works. Vitamin pills can sometimes fall into this category.



Vitamins B and C cannot be retained (11. v. avoid losing 保留) in the body so if we take more than we need of these they are soon excreted (12. v. get rid of waste from the body 排泄)in the urine. The possible exception here is the theory about the increased body “pool” of vitamin C, but even this is limited and is still largely unproven. Taking too much of the fat soluble vitamins can be dangerous and vitamins A and D should never be taken indiscriminately. Vitamin E has not been found to have any toxic(13. a. poisonous 有毒的)effect in large doses but neither do there seem to be any noticeable benefits. This is an unexplored area in vitamin research and the only known advantages of vitamin E are confined to specialised medical cases.


Text 2Women and tobacco

1. When smoking amongst women was not as widespread as it is now, women were considered to be almost free from cardiovascular( a. 心血管的) diseases and lung cancer. Unhappily, the situation has changed, and smoking kills over half a million women each year in the industrialized world. But it is also an increasingly important cause of ill health amongst women in developing countries.在女性吸烟人数还没有今天这样多时,人们认为女性几乎不会得心血管疾病和肺癌。不幸的是,现在已今非昔比,在世界工业化国家,每年因吸烟而致死的女性已超过50万。在发展中国家,吸烟也日益成为女性健康不佳的重要原因。

2. A recent WHO consultation on the statistical aspects of tobacco-related mortality(2 n. the number of deaths from a certain cause 死亡数) concluded that the toll (3 n. the cost in health, life, etc., from illness, an accident 重大的代价,损失,(事故的)伤亡人数) that can be attributed to smoking throughout the world is 2.7 million deaths per year. It also predicted that, if current patterns of cigarette smoking continue unchanged, the global death toll from tobacco by the year 2025 may increase to eight million deaths per year. A large proportion of these will be amongst women.最近,世界卫生组织搞了一次与吸烟有关的死亡人数的评估会,统计结果表明,全世界每年因吸烟而致死的人数为270万。世界每年因吸烟而致死的人数将增加到800万,其中很大一部分将为女性。

3. Despite these alarming statistics, the scale of the threat that smoking poses to women's health has received surprisingly little attention. Smoking is still seen by many as a mainly male problem, perhaps because men were the first to take up the habit and therefore the first to suffer the ill-effects. This is no longer the case. Women who smoke like men will

die like men. WHO estimates that, in industrialized countries, smoking rates amongst men and women are very similar,, at around 30 per cent; in a large number of developed countries, smoking is now more common among teenage girls than boys.尽管这些数字令人吃惊,但吸烟对女性身体健康所造成的严重危险并未引起人们多大关注,这令人震惊。在许多人看来,吸烟仍然主要是男人的问题。这或许是因为首先是男人养成了吸烟的习惯并最先吃到了苦头。但现在的情形决不是这样了。像男人那样吸烟的女人也会像男人那样死去。据世界卫生组织估计,在工业化国家中,男人和女人的吸烟率非常接近,大约为总人口的30%;在许多发达国家中,未成熟的青少年中吸烟的女性超过了男性。

4. As women took up smoking later than men, the full impact (4 n. the force of an idea, invention, system, etc. 效果,影响,冲击)of smoking on their health has yet to be seen. But it is clear from countries where women have smoked longest, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, that smoking causes the same diseases in women as in men and the gap between their death rates is narrowing. On current trends, some 20 to 25 per cent of women who smoke will die from their habit. One in three of these deaths will be among women under 65 years of age. The US Surgeon General has estimated that, amongst these women, smoking is responsible for around 40 per cent heart disease deaths, 55 per cent of lethal strokes (5 由中风引起的死亡)and, among women of all ages, 80 per cent of lung cancer deaths and 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Over the last 20 years, death rates in women from lung cancer have more than doubled in Japan, Norway Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom; have increased by more than 200 per cent in Australia, Denmark and New Zealand; and have increased by more than 300 per cent in Canada and the United States.由于女性的吸烟史短于男性,对她们身体的影响还没有充


5. There are dramatically increasing trends in respiratory (6 a. connected with breathing

呼吸用的,呼吸系统的) cancer among women in developed countries, and the casual relationship of smoking, rather than air pollution and other factors, to lung cancer is very clear. In the United States, for instance, the mortality rate for lung cancer among female non-smokers has not changed during the past 20 years. During the same period, the rate among female smokers has increased by a factor of half. In South-East Asia, more than 85 per cent of oral cancer cases in women are caused by tobacco habits.在发达国家中,女性患呼吸系统癌病的人有大幅度增加的势头。而且人们已经清楚,在吸烟与肺癌―而不是空气污染或其它别的因素-存在着某种关系。比如在美国,在过去的20年中,不吸烟女性的肺癌死亡率并没有改变,而在吸烟女性中这种病的死亡率却增加了约50%。在东南亚,有超过85%的女性喉咽癌患者与吸烟有关。

6. Women's health is also affected by the smoking of others, that is, by passive or involuntary smoking; for example, it has been shown that non-smoking wives of heavy smokers run a higher risk of lung cancer.女性的健康还因其他人吸烟而受到影响,即所谓


7. What can be done to halt (7 v. to (cause to) stop使停止) and reverse (8. v. change to the opposite 颠倒,反向) the tobacco epidemic amongst women? The challenge is twofold, to reduce the already high level of smoking among women in the industrialized world and to ensure that the low level of smoking in developing countries does not increase. In order to achieve these goals, all countries need to develop comprehensive anti-tobacco programs which take into account and address the needs of women. Whilst these programs should be culture-specific and tailored to meet the local situation, experts agree that to be successful they must contain three key elements; protection, education and support.应该采取什么措施才能阻止并扭转在女性中流行的吸烟风气呢?应该从两方面入手,一是减少世界上发达国家中业已很高升。为做到这两点,所有国家都需要制订一套全面的反吸烟计划,在这些计划中必须考虑到并且突出女性的需要,这些计划应该考虑为了保证这些计划获得成功,计划中必须包含下述三方面主要内容:保护,教育和支持。

8. Young girls and women need to be protected from inducements (9 n. an incentive, something that helps bring about an action or a desired result 引诱物,刺激,诱因) to smoke. Tobacco is multinational, multi-billion dollar industry. It is also an industry under threat; one quarter of its customers, in the long-term, had been killed by using its product and smoking is declining in many industrialized countries. To maintain profits, tobacco companies need to ensure that at least 2.7 million new smokers, usually young people, start smoking every year. Women haven been clearly identified as a key target group for tobacco advertising in both the industrialized and developing worlds. Billions of US dollars

each year are spent on promoting this lethal product specifically to women.要保护年轻的女性免受吸烟的诱惑。烟草工业遍布世界各地,而且利润很高,但它又是一个随时都受到威胁的产业。烟民中的四分之一最终要因吸烟而死亡,吸烟习惯在许多工业化国家中正在逐渐被摒弃。为了确保利润不下降,烟草公司必须保证每年发展270万新烟民,通常都是年轻人。无论在工业化国家中还是在发展中国家里,烟草公司的广告明确地把女性作为其发展新烟民的主要对象。每年都有几十亿美元被用来促销这种致命的产品,这种促销尤其针对着广大的女性。

9.This strategy has been highlighted( 10 v. to emphasize or make prominent使显著) by several tobacco journals which have carried articles on "Targeting the female smoker" and suggesting that retailer should "look to the ladies". Among the 20 US magazines that received the most cigarette advertising revenue(11 n. income, esp. that which the government receives as taxes 收入) in 1985, eight were women’s magazines. In the same year, a study on the cigarette advertising policies of 53 British women's magazines (read by more than half of all British women) showed that 64 per cent of the magazines accepted cigarette advertising, which represented an average of seven per cent of total advertising revenue.这种促销策略充分体现在几本烟草杂志上,登载了诸如“瞄准女烟民”的系列文章,并建议零售商要“关心女士们”。1985年在美国20家接受香烟广告费最多的杂志中有8家是妇女杂志。同年,在53家英国妇女杂志(阅读对象占全英国妇女一半以上)的香烟广告策略所做的一次研究表明,64%的杂志都刊登香烟广告,平均占总广告费的7%。

10. Research in industrialized countries has shown the subtle(12 a. delicate, hardly noticeable, and esp. pleasant 精巧的,敏感的) methods used to encourage young girls to

smoke. The impact of such methods is likely to be even greater in developing countries, where young people are generally less knowledgeable about smoking hazards(13 n. danger 危险,冒险)and may be more attracted by glamorous, affluent(14 a. having plenty of money or other possessions 丰富的,富裕的), desirable images of the female smoker. This is why WHO, together with other national and international health agencies, has repeatedly called or national legislation banning all forms of tobacco promotion, and for an appropriate "high price" policy which would slow down the "enthusiasm" of young women for tobacco consumption.在工业化国家所做的研究表明,为了鼓励年轻女性吸烟,在烟草广告中使用了一些细微巧妙的方法。这些方法在发展中国家所产生的影响可能会更为巨大,因为那里的年轻人一般对吸烟的害处了解较少,因而更容易被吸烟女性那副充满魅力,显得富有和令人羡慕的形象所吸引。这就是为什么世界卫生组织及其他国家和国际卫生组织反复呼吁各国立法,禁止任何形式的香烟促销活动,并且呼吁对香烟实行适当“高价”政策,以期降低年轻女性对香烟消费的“热情”。

11. Young girls and women have a right to be informed about the damage that smoking can do to their health. They also need to acquire skills to resist pressures to star smoking or to give it up. Several countries have developed integrated school and preschool health education programs which have successfully reduced girls' smoking rates; but this education should not be restricted to what happens in school. There are many other examples of effective cessation (15 n. a short pause or a stop 停止)programs in the workplace and primary health centers. Unfortunately, many women do not have the opportunity to be involved in such programs, and programs have generally been less successful with women than men.年轻女性有权知道吸烟对她们的健康可能造成的损害。她们也需了解一些方法来抵制学吸烟时的压力或戒烟。有些国家创建了综合学校


12. In order for women to become, and remain, non-smokers they need support. Support over these difficult days when the addiction cycle is broken. Support to help them deal in other less damaging ways with the reasons that caused them to smoke. Environments need to be created which enable them to break free of this health damaging behavior, to make the healthy choices the best choices.为了让女性成为不吸烟者并坚持下去,她们需要支持,在她们烟瘾发作的困难时刻帮助她们。对她们的支持要能帮助她们用较少有害的方式去消除掉想吸烟的各种理由。要创造出一种坏境,在这种环境中,使她们能够摆脱掉这种对健康有害的行为,让她们把选择健康作为她们的最佳选择。

13. Smoking amongst women has already reached epidemic proportions and will continue to escalate (16. v. rise one after the other 逐步上升) unless action is taken now. Delays can only cause further suffering and deaths of women; this is hwy WHO's new program on Tobacco or Health is giving high priority to action to protect women and children.女性吸烟已经到了四处蔓延的程度,而且如果不采取行动还将继续蔓延下去。拖延时间只会加重女性的痛苦并导致更多的女性死亡。为此世界卫生组织提出了“要香烟还是要健康”的新行动纲领,并优先付诸实施以保护妇女和儿童。

14. But what can be done to tackle(17 v. deal with (a matter) 处理,解决) this problem? Community health workers can develop health education programs for young girls. Primary care workers can ensure that all women receive information, advice and support

to help them give up the habit. Governments, national and international organizations, and WHO in particular, can act as advocates (18 n. a person who speaks for or supports an idea, way of life , etc. 鼓吹者,提倡者)for women's health to ensure that the issue of women and tobacco is put high on the health and political agenda, by pressing for action to protect women.但是应该做些什么来解决这个难题呢?社区保健人员可以为年轻女性开设保健教育课程;基层管理人员可以保证使所有女性都获得有关的知识、建议和支持,以便帮助她们改掉吸烟习惯;政府、各国和国际组织,尤其是世界卫生组织可以倡导增强女性健康,确保把女性和吸烟问题排在卫生和政治事务日程表上的重要位置,迫切要求采取行动保护妇女。

15. Only by exposing the previously hidden problem of women and tobacco, only by putting women in the picture, will we be able to secure major improvements in the health of women worldwide.只有把以前有关女性和吸烟的隐匿问题暴露出来,只有让女性们了解到实际情况,我们才能保证在全世界使妇女的健康水平得到根本的改观。



(Which are the best years of life? All of us ask ourselves this question from time to time, and we probably come up with different answers. The reason seems to be that different periods are related to different kinds of achievement and relates these areas to specific periods of life.)(哪段时光是人生的黄金岁月?我们所有的人都经常问自己这个问题,而且我们得出的答案可能各不相同。原因似乎是不同的阶段与不同的成就相关联,而这些不同的领域又与生命的各个具体阶段相联系。)

The ups and downs of life may seem to have no predictable (1a. that can be seen or told in advance 可预言的) plan. But scientists now know there are very definite life patterns that almost all people share. Today, when we live 20 years longer than our great-grandparents, and when women mysteriously outlive (v. live longer than 活过……,比……活得长) men by seven years, it is clearer than ever that the “game of life” is really a game of trade-offs. As we age, we trade strength for ingenuity (n. skill and cleverness in making and arranging thins 机灵,独创性), speed for thoroughness, passion for reason. These exchanges may not always seem fair, but at every age, there are some advantages. So it is reassuring to note that even if you’ve passed some of your “prime (n. the time of greatest perfection, strenth or activity 全盛时期)”青春的,精华的, you still have other prime years to experience in the future. Certain important primes seem to peak later in time.生活中的沉浮似乎并没有什么可预见的计划,但现在科学家们知道,几乎所有的人都有一些非常固定的生活模式。今天,当我们比祖辈多活20年的时候,当女性神秘地比男性寿长7岁的时候,“人生的游戏”实际上就是“交换的游戏”,这一点比以往任何时候都更加清楚。随着年龄的增长,我们用智慧代替力量,用全面代替速度,用理性代替激情。这些交换似乎并不总是那么公正的,但在每一个年龄段上,人都有各自的某些优势。所以,不妨尽可放心地看到,尽管你已经逾越了生命中的某些黄金时期,你在未来仍然有另外的黄金岁月去度过,某些重要的颠峰时期在时间上出现得比较晚。

WHEN ARE YOU SMARTEST? From 18 to 25, according to I. Q., scores; but you are more experienced with increasing age. You’re sharpest in your 20’s; ar ound 30, memory begins to decline (v. decrease, move from a better to worse position 减少,下降), particularly your ability to perform mathematical computations. “But your I. Q. for other tasks climbs,” says Berkeley psychologist. Arthur Jensen. Your vocabulary at age 45, for example,

is three times as great as when you graduated from college. At 60, your brain possesses almost four times as much information as it did at age 21. This trade-off between sharpness and wisdom has led psychologist Dr. Leopold Bella t o suggest that “maturity quotients(成熟商数)” (M.Q. s instead of I. Q. s) be adopted for adults.你什么时候最聪明?根据智商分数推算,18到25岁时最聪明。但随着年龄的增长,你的智慧和经验会越来越多。人20岁时最机敏,30岁左右时记忆力开始衰退,尤其是数学计算能力。伯克利心理学家阿瑟。詹森说:“但你做其他事情的能力却在增长。”比如,你45岁时的词汇量是你大学刚毕业时的三倍;60岁时,你大脑中拥有的信息量几乎是你21岁时的四倍。这种机敏与智慧之间的交换使得心理学家利奥普。白洛克博士提出建议,应该用“成熟商数”来衡量成年人。

WHEN ARE YOU HEALTHIEST? For men, from 15 to 25; for women 15 to 30.

“A man is in his best shape in the decade before age 25,” says New York internist Dr. Donald Tompkins. “His muscles are firmest, his r esistance to colds and infections (n. the state of result of disease being put into body 传染,感染) is highest, and his body is most efficient in utilizing nutrients. “Women, for reasons scientists do not understand, get a five-year bonus (n. anything pleasant, but unexpected 意想不到的收获). Peak health begins to decline when the body process called anabolism (n. cell growth 细胞生长) (cell growth) is overtaken by the opposite process, catabolism (n. cell death 细胞死亡) (cell death). “Cells have been dying since birth,” says Tomkins, “but in our late 20’s, they start dying faster than they are replaced.” Also, muscle is replaced with fat. 你什么时候身体



Women also get an additional bonus of good health later in life. The figures of National Institute of Health show that the onset of such “old age” disease as arthritis(n. inflammation of a joint, as in gout or rheumatism 关节炎), rheumatism(n. any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain or stiffness 风湿病), and heart ailments (n. illness 疾病) deny the generally greater fitness of women: Life expectancy for men is now 68.3; for women 75.9. Says U. S. aging authority William Kennel, “Older women with low blood pressure are practically important.” However, psychologists believe that by entering the competitive job market in increasing numbers, women may eventually give up their statistical (a. of collected numbers which represent facts or measurement 统计的) advantage.在生命的晚期,女性也格外身体好。国家健康研究所数字显示,这种诸如关节炎、风湿病和心脏病的“老年”病的发作,总体来说对适应性较强的女性并不多见。男人的估计寿命是68.3岁,女人则为75.9岁。年龄权威人士威廉姆.凯纳尔说:“年龄较大的女性保持低血压实际上是非常重要的。”但心理学家认为,随着愈来愈多的女性进入竞争激烈的就业市场,女士最终可能不再具有现在统计数字上的优势。WHEN ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO DEVELOP MENTAL DISORDERS? From 30 to 35.This surprisingly narrow peak is very real. The National Institute of Mental Health (INMH) reports that more than half of the patients in mental hospitals, male and female, are in this age group (men leading women by about 20%)什么时候你最容易患精神错乱病症?


But if we are most neurotic (a. 患神经病的) between 30 and 35, apparently we recover quickly. Admissions to mental hospitals drop sharply around age 40 and stay down until age 65. Yet, say psychologists, between 40 and 55, more people report they “feel” on the verge (n. 边缘) of a nervous breakdown. Relatively few actually occur. “We become veterans (n. a person who has had long experience 老手,有经验的人) at coping,” says psychologist Marvin Marlins.但如果我们在30到35岁之间最易患神经病,很明显,我们会很快康复。精神病医院接纳的40岁左右的病人数量急剧减少,而且一直持续到65岁的患者都很少。不过心理学家说,在40到55岁之间的人罗多的人说他们“感到”处在神经崩溃的边缘,实际发生的却相对很少。心理学家马文.卡林斯说:“我们在处置这类情况时很有经验。”

Suicide, a measure of mental problems, peaks from 20 to 24 and then again around 70. Incidences of suicide are smallest among people with intact marriages, highest among the divorced.自杀是精神问题的一种,高峰期出在20到24岁之间和70岁左右。完整婚姻中的自杀率最低,而在离异家庭中自杀率最高。

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST? You have the best physical sense of yourself from 15 to 24; the best professional sense from 40 to 49. Pessimism (n. tendency to look at the worst aspect of things 悲观主义) peaks between 30 and 39. San Diego State University psychologists Marilyn Barges and Linda Dutton found that before age 24, we believe that our happiest years are yet to come; over 30, we believer that they’re behind us. A National Health

Survey agrees: After age 30, we “become more realistic and do not view happiness as a goal in itself. If we maintain our health, achieve professional and emotional goals, then happiness, we feel, we follow.”你什么时候最幸福?你对自己的身体状况感到最满意是15至24岁,对事业感到最满意是40至49岁,悲观情结最严重是30至39。对地亚哥州立大学心理学家玛里琳.博格斯与琳达.达顿发现,24岁之前,我们认为我们最幸福的日子还没到来;过了30岁,我们又认为最幸福的日子已经过去了。国家健康调查报告认为,过了30岁以后,我们“变得较为现实,而且并不把幸福就当作目的本身。如果我们保持身体健康,实现了事业和感情的目标,那么我们就会感到我们获得了幸福。”

The American Institute of Public Opinion says that the pessimism peak occurs when we realize that talent and determination aren’t enough to guarantee (v. to assure, ensure保证,担保) success. Lady Luck must help.美国公共舆论研究所认为,当我们认识到才能与意志并不足以保证我们获得成功时,严重的悲观情绪就会产生了,此时就要靠“运气女神”帮忙了。

Also, youth’s good physical sense of self apparently does little to foster happiness. “Parents who tell their teenage children, ‘ These are the happiest years,’” says Lagged, “couldn’t be more wrong. Adolescence is very difficult. Only when you are 49 and looking back does youth look blissful (a. extremely happy 非常幸福的,极其快乐的).”另外,年轻人对自己的身体状况感觉良好很明显并不能产生幸福感。“父母对他们未成年的孩子说:‘这是最幸福的岁月。’”利格特说:“这样说就大错特错了。青春时期,荆刺遍地。只有当你40岁回首往事时才会发现青春是极为美好的。

WHEN ARE YOU MOST CREATIVE? Generally between 30 to 39, but the peak varies with different professions.

Mozart wrote a symphony and four sonatas (奏鸣曲) by age eight, and Mendelssohn composed his best-known work, A Midsummer Night’s dream, at 17. Psychologist H. C. Lehman presents the years for peak work in many fields. Though the peak in most fields comes early---most Nobel Prize winners did their top research in their late 20’s and 30’s----creative people continue to produce quality work throughout their lives.你什么时候最富有创造力?一般说是在30至39岁之间,但其高峰期又因职业而异。莫扎特8岁时即创作出一部交响曲和四首奏鸣曲。门德尔松17岁时谱写了他的广为人知的作品《仲夏夜之梦》。心理学家H.C.莱曼描绘了许多领域里高峰期代表作的不同年龄。尽管在大多数领域中,这种高峰期均来得很早-大多数诺贝尔奖获得者都是在其30岁前那几年和30至40岁之间作出了最突出的成就-但具有创造力的人终其一生都能做出高质量的工作。

By viewing life’s various peaks, we can easily get the feeling that we are part of a giant give-and –take plan. Though statistically the plan is there, we must remember that every peak has many exceptions. Says Mulish, “The human life journey cannot be charted by a single curving line.”通过观察一生中不同的高峰期,我们很容易得到这种印象,即我们都是一项放庞大的(给予与索取)计划中的一部分。虽然从统计上看确有这么一个计划,我们必须记住,所有的高峰期都具有例外的。麦克利什说:“人的生命历程不能用单一的曲线来勾划。”

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