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Results of research, which will be referred in the article, refers to the picture of youthful and current dreams of middle-aged women and relationships between: the sense of fulfillment of dreams from the 16-24 age period, possession of current dreams and intensification of midlife crisis. The research problem was formulated based on the Levinson theory (Levinson et al., 1978, 1996). In research, on the ground of literature, were formulated hypotheses of connections between the picture of dreams with the intensification of the midlife crisis. The following methods were used: the structured interview concerning dreams (Kałużna, 2005), The Midlife Crisis Questionnaire (version for women by Oleś and Baranowska, 2003). In research participated women aged 35-50 with the secondary education and higher. Results: realizing youthful dreams by middle-aged women correlates negatively with the result of Midlifecrisis Questionnaire. This means, that the women, who have the feeling of having realized their youthful dreams experience a lesser intensification of mid-life crisis, and specifically a lesser intensification of its negative components. Women, whose youth dreams had autonomic source, in mid-life have lesser intensification of mid-life crisis. That women, whose actual dreams are limited to satisfying basic needs, have biggest tendency to negative estimation of life.