Anagnorisis is when a character in a story discovers their true self in a moment of revelation. For Asaf Avidan, this came in the form of a mid-life crisis as he approached his 40th birthday. "I was reading this book by Aristotle and I stumbled upon that term and it was like a eureka moment," Avidan explained when he was a guest on the Songfacts Podcast
. "It was a revelation, because I was trying to progress and understand myself because I was turning 40 and going through this process and thinking, Who am I? What am I
, as we do in our mid-life crises. And the deeper I dived, the blurrier it became. There was a formlessness and an abstractness. I kept hating myself and feeling small and unworthy of my profession, because if I can't even depict my own self to myself, how am I going to communicate these themes to others?
But the blurriness was not the problem, it was just the essence. We are an abstract nebula of selves, and every time we try to impose a structure on it, we are inherently lying."