This paper reports two related studies of narrative themes in adults at midlife utilizing modified forms of McAdams' lifestory interview procedures. Study one identified narrative themes in memories of nuclear episodes and examined the relationships among those narrative themes and measures of generativity and well-being. Hierarchical regressions showed that themes of contamination and of affect tone were significant independent predictors of several aspects of eudiamonic and hedonic well-being. Overall the findings demonstrated the utility of combining data from narrative measures with data from self-report inventories. Study two used a modified form of McAdams' life story interview to elicit content themes in a sample of midlife adults who perceived themselves to be going through a transitional period in their lives. Themes identified by McAdams (1993) as relevant to midlife (sublimation of passion, contextualisation of thought, confrontation of opposites, and a sense of ending) were all evident in the narratives and were related to the sense of transition. In addition, responses to specific prompts showed how such themes were experienced in the day to day experiences of reminiscence of the respondents. Strategies of reminiscence were identified and related to strategies utilized to manage the transitions of midlife.