Jean M. Twenge, Author. Free Press $25 (p) (Born in , Twenge herself is at the edge of the Me Generation.) Her book is livened with. In this provocative new book, headline-making psychologist and social commentator Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls ” Generation Me”. Generation Me – Revised and Updated by Jean M. Twenge – In this provocative and newly revised book, headline-making psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge.

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She does discuss the economy, in chapter 4, offering yet more evidence for why America is far from the best country to emigrate to – speaking as a foreigner. Fear of crime is lower as well. Apr 08, Lupe rated it liked it.

The Rise of Anxiety — Stress, anxiety and depression are on the rise for GenMe, as is suicide; a self-focused generation leads to freedom, but also loneliness and pressure to stand alone.

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Enlightening analysis with plenty of real life stories and analogies supporting her study. While this leads to some great things a belief that everyone is unique, special, valuable, lovable, capable–does anyone else remember having to recite “I am loved and capable” in a class; tolerance, a celebration of diversity, optimism that anything is possible, etc.

GenMe’ers have started having children themselves and she wonders aloud whether the trends will continue to worsen, or if the unrealistic expectations and the anxiety and depression that comes from them – particularly in our economic climate – will see a different generation born of this one. This is not that surprising—the Boomers practically invented youth rebellion in the s.

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What I see when I look around, and what my own research has found, is actually a more collective society, more collective than ever, with an extreme loss of individualism and privacy. Having a stable marriage is one of the most geneartion predictors of happiness.

With soaring housing prices and health insurance premiums outstripping incomes, people can’t afford to have children let alone a house or even a small condo. In the high school sample, religious participation declined the most among working-class youth whose fathers did not attend college.

Almost immediately, several students began to argue with me about the questions, claiming that the answers they had chosen were right. My generation is much more independent. The perfect family was proper and composed.

Living in the Age of Entitlement. However, few are based on data comparing the generations—unfortunate given the emphasis on evidence-based management. An Army of One: I also really took to the author’s suggestion of starting school days later, so that children are on schedules more in line with a workday. Return to Book Page. This has the advantage of more objective measurement, but any one-time survey has a big downside: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The difficulties of finding a job after university and affording a house and children – the things that designate “adult” and so, she says, we are “postponing” adulthood, which I don’t agree with – are in Canada as well, and other countries I’m sure, but at least we have health care.

There are some mean truths that are aired like dirty laundry, and even if you don’t behave in such-and-such a way, you tend to feel guilty by association, because you’re of this generation. Quotes from Generation Me: I think the only way we can stop racism is to have more interracial babies.

Not only are the clothes formal, but so is the posing and demeanor. GenMe’s expectations have been raised just as the world is becoming more competitive, creating an enormous clash between expectations and reality. The reader begins to get a sense that the author is working backward As a fellow Gen Xer, I looked forward to reading this book. Learn how your comment data is processed. Companies are now more likely to raid pension funds and engage in mass layoffs to prop up a sinking stock price.


In our over-time analysis, the largest generational difference appeared in the importance of work and views of work-life balance. Some of it is my inconsistent parenting and my lazy tendency to sometimes go along with the modern method of over-rewarding the kids.

Generation Me – Dr. Jean Twenge

And instead of “All About Me” projects, why not have kids interview their classmates instead and learn about others? The Best Books of So many students wrote candid essays about sex that I finally took it off the list of possible topics because I had more than enough stories. Apparently young people today are depressed and selfish. Yes, but still, she never explored any one topic in great length and the book seemed to me like a glorified list of differences between generations.

Growing up as a Okay, honestly I didn’t quiet finish this book-I skimmed the last 50 pages. While it’s difficult to tell if this can be traced back to kids having their own way at home, it’s certainly one possibility.

Self-esteem is not necessarily a prerequisite for a good relationship — in fact, it’s actually the result of a good relationship; people in good relationships tend to have higher self-esteem than people who are alone.

Health issues are also the subject of much more honest and open discussion.