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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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Generation Me by Jean M. Called “The Entitlement Generation” or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all jesn the country.

In this provocative new book, headline-making psychologist and social commentator Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me” — those born in the s, s, and s — are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambiti Called “The Entitlement Generation” or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all over gneration country.

Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me” — those born in the s, s, and s — are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious. Herself a member of Generation Me, Dr. Twenge uses findings from the largest intergenerational research study ever conducted — with data from 1. Here are the often shocking truths about this generation, including dramatic differences in sexual behavior, as well as controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole.

Generation Me – Dr. Jean Twenge

Her often humorous, eyebrow-raising stories about real people vividly bring to life the hopes and dreams, disappointments and challenges of Generation Me. GenMe has created a profound shift in the American character, changing what it means to be an individual in today’s society. The collision of this generation’s entitled self-focus and today’s competitive marketplace will create one of the most daunting challenges of the new century. Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, funny, “Generation Me” will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and their goals and find their road to happiness.

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To ask other readers questions about Generation Meplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 27, Jeanne rated it did not like it. As a fellow Gen Xer, I looked forward to reading this book. Generation Me started out with a bang and ended on ke sour note. The extensive research and results that Twenge quotes in the first few chapters is impressive, albeit redundant. She makes a solid case displaying the factors behind the current sense of entitlement and subsequent depression of today’s Gen Xers.

However, things begin to fall apart halfway through the book. 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. The reader begins to get a sense that the author is working backwards by developing a theory and finding shaky research to support it or ignoring facts altogether to support her theory.

She quotes statistics supposing to show how housing costs, including taxes, have risen astronomically, but glosses over the fact that average house is larger. An attitude of whining quickly ensues. She illustrates over and over how much a small one-bedroom condo costs in some large city. Perhaps Gen Xers would do better to realize that location in real estate matters, and just because a condo in San Diego is half a million dollars, doesn’t automatically mean that they deserve to have a job affording the condo.

The saddest and most disappointing conclusion Twenge draws is that relating to having children and working Moms. Quote from the book, ” The small study referenced included only children, mostly from low-income families.


It has been challenged time and time again with results from larger studies stating that there is no difference in the intelligence of children who attend day care versus maternal care when mothers’ education was factored into the study.

Her statement is inflammatory, adds fuel to the fire in the so-called Mommy Wars, and does nothing to help women unite in caring for children. She also vilifies the statement that the last two decades of parenting have the belief that “Only you, the individual mother, are responsible for your child’s welfare.

Even in a village, someone must step up and take responsiblity. It’s ironic that in the page chapter devoted to providing solutions, Twenge, herself a self-focused Gen Xer, spends more time telling the rest of society how to adjust to Gen Xers rather than asking Gen Xers to develop and change.

The list she generates for employers alone to relate to Gen Xers is ridiculous.

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It includes things such as including video clips and moving graphics in training seminars because without them Gen Xers will be bored and put to sleep; and teaching them how to “clean up” their language and use Mr. What is her first recommendation to Gen Xers? To quit watching MTV’s Crib show. Only two brief paragraphs are devoted to Gen Xers learning to develop realistic expectations.

And continuing the same vein of irony, Twenge says that the Gen Xers are entitled to paid parental leave almost all the other countries in the world have paid parental leave, why not US? The government and public schools are doing so well with K – 12, let’s give them the 3 year olds, tootax deductible child care expenses, and a change in school hours to more closely match working parents’ hours.

This book should be renamed Generation Me: View all 5 comments. Mar 30, K rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I remember watching “Reality Bites” on video with some friends in college. I remember the characters’ cynicism and aimlessness, and I suspect the movie was pretty aimless as well because I don’t remember a single thing about the plot mostly, I remember debating with myself over whether Ethan Hawke’s goatee was scruffily cool or just plain off-putting.

I never really un I remember watching “Reality Bites” on video with some friends in college.

I never really understood what it actually meant to be a Gen-X-er, and the movie didn’t help much. But this book did. Twenge includes the amorphous Generation X as well as people born in the ’80s and early ’90s in what she aptly calls “Generation Me. We’ve thrown out a lot of our sense of formality and social rules and encouraged individuality at the expense of conformity, with mixed consequences.

Yes, it’s nice that no one cares any more whether you wear white shoes after Labor Day or dictates the choice of careers open to women. But the fact that parents are expected to be more democratic, teachers expected to teach more interactively and hand out good grades more readily, that the rules about what constitutes TMI have basically gone out the window — good thing, or bad thing?

Then, there’s the whole self-esteem thing. I think I’ve said this on goodreads before, but I feel compelled to rant here that one of my pet peeves is the use of the terms “high self-esteem” and “low self-esteem. In my view, the dichotomy is between “healthy self-esteem” and “unhealthy self-esteem” — healthy self-esteem being an accurate sense of your strengths and weaknesses, and unhealthy self-esteem being an inaccurate sense of your strengths and weaknesses.

Your bias may be high, low, or more frequently, bidirectional — the point is that it’s a bias and can therefore be dangerous. Be that as it may, Twenge attacks the self-esteem movement and I heartily agree with her despite her insistence on describing the focus as “high self-esteem”. School curricula designed to raise self-esteem as an end in itself are sorely misguided, says Twenge. Simply praising children over nothing is empty and shallow, and at its worst, breeds narcissism rather than accurate self-confidence.

Kids’ mistakes should be corrected by their teachers — otherwise, how will they learn? Rather than focusing on self-esteem, says Twenge, schools would be far better off focusing on self-control and persistence — research has demonstrated these qualities, far more than self-esteem, to be correlated with success.


And instead of “All About Me” projects, why not have kids interview their classmates instead and learn about others?

The world might actually be a better place if we stopped worrying about ourselves so much and started thinking about other people. Now there’s a thought. Similarly, popular myths like “you need to love yourself before you can truly love someone else” are a load of mf — people who love themselves are narcissists, and narcissists don’t function well in relationships. 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.

Twenge goes on to describe the inevitable disappointment of Generation Me, fed on a steady diet of “You can be anything you want to be” only to get out into the workforce and meet unsympathetic bosses, the realistic need to work at jobs that may actually feel unfulfilling go figureand an ever-increasing cost of living.

This may be a factor generaiton the ever-rising prevalence of depression and anxiety among young adults, pretty ironic and sad when you consider that the twenye we live in is actually way more comfortable and convenient than in previous generations.

Twenge also talks about the cynicism of this generation. Ironically, while we’re taught we can “be anything we want to be,” we also have less and less belief in our power to change the system or even ourselves. It’s a pretty bleak picture, although more or less accurate in my opinion. Twenge does have some ideas about how to improve things — forget the whole self-esteem movement and focus on self-control instead; provide better career counseling for young people; provide more support for working families subsidized child-care, school schedules that are more compatible with parents’ schedules, etc.

I was quite enthusiastic about this book as I was reading it and decided to give it five stars for that reason, but I should qualify that by saying that lots of people have voiced some legitimate criticisms. My husband questions her research and the validity of some of her conclusions and feels she’s being a bit of twejge alarmist, a sentiment which may have been voiced by some other goodreads reviewers. So take what I say with a grain of salt, but for what it’s worth, I found the book to be an insightful view of the generation I grew up in and a lot of its problems.

It depressed me, but it also made me want to think about how I can avoid these pitfalls both personally and as a parent. I think that’s worth a lot. View all 18 comments. Feb 08, Katie rated it it was ok. This book was all over the place. Twenge makes a few good points, but mostly it seems like about halfway through she forgot what her point was.

While she starts out arguing that our generation which spans birth years from about to And ranting about how at least we’re more tolerant of gays. And frantically throwing out as many pop cul This book was all over the place. And frantically throwing out as jezn pop culture references as she can pack into a paragraph, including block quotes from “Batman Begins. Deadlines are killer, I guess? In general while some of her number-crunching is indeed impressive, Twenge relies too much on pop culture crap to tell her what “our generation” thinks and how we behave.

While there is indeed some correlation between what we watch on TV and who we are as people, ttwenge seems ridiculous to turn to Law and Order spinoffs, The OC, and sensationalist CBS reports on teen sex as primary sources.