Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 90 scientific publications and the books The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant (April 2012), The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (2009; co-authored with W. Keith Campbell), Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before (2006), all from Free Press. Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today's young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, NBC Nightly News, Fox and Friends, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and daughters.
Narcissism—an inflated view of the self—permeates our culture. Not only are more people narcissistic, but the culture has tilted toward a narcissistic focus on appearance, money, and fame (reality TV is a spectacular example).
Our culture is changing. Technology both connects us and isolates us, which effects our social life from personal relationships to the community and civic life. Managers and educators are trying to figure out the new generation of young people, sometimes called Millennials or GenY (I call them Generation Me). Anxiety is common -- as just one example, women worry about their fertility even before they start trying (one reason I wrote The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant).