Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before (Atria Books, 2007)

I really enjoyed this book.   It describes how the values of many of the ‘under-40’ generation have changed from earlier generations.   While not written specifically for parents, the book helps explain how parenting has changed over the years.

Lumping together Gen-X and Y under the moniker “GenMe,” author Dr. Jean Twenge argues that those born between 1970 and 1995 are more confident and assertive than earlier generations.  However, she also points out that many are also more self-centered, more disrespectful of authority and more depressed than earlier generations.

A member of the ‘Gen-me’ generation,  she explains how Generation Me is the first generation raised to believe that everyone should have high self esteem.

Twenge advocates ‘ditching the self-esteem movement’ in favor of encouraging real accomplishment to be ready for the realities of today’s increasingly competitive workplace.

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