Generation Me

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Generation Me:
Has the Self-Esteem Movement Resulted in Unrealistic Expectations for Success?

Jean M. Twenge argues that those born after 1970 “are more confident, assertive, entitled – and more miserable than ever before” (Twenge, 2006). Is this true? How did this happen? And why does it matter?
Everyone was born into a generation. Some people accept it, while others prefer not to be branded into stereotypes. But regardless of whether you have warmed up to the label, the generation that you were born into influences the culture that you will experience, from pop culture and social trends, to world events, economics, and value systems. Twenge (2006) considers anyone born between 1970 and 2000 to be members of “Generation Me” or “GenMe”.
From the time people in this generation were born, we have been told our parents, grandparents, teachers, and even our favourite television personalities that we are all unique and special. We have been raised to believe that everyone should have a high self-esteem. “When the Baby Boomers became parents, there began a society-wide effort to increase children’s self-esteem” (Twenge, 2006). Parents are encouraged to raise their children’s’ self-esteem even when kids are completing basic activities, such as simply colouring. Many schools have specific programs designed to build children’s’ self-esteem. In fact, a quick internet search shows that the mission statements of many schools openly declare that it is their duty to raise students’ self-esteem:
“We celebrate the pursuit of lifelong learning and are committed to nurturing high self-esteem”.
“Our mission is to provide a joyful learning provide a joyful learning environment that empowers children to reach their educational and personal potential while nurturing their self-confidence and self-esteem”.
“We are committed to developing students with high…...

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