Jean Twenge, San Diego State University psychology professor and author of the book “Generation Me” , discusses statistical data that the current generations are more narcissistic than the previous generations before them.
“There are some advantages and some disadvantages to self-esteem, so having some degree of confidence is often a good thing,” says Twenge.
There’s a growing disconnect between self-perception and reality, according to Martha Irvine, a writer for the Associated Press.
Kali Trzesniewski, an associate professor of human development at the University of California, Davis and Jeffrey Arnett, a research professor in the psychology department at Clark University in Massachusetts, respond to Twenge’s statements concerning overconfidence found in the current generation.
Arnett doesn’t object to Twenge’s findings. But he adds: “I disagree with using those findings as a way to promote these negative stereotypes of young people, which I spend a lot of my time battling against.” – Martha Irvine, AP National Writer.
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