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Tech & Science Baby boomers are more sensitive than millennials, according to the largest-ever study on narcissism

18:28  12 december  2019
18:28  12 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Millennials are on the cusp of surpassing Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation , according to The Millennial generation continues to grow as young immigrants expand its ranks. Boomers – whose generation was defined by the boom in U.S. births following World War

Baby boomers often believe millennials to be ignorant and self-involved, when in reality baby boomers are considered the “Me” generation . According to Time, millennials are “lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents”; then, just this past May, the cover of Time read: “How

  • A new study, the largest-ever conducted narcissism, looked specifically at hypersensitivity, a trait that helps determine how narcissistic people are.
  • Its findings suggests that, contrary to popular belief,millennials aren't more sensitive than the baby boomer generation. In fact, it's the other way around.
  • Generally speaking, as individuals in the study got older, they became less sensitive and the researchers found hypersensitivity sharply declined after a person turned 40.
  • But when the researchers looked at generation-specific trends, they noticed that overall, older generations were more sensitive than younger generations.
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A new study suggests that, contrary to popular belief, millennials aren't more sensitive than the baby boomer generation. In fact, it's the other way around.

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According to a new study , millennials believe people should be financially independent on average a year and a half earlier than baby boomers . The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Due to the sheer scale of this

Baby boomers (also known as boomers ) are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The Baby Boom generation is most often defined as those individuals

The study including nearly 750 people, published December 10 in the journal Psychology and Ageing, is the largest study of narcissism to date. In it, researchers examined six previously collected data sets so researchers could better understand how narcissistic traits vary among generations, and how levels of narcissism change as people age.

Previous studies have only examined generational or individual trends in narcissistic behaviours, but not both at the same time like this new study.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which a person has an inflated sense of self-importance and lack of empathy for others, which are typically mechanisms used to mask their low self-esteem, according to the Mayo Clinic. These behaviours can be more mild, too, in which case a person exhibits one or two narcissistic traits, but doesn't have the full-blown disorder.

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Are millennials the most self-centered generation ever ? Many people think so. The academic debate about trends in narcissism has played out in a series of papers, each claiming to use better statistical methods We all have narcissistic traits, and some of us simply have more than others.

Most baby - boomers will be retiring soon, which will put considerable pressure on our pension The level of baby boomers being paid for by us is ever increasing while there are fewer of us to foot It's great that people are living longer but the subsidy for the pension system is already the largest item

For the current study, researchers looked at people between the ages of 13 and 77 who had completed interviews about their work, personality, and family lives, which psychologists and psychiatrists then analysed and ranked on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 having the most narcissistic traits like defensiveness, authoritativeness, and stubbornness.

The researchers used "hypersensitivity" to determine a person's level of defensiveness, which William Chopik, a social-personality psychologist at Michigan State and a co-author of the study, said they defined as being unreceptive to others' feedback and lashing out at any criticism toward one's self.

They found that younger generations are less hypersensitive than older generations.

This suggests the millennial generation, which includes people who are currently between 23 and 38 years old, is less sensitive than the baby boomer generation, which includes people between the ages of 55 and 73.

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The baby -boom generation was born between 1946 and 1964; Millennials are defined as being born between 1981 and 1997, according to Pew That change has preoccupied the Boomers for most of their own working lives. Going back to the 1970s, American factories already were starting to close

But are Millennials any more narcissistic than , say, the Baby Boomers In fact, according to the APA, only about 1 percent of people would meet the textbook definition of narcissism . Other studies have directly contradicted the idea that Millennials are the most narcissistic of previous generations .

Most people become less narcissistic as they get older

a person standing next to a river: Romantic relationships, work, and parenting are all experiences that can make a person less narcissistic, Chopik said. Romantic relationships, work, and parenting are all experiences that can make a person less narcissistic, Chopik said.

Generally speaking, as individuals in the study got older, they became less sensitive and the researchers found hypersensitivity sharply declined after a person turned 40.

But when the researchers looked at generation-specific trends, they noticed that overall, older generations were more sensitive than younger generations.

According to Chopik, this could be due to generation-specific events that shaped study participants' outlooks on life.

In the United States, for example, "baby boomers may be more narcissistic than other generations because they grew up in a time when the government provided privileges like social security," Chopik said, noting that the increase in narcissistic traits between boomers and younger generations is still relatively small.

There were some caveats to the study. For example, the researchers relied on existing data sets to reach their conclusions rather than personally following people of different generations for decades. Chopik also noted that narcissism can be measured various ways and they only used one of those methods, which could have skewed the results.

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Are Millennials the most narcissistic generation yet? In everyday life we tend to the use the word ‘ narcissism ’ to describe behavior and a way of thinking similar to Narcissus in the myth: self-admiration and obsession Are the baby - boomers more narcissistic than their parents were at the same age?

These sorts of judgment calls are the reason Generation X remains smaller than those before and after it (leading to the nickname The Middle Child Generation ). With so many members, millennials are likely to wield more power in the workplace, too, said Jan K. Vink, a demographer at Cornell University.

The study still offers insight into an age-old trope that suggests younger generations are inherently more self-centered than older ones.

"Based on our study, there's weak evidence that this [younger] generation is the worst in human history," Chopik said, adding that he hopes his team's findings quell parents who fear their teenagers' narcissistic behaviours will never change.

"We know younger people on average are more narcissistic, but that goes away as they age. People will live their own lives and have experiences to lower that narcissism and mature," Chopik said.

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