Me, Me, Me! - Eric Slover November 9, 2011 Final Draft Me,...

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Eric Slover November 9, 2011 Final Draft Me, Me, It’s All About Me! Many people have the characteristics of loving themselves too much in the current generation. The term “Generation Me” is used to refer to those who were born in the 1980’s into the 1990’s. Jean Twenge’s “An Army of One: Me”, is an essay revealing the truths about being apart of GenMe. Twenge is a part of this generation, which makes her a good source of information as well as a translator who provides information and an inside view of what “Generation Me” is all about. GenMe children think very highly of themselves and they often take a lot of things for granted. These two traits are common in narcissistic types of people--people that have an un-healthy liking for their own self. The “Baby Boomers” had the ability to become whatever they wanted by teaching themselves what they were good at, and by experiencing their life independently. Today’s GenMe kids are told what to do and how to do something while being smothered by a parent, thus making the self-esteem found in a child diminished because people are too protective of their kin. They only want the best for their child, but the best for their child may be affecting them negatively. American culture has changed with the self-esteem movement by its side due to the fact that self-improvement is non-existent in and out of the classroom, GenMe children do not understand what the meaning of failure truly is, and the transition between generations. There is a lack of self-improvement that has stricken society for the worse. Self- improvement can be defined as improving by learning and being able to teach one’s self. Self-improvement changes the way one’s life is going to be sculpted and without improvement in one’s life, he or she will live a life without reality. Some part of reality comes from self-esteem, and how a person takes his or her life into perspective. Twenge’s
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Eric Slover November 9, 2011 Final Draft identification with GenMe represents her perspective of where people are placed in the world. An individual looks upon him or herself as special, because that is what we have been told at such a young age. A special person places themselves first, in front of all other people leaving no room for improvement because there is no need to progress. Twenge would agree that a person who places him or herself before everyone else is in no rush to improve their attributes or skills. “GenMe takes for granted that the self comes first, and we often believe exactly what we were so carefully taught---that we’re special” (Twenge, 491). We are taught to succeed as individuals who will learn as we go, instead of stopping every once in a while
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course PSYCHLOGY 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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