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Why No Generation is Unique–Not Even Millennials

Psychologists from Sigmund Freud forward have generally agreed: our core attitudes about life are largely locked in by age five or so. Changing those attitudes requires intense effort.

Neil Howe and William Strauss took this obvious truth and drew an obvious conclusion: if our attitudes form in early childhood, then the point in history at which we live our childhood must play a large part in shaping our attitudes.

It’s not only early childhood, however, that forms us. Howe and Strauss think we go through a second formative period in early adulthood. The challenges we face as we become independent adults determine our approach to life.

These insights mean we can divide the population into generational cohorts, each spanning roughly 20 years. What is most suprising is that the plot of each generation pushes along a familiar path...

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Why No Generation is Unique–Not Even Millennials

  1. 1. Why No Generation is Unique–Not Even Millennials
  2. 2. How is it possible to define the behavior of an entire group based on their birthdates?
  3. 3. Let’s look at the previously mentioned archetypes and how they match the generations alive today.
  4. 4. Heroes
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  6. 6. Artists
  7. 7. Prophets
  8. 8. .
  9. 9. Nomads
  10. 10. The cycle repeats with another Hero Generation: Millennials
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