....If people decrease an entire standard deviation as they
age, then it is not surprising that many middle-aged and older
individuals would find younger people to be narcissistic. Comparatively
speaking, they are. Furthermore, the age differences
in narcissism may be easily confused with generational
changes in narcissism. The distinction between younger people
being more narcissistic than older people and younger people
being more narcissistic than previous generations is probably
too subtle to detect (Ozer, 1993). In turn, when older people are
told that younger people are getting increasingly narcissistic they may be prone to agree because they confuse the claim for
generational change with the fact that younger people are
simply more narcissistic than they are. The confusion leads
to an increased likelihood that older individuals will agree
with the Generation Me argument despite its lack of empirical
I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.
Fading affect bias: a bias in which the emotion associated with unpleasant memories fades more quickly than the emotion associated with positive events..
Hindsight bias: the inclination to see past events as being predictable; also called the "I-knew-it-all-along" effect.
Mood congruent memory bias: the improved recall of information congruent with one's current mood.
Positivity effect: that older adults favor positive over negative information in their memories.
Rosy retrospection: the remembering of the past as having been better than it really was.
two causes for people's recollection of the past to be positively biased. The first cause, according to their review of the research, seems to be due to the simple fact that pleasant events do in fact outnumber unpleasant events because people seek out positive experiences and avoid negative ones. ...
The other process at work involves our memory system treating pleasant emotions differently from unpleasant emotions. Seven studies reviewed by the researchers provide support for a fading affect for negative emotions. Pleasant emotions have been found to fade more slowly from our memory than unpleasant emotions. One mechanism for this uneven fading may involve a process known as minimization. In order to return to our normal level of happiness, we try to minimize the impact of life events. This minimization process - which occurs biologically, cognitively and socially -- is usually stronger for negative events than for positive events.
Quote:then it is not surprising that many middle-aged and older individuals would find younger people to be narcissistic. Comparatively speaking, they are.
of course, there's a nice double whammy
they are more narcissistic - and they're perceived to be even more narcissistic because of the memory factor
hard to win
I've been arguing against "kids today" since I was a kid (literally, I had a kid's advocacy group when I was like 8), and have kept doing it through 2-3 generations, depending on how you count. (I'm 40.)
Yes, that was one of my issues!
I was really, really ticked that I couldn't vote.
That said, I don't actually think kids should vote. They're way too easily swayed by their parents to have a "real" (independent) vote. Their brains are plain different -- not just small adults. (Sorry, 8-yr-old me.)