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iGen: Narcissism and Neuroticism: Dr. Jean Twenge (Transcript)

Transcript of JBP Podcast titled “iGen: Narcissism and Neuroticism” with Dr. Jean Twenge. In this episode, Dr Jordan B Peterson and Dr. Jean Twenge discuss the often volatile and unhealthy world of internet anonymity, trolling, trait neuroticism, and the effect of technology on our less independent, more narcissistic young adults- now referred to as the “iGen,” or “Internet Generation.”


DR JORDAN B PETERSON: Hello, everyone. I’m pleased today to be talking with a fellow research psychologist. Dr. Jean M. Twenge is the author of the recent iGen, why today’s super connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy and completely unprepared for adulthood. She is professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of more than 180 scientific publications and books. Her other published books include Generation Me, why today’s young Americans are more confident, assertive, entitled and more miserable than ever before. The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, co-authored with W. Keith Campbell. The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant. Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others, co-authored with W. Keith Campbell and Social Psychology, co-authored with David G. Myers.

Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a data set of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors and corporate executives. Her research has been covered by Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post. And she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC and National Public Radio.


Dr. Twenge holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters. I’m very much looking forward to talking to Dr. Twenge today, particularly about narcissism and online behavior among young people. You introduce the book, Who is iGen? How do we know? And then talk about chapter one, In No Hurry, Growing Up Slowly. That’s the prolongation of childhood. And so tell us about that and also about what you make of it.

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