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The Art of Understanding People

The following blog report is from various forms of research and my love of understanding people. I believe this information is necessary to know of your children, in the workplace and in your personal life. Let me know what you think. I want to hear from you!

Silent Generation or Traditionalist born between 1922 and 1946

This group of people lived through the depression and WW11.They are also called The Veterans (born 1920-1943.) Boomers are seen as most productive. Silent Generation” and “Greatest Generation” are the most admired:) That’s my generation!!

Depending on when you have children, these are approximate dates!

Baby Boomers(born 1946 – 1964)

Generation X – (born about 1964-1980.) Generation X as most innovative.

Generation Y, Millennials or Nexters– They are defined as separate from Generation X to a succession from “Generation X” and also reflects a change in the sexual openness of the younger generation, and then aged 13–19 as well as the teenagers of the upcoming ten years. Generation Y is seen as most Self-indulgent. (born l980-2000.)

There is actually a Generation Me! This describes anyone born in the l970’s, l980’d or 1990’s. These people would be between 7 and 36. Know anyone like this? They are today’s young people who take it for granted that the self comes first! One of my children is in this one!)

A recent survey by Harris Interactive conducted for Charles Schwab and Age Wave asked almost 4,000 Americans, (ages 21 to 83) what they thought of different generations. Specifically, they were asked about people, (ages 13 to 31), or Generation Y; (ages 32 to 43) or Generation X, Baby Boomers, (ages 44 to 62,) the “Silent Generation,” (ages 63 to 83) and the “Greatest Generation,” (ages 84 or older.) The results show how very differently people view the different generations, with many people holding strong positive and negative opinions about them.

These are some of the results of a Harris Interactive survey, Rethinking Retirement, based on a nationwide sample of 3,868 adults (ages 21 to 83) surveyed online in March and April 2008. Much of the survey was focused on retirement issues and retirement planning.

Some of the most interesting findings are:

Baby Boomers (35%) are most widely viewed as having a positive effect on society, followed by Generation X (25%);

The Silent Generation (33%) and the Greatest Generation (30%) are the most widely admired generations, followed by Baby Boomers (22%);

The Silent Generation (40%) and Baby Boomers (33%) are widely viewed as the most generous;

The two generations widely seen as the most productive are Baby Boomers (45%) and Generation X (32%);

A 53 percent majority (including a majority of Gen Y itself) believe Generation Y is the most self-indulgent, followed by Generation X (25%);

A 41 percent plurality sees Generation X as the most innovative, followed by Baby Boomers (25%) and Generation Y (22%);

There is no consensus as to which generation is most socially conscious, but Baby Boomers (34%) and Generation X (26%) top the list;

Gen Y would like to rename themselves the “Internet Generation” (32%). They really dislike being called “Generation Y” or “Millennials“;

Gen X would choose to rename themselves “Generation Tech” (25%). They dislike being called “Generation X“;

Baby Boomers are the only generation which seems to really like the name given to them (27%)

The Silent Generation would re-name themselves the “Responsible Generation” (44%). They strongly dislike being called “Silent” or “Invisible.”

 So What Does This Mean? Myth versus Reality

These findings show that two widely-held views are false. One is that America is riddled with ageism and that younger people have no respect for older people. While there is surely some prejudice against older people which sometimes leads to age discrimination, the two oldest generations – the Silent and the Greatest Generations – are much more admired than any other generation. There are several reasons why there is so little hostility to older people or concern about what some people have termed “intergenerational equity”.

One is that they are our parents and grandparents. Another is that we all hope to get old one day. Furthermore, research has shown that older people are much more likely to give money to their children and grandchildren than vice-versa. While older people are the beneficiaries of Social Security and Medicare, and the taxes that are needed to pay for them, most people do not see them as a burden to younger generations.

Another common belief, shown to be false in this survey, is that Baby Boomers are widely seen as particularly self-indulgent or even greedy. In reality, Boomers get higher marks than other generations for being socially conscious, productive and having a positive effect on society.

This research was conducted by many studies. There is much disagreement about dates and ages of the various generations. My hope is that we can GET THIS STRAIGHT with your comments. Let us know what generation you are from, what your age is and how you view life.

Now, this ought to get interesting!

Thanks so much for visiting. Feel free to email me at drjoyceknudsen@gmail.com or if you wish to be a guest on my radio show, talk about generations, or if you are thinking about creating a business. I would love to help in any way possible. On Twitter, I am known as #TrueGiver as I love to share for others in order for them to soar.

~Dr. Joyce

The Silent Generation/The Greatest Generation – Lived through the depression and WWII – 1920
Baby Boomers – Children of the Silent Generation (typically born right after WWII, when there was a baby boom, and hence the name) – 1945
Generation X – Children of the Baby Boomers – 1970
Generation Y – Children of Generation X – 1995

The Silent Generation/The Greatest Generation – Lived through the depression and WWII – 1920
Baby Boomers – Children of the Silent Generation (typically born right after WWII, when there was a baby boom, and hence the name) – 1945
Generation X – Children of the Baby Boomers – 1970
Generation Y – Children of Generation X – 1995

The Silent Generation/The Greatest Generation – Lived through the depression and WWII – 1920
Baby Boomers – Children of the Silent Generation (typically born right after WWII, when there was a baby boom, and hence the name) – 1945
Generation X – Children of the Baby Boomers – 1970
Generation Y – Children of Generation X – 1995

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