portrait of dr. jean twenge Jean M. Twenge, Ph.DProfessor


Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-4611

Office: LS-110B289
Phone: (619) 594-4437
FAX: (619) 594-1332
E-Mail: jtwenge@mail.sdsu.edu

Link to my personal web page – JeanTwenge.com

Generations Lab

New Book

My new book (with W. Keith Campbell) is called The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (Free Press, April 2009). We diagnose the problem (What is narcissism?), identify its causes (What kind of parents make narcissistic children? How do sites like MySpace and Facebook shape personality?), document its symptoms (overconfidence leading to economic troubles, plastic surgery on the increase, people hiring fake paparazzi to look famous) and, finally, propose some treatments. To find out more about the book, click here [link to: http://www.narcissismepidemic.com]. To buy the book from amazon.com (or think about it), click here [link to: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1416575987].

First Book

I’ve written a book about all of my research on generations, called Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before. It uses data from 1.3 million young people to show the real differences among generations on things like self-esteem, individualism, anxiety, and sexuality. I use lots of examples from the media (movies, songs, TV shows) and stories from real people. To find out more about the book, click here. To buy the book from amazon.com (or think about it), click here.

Research Areas and Selected Publications

Most of my research examines how culture affects individuals — particularly how the young generation is different and why. To find out more go to the Research and Selected Publications page.

Research Keywords: Generations, Birth cohort, Personality, Narcissism, Social psychology, Cultural change, Culture, Self-esteem, Gender roles, Anxiety

Full Curriculum Vitae (PDF Document)


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1998, Psychology
M.A., University of Chicago, 1993, Social Sciences
B. A., University of Chicago, 1993, Sociology and Psychology

Professional organizations

Society for Personality and Social Psychology 
Society for Experimental Social Psychology (elected member)
My Social Psychology Network (SPN) profile

Webpages of psychology collaborators and friends

Roy Baumeister
Keith Campbell
Julie Exline
Dianne Tice
Kathleen Vohs
Alyssa Zucker

Webpages of other social psychologists researching social rejection and aggression

Brad Bushman
Mark Leary
Kip Williams