portrait of dr. jean twenge Jean M. Twenge,
Ph.D., Professor

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

Office: LS-289
E-Mail: jtwenge@mail.sdsu.edu

Link to my personal web page – JeanTwenge.com

iGen

My most recent book is iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us (link: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1501151983). It presents 10 trends that have shaped the first generation to grow up with smartphones: (1) In No Hurry: Growing up slowly, (2) Internet: Online time–oh, and other media, too, (3) In Person No More, (4) Insecure: The new mental health crisis, (5) Irreligious, (6) Insulated but not intrinsic: More safety and less community, (7) Income Insecurity: Working to earn, (8) Indefinite: Sex, marriage, and children, (9) Inclusive: LGBT, gender, and race issues, and (10) Independent: Politics and civic involvement. iGen, born roughly 1995-2012, is sometimes called GenZ (but if Millennials are not GenY, GenZ won’t stick as a label). Shaped by smartphones, income inequality, and individualism, iGen’ers are noticeably different from their Millennial predecessors.

Previous books

My previous books on my research include Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–And More Miserable Than Ever Before [link: https://www.amazon.com/Generation-Americans-Confident-Assertive-Entitled/dp/1476755566], (second edition, 2014), which is my book about the Millennials and the cultural individualism that shaped them, and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (2009) [link: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1416575987], co-authored with W. Keith Campbell).

Textbooks

I am the co-author of two college-level textbooks, Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others (with W. Keith Campbell, published by Pearson) [link: https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/product/Twenge-Personality-Psychology-Understanding-Yourself-and-Others/9780205917426.html], and Social Psychology (with David G. Myers, published by McGraw-Hill) [link: http://connect.customer.mheducation.com/products/connect-for-myers-social-psychology-12e/]. In both books, my goal is to write for today’s students, engaging them with a conversational writing style and activities (like personality & attitude questionnaires) that can help them understand both themselves and the research in psychology.

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

Full Curriculum Vitae (PDF Document)

Education

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