Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Modern Puer: Disillusionment and Generation Y
by Thompson, Elizabeth, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 58; 1692028
Abstract (Summary)

Generation Y is one of the most studied generational cohorts in history, and much has been written about the psychology of this generation. Generation Y has been influenced by a number of factors, including the technological revolution, the economic recession, and the self-esteem movement. These factors have hindered Generation Y's psychological and maturational development. In addition, Generation Y shares many characteristics with the psychological archetype of the puer aeternus. Using hermeneutical and heuristic methodologies, this thesis focuses on the relationship between the puer aeternus archetype and the millennial generation, as well as the main factors contributing to Generation Y’s delay in achieving traditional developmental milestones. Both psychological and demographical literature and research, along with personal experiences of the author, are incorporated to demonstrate the connection between Generation Y and the puer aeternus archetype, as well as to examine the critical factors that have influenced Generation Y’s psychological and maturational development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pottenger, Rebecca
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Archetype, Development, Generation Y, Generation gap, Millennials, Puer aeternus
Publication Number: 1692028
ISBN: 978-1-321-67314-2
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