Characteristics of the Generational Types


IDEALISTREACTIVECIVICADAPTIVE
Lifecycle Typepropheticpicaresqueheroic genteel

Youth:
Parental Attachment:
strongest to motherindependent of bothstrongest to fatherobedient to both
Nurture Received:relaxingunderprotectivetighteningoverprotective

Coming-of-Age:
Experience
sanctifyingalienatingempoweringunfulfilling
Principal Focus:inner worldwhat ever works bestouter worldtorn between inner and outer
How Perceived:stormybadgoodplacid

Rising Adulthood:
Preoccupation:
reflectingcompetingbuildingameliorating
Nurture Given :tighteningoverprotectiverelaxingunderprotective

Midlife Transition:
Attitude:
detached to judgmentalrisk-seeking to exhaustedenergetic to hubristic conformist to experimental

Elderhood:
Preoccupation:
civilizationsurvivalcommunityfamily
How Perceived:visionary, wiselonely, causticbusy, confidentsensitive, flexible
Leadership Style:righteous, austerepragmatic, cautiousgrand, expansiveprocess-fixated, pluralistic

Motto:truthpersuasionpowerlove

Positive Attributes:principled, resolute, creativesavvy, perceptive, practicalrational, selfless, competentcaring, open-minded, expert

Negative Attributes:ruthless, selfish, arrogantamoral, pecuniary, unculturedoverbold, unreflective, insensitiveindecisive, guilt-riden, neurotic

The characteristics presented here are taken directly from the book Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by William Strauss and Neil Howe, Morrow and Co., 1991, p. 365.
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