20th Century Generational Cohorts and Their Personalities

In this chart the Generational cohorts can be seen moving through their life cycles.

Social Moments Inner-Driven Era Crisis Era Outer-Driven Era Awakening Era Inner-Driven Era
Years 1901-1924 1925-1942 1942-1960 1961-1980 1981-2002
C
O
H
O
R
T
S
Elderhood sensitive
PROGRESSIVE
adaptive
visionary
MISSIONARY
idealist
reclusive
THE LOST
reactive
busy
G.I.
civic
indecisive
SILENT
adaptive
Midlife moralistic
MISSIONARY
idealist
pragmatic
THE LOST
reactive
powerful
G.I.
civic
indecisive
SILENT
adaptive
narcissistic
BOOM
idealistic
Rising Adulthood alienated
THE LOST
reactive
heroic
G.I.
civic
conformist
SILENT
adaptive
narcissistic
BOOM
idealistic
criticized
"X"
reactive
Youth protected
G.I.
civic
suffocated
SILENT
adaptive
indulged
BOOM
idealistic
criticized
"X"
reactive
protected
Millennial
civic
The names, dates, and typology 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., p. 79.
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