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@sdsu.edu

Link to my personal web page – JeanTwenge.com


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).


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

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