Hi, I’m Tony. I’m a baby boomer. I’m also the father of two wonderful millennial children who turned out to be outstanding young men, despite my parenting. I’m going to provide my perspective on millennials.
In recent years, much has been written about the inability to
understand the millennials (generation Y). About how they’re some
extremely complex and aberrant generation, as though they have
a DNA code of no other. I call BS! It’s like needles being poked in
my eye every time I hear or see someone mocking or complaining
about the “Yers.” I call them the Yers because they justly ask “why”
often. They ask, “Why do it that way?” They ask, “Why is it right?”
They ask questions to better understand the world around them.
The judgments aggravate me as they are very inaccurate generalizations of that generation. It amazes me that the baby boomer
generation is so hypocritical with their perspective of Yers. Boomers were ostracized by their parents’ generation for being different,
for embracing social justice, diversity, and environmental conservation as values of our youth. We didn’t like being pigeonholed as
dirty, drug-crazed hippies ruining the country. Now, boomers are
doing almost the same thing to Yers, handing out generous portions of dogmatic propaganda as the truth based on a few generalized characterizations, without supporting data and validation.
My perspectives are outlined in the following commentary. Let’s
examine them through Dr. Morris Massey’s well-researched perspective, “What You Are Is Where You Were When.” The basis of
this research is three periods in a person’s life, which he defines as:
1. The Imprint Period.
2. The Modeling Period.
3. The Socialization Period.
In addition, Massey also advises we are forever impacted by the
overall influences experienced by a generation (i.e., the “What You
Are Is Where You Were When” concept) as well as “Significant
1. The Imprint Period. Up to the age of seven, we are like sponges,
absorbing everything around us and accepting much of it as true, especially when it comes from our parents. The confusion and blind belief
of this period can also lead to the early formation of trauma and other
deep problems. The critical thing here is to learn a sense of right and
wrong, good and bad. This is a human construction that we nevertheless often assume would exist even if we were not here (which is an
indication of how deeply imprinted it has become).
The Yers were born between 1982 and 1995. Who were their
parents? Mostly baby boomers who were transitioning from high
Millennials from a Morris Massey perspective
BY ANTHONY CORREIA
The Yers” “
Look beyond the technology and
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