15 Sep Are Baby Boomers a Narcissistic Generation? The Boomers Magic Mirror
Baby boomers were born in the aftermath of the Second World War. Parents of older, strong>baby boomers were survivors of a conflict worse than anything the World had seen before. Men serving in the armed forces came home after a long and harsh exposure to violence and horror and immediately set about having as good a life as they could afford and paying some attention to the family life they had dreamed of for so long.
Family life included producing ‘baby boomers’ and taking steps to ensure that Junior would never have to suffer the horrors of war. Parents strove to provide a comfortable home filled with every affordable luxury. As a result, baby boomers were raised in a charmed environment to a certain extent, in sharp contrast to the hardships their parents had to tolerate.
When parents invest a great deal of time convincing their children that they are the most important creatures in the World, eventually the children start to believe it and this is the seed inadvertently sown by parents of narcissistic children. Such children grow up in an atmosphere of over-indulgence, are given the best that their parents can afford and in general might be over weaned in terms of being materially spoiled. Baby boomers fall into the category of being spoiled as a generation of kids that grew up in secure surroundings, being raised by parents who were determined to give their offspring all the best things in life that the war precluded in recent years.
As baby boomers developed, childhood spoiling overlapped into teenage indulgence and eventually the baby boomer executive emerged as an exacting and demanding employer, accustomed to getting what he wanted, when he wanted it. Narcissism, in the case of baby boomers, is inflicted rather than inherent, by over enthusiastic parents with a steely determination to see their children succeed and seize every possible chance of being high achievers.
Well, why not? Surely, it is human nature to want the best from life? Certainly it is, but boomers, through being raised by parents hungry to see them succeed at all cost in some way lost a gentility of spirit present in the previous generation and in the one that followed.
Baby boomers reach fifty and immediately remind everyone they are elderly and require help and they manage to get in one way or another, sometimes at the expense of a less capable, albeit younger, family member.
Elderly boomers will usually follow the course that benefits them the most; the line of action that affords them an advantage over a competitor or even over other family members; the most profitable option for them; the selfish route that might be the most inconvenient for someone else but which gives boomer what he or she wants. They cannot help it: they were raised with magic mirrors.
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