Many things affect one’s personality, but did you know that your generation of birth says a lot about your characteristics and tendencies as well? For example, multiple studies done on people born in Generation Y have found them to require more “me” time and flexibility on the job, and put more emphasis on extrinsic rather than intrinsic values. While many regard them as narcissistic, lazy, and unproductive, others see them in a more positive light. Other words and phrases to describe people from this generation include “upbeat, liberal, open to new ways of living, and open-minded.”
No matter your opinion on this generation, people born between 1981-2000 simply have certain characteristics that, in some ways, define them. In just the same way, other generations have traits that describe the group as a whole as well. To find out what your generation of birth says about you, keep on reading below.
What Does Your Generation of Birth Reveal About Your Personality?
While people born during this time period may have experienced much hardship growing up as a result of the Great Depression and WWII, they later relished in prosperity. They value family and community, and believe in hard work, respecting authority, and doing a good job no matter what.
Core values: adhering to rules, conforming, contributing to society positively, dedicated, delayed rewards, discipline, don’t question authority, duty before pleasure, family, giving back to the world, hard work, following the law, loyalty, patriotism, patience, respecting elders and authority, responsibility, saving money, stable living, trust in government
Attributes: committed, competent, confident, conservative, dedicated, making the most of the situation, ethical, frugal, hard work, value history, honor, linear thinking and working, loyal to company and duty, patriotic, organized, respecting authority, following rules, sacrifice, strong work ethic, task oriented, thrifty, saving money, trusting hierarchy
Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964)
People born during this time believed wholeheartedly in “The American Dream,” and wanted to work hard to achieve their goals. Many saw them as greedy, ambitious, and materialistic. Because of WWII, this influenced their beliefs and values, and made them more skeptical of blindly following authority.
Core values: anti-war, anti-government, anything is possible, equal rights and opportunities, loyal to family, involved in community, optimistic, personal gratification, personal growth, question authority, spend generously, don’t think about the future, teamwork, transformational, don’t trust authority, youth, work, make a difference
Attributes: able to handle crisis, ambitious, anti-establishment, challenge authority, competent, competitive, consensus leadership, consumerism, ethical, great communication, idealists, loyal to career and employer, most educated generation thus far, multi-tasking, rebellious, life/work balance, optimistic, politically correct, strong work ethic, responsible
Generation X (1965 – 1980)
This generation grew up amid hard times – they were the first generation to NOT do as well financially as their parents did. They also had to watch many political scandals unfold and financial crises arise, and usually grew up in a household where both parents worked. They questioned authority and governments more than any previous generation.
Core values: balance, diversity, entrepreneurial, fun, highly educated, high career expectations, independent, informal, no loyalty to companies or workplace, pragmatic, self-reliant, skeptical, cynical, non-conformity, technologically literate, global thinking
Attributes: adaptable, angry for no reason, anti-establishment, anti-government, anti-corporations, big gap with baby boomers, can-d0 attitude, make a difference in the world, independent, confident, competent, flexible, ethical, focus on results, free agents, highest amount of divorced parents, brand loyalty, ignore leadership, self-reliant, self-starters, pampered, results-driven, entitled, not impressed by authority, willing to take on responsibilities, flexible work/life balance, willing to work hard
Millenials (1981- 2000)
Finally, we come to Generation Y, or the Millennials. Much negativity exists in the world in regards to this generation, but they have certainly grown up in turbulent times (ex. 9/11, The Great Recession, school shootings, etc). The greatest technological expansion happened during their childhood, which shaped their future and ways of looking at the world. Their parents sheltered them greatly from the evils of the world. This generation wants to make a big difference, as they see how many things need fixing in our world today.
Core values: achievement, consumerism, civic duty, confident, fun, high morals, tolerant, competitive, enjoy self-promotion and attention, self-confident, sociable, globally conscious, most educated generation, techno-savvy, spiritual, instant gratification, wanting more from life, realists, street smart, optimistic
Attributes: ambitious but scatterbrained, look to workplace for direction in life, teamwork, attached to personal items and gadgets, sheltered by parents, well-educated, confident, diversity, multicultural, computer age, techno-savvy, fiercely independent, family focused, wanting to change the world, scheduled life, globalism, seeking out fun experiences, short attention span, politically savvy, optimistic, “me first” attitude, self-absorbed, digital generation, open to new ideas, sociable, makes friends easily, consider parents as heroes, innovative, patriotic, non-conformists, question authority, free-spirited, question everything, entitled