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Author Rosen, Bernard Carl.

Title Masks and mirrors : Generation X and the chameleon personality / Bernard Carl Rosen
Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001
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Contents Generation X -- The structure of chameleonism -- The Xer chameleon -- The great transformations -- Make way for the Xers -- The search for perfection -- Gender and chameleonism -- Immigration and diversity -- Paradigms sought -- Staying the course
Summary As America experiences the growing pains associated with the rapid social changes in the economy, technology, and culture, various groups must develop coping mechanisms to help them deal with the anxiety that is brought on by such changes. Generation Xers, on the cutting edge of these changes, are no exception. More so than any other group, elite Xers, those who are succeeding in the new economy, have adopted a unique personality style, chameleonism, as a defense mechanism. People with a chameleon personality pretend to be what others want them to be in an effort to obtain for themselves the kind of security Xers feel previous generations have enjoyed, but which may not be available to their own generation. This examination of the Xer generation sheds new light on the survival mechanisms employed by those who feel threatened by social changes, even as they participate in and benefit from them
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-189) and index
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Subject Defense mechanisms (Psychology)
Elite (Social sciences) -- United States.
Generation X -- United States.
Social change -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00069863
ISBN 0313075573 (electronic bk.)
9780313075575 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
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