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Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror.

Young people's unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966.

Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years.

Pyschologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there's been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being 'above average' in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.

But in appraising the traits that are considered less invidualistic - co-operativeness, understanding others, and spirituality - the numbers either stayed at slightly decreased over the same period.

Researchers also found a disconnect between the student's opinions of themselves and actual ability.

2006 study found that students suffer from 'ambition inflation' as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.

Studies suggest weaker students actually perform worse if given encouragement at boosting their self-esteem.

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The libs think we live in Lake Wobegon where everyone is above average.....

no one fails. Little Johnny and Judy grow up to all be high powered CEOs making a small fortune, or working for some not too hard work company , getting lots of time off, feeling 'personally enriched' by their work..and pulling down six figure salaries within 3 years of starting work.

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Figures. Well as someone who is a student of human behavior, particularly youth after coaching, teaching and being around them the last 30 years while raising my 3 kids, we are in deep 'do do'.

I'm sure they think they are 'great'.

They are the most selfish, narcisistic generation ever produced. No wonder they like Obama.

Only a cleansing, a big one, like the 'The Great Depression", devastating war or major catastrophe before American's or (the world) wakes up.

We are a bunch of fools. Rich, spoiled bratty that always wants more.

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