Jean Marie Twenge (born August 24, 1971) is an American psychologist, author, consultant, and public speaker. She is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. She is known for researching narcissism, which, she has concluded, is more common among younger generations. She is also known for her books Generation Me and the Narcissism Epidemic, and has worked as a consultant to advise companies about the distinctive psychological aspects of millennials.
Jean M. Twenge is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and books.
Her books include:
• iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
• Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before
• The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell)
• The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant
• Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell)
• Social Psychology (co-authored with David G. Myers)
Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.
She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters.