by Meg Jay, PhD
In the space of a generation an entire decade of adult life has undergone a huge transformation. Our twenties are now less likely to be tied up with a mortgage and kids, which means they can provide an unprecedented amount of freedom. This new timetable in adulthood presents an amazing opportunity to lay the foundation for the rest of our lives.
In her book, The Defining Decade, clinical psychologist Meg Jay argues that too many twenty somethings are letting this important period of life slip away, often without realizing the long term impact of their decisions. Through the use of case studies, research, and personal vignettes Jay illustrates a broad range of missteps she sees as being prevalent to the current twenty something generation.
The underlying message of the book is to think about where it is you would like your life to go and to take intentional action toward those aims. Jay’s message is intended to motivate adults in their twenties toward asking more of themselves. While this is a positive message, I did note that it could be interpreted in a stressful manner. (“Oh goodness, I’m so behind because I don’t have my entire life figured out at 25.”) Learn about a generation, hopefully get motivated, but also realize that no one’s life is a perfectly straight line plodding unerringly toward an end result.
Readability: Five Stars *****
Helpful Perspective: Five Stars *****
Actionable: Three Stars ***
Would recommend book to: Anyone. It’s a great read.