Myth and Millennials

  • Arthur Asa Berger


Myths are defined and their role in our thinking and behavior is discussed. It is suggested that myths play a larger role in our lives than we recognize. The myth of Cronus is told, and it is suggested that it helps us understand Millennial behavior. This leads to a description of a “myth model” which focuses attention on the role of myth in psychoanalytic theory, history, elite culture, popular culture and everyday life. The myth of Cronus, the god of time, is used in the myth model to help us understand the roots of Millennial behavior. It concludes with a discussion of the ideas of Erich Fromm who has a theory of “social character” that can be used to understand Millennials better.


Myth Cronos Myth model Social character 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Asa Berger
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  1. 1.San Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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