From a Wikipedia entry re Strauss and Howe’s book, The Fourth Turning. A summary of the four generational archetypes. I’m a nomad. 🙂
- Prophets are values-driven, moralistic, focused on self, and
willing to fight to the death for what they believe in. They grow up as
the increasingly indulged children of a High, come of age as the young
crusaders of an Awakening, enter midlife as moralistic leaders during
an Unraveling and are the wise, elder leaders of the next Crisis. The
Boomers are an example of a Prophet generation.
- Nomads are ratty, tough, unwanted, diverse, adventurous, and
cynical about institutions. They grow up as the underprotected children
of an Awakening, come of age as the alienated young adults of an
Unraveling, become the pragmatic, midlife leaders of a Crisis and age
into tough, post-crisis elders during a High. Generation X and the Lost
Generation are examples of Nomad generations.
- Heroes are conventional, powerful, and institutionally
driven, with a profound trust in authority. They grow up as the
increasingly protected children of an Unraveling, come of age as the
Heroic, team-working youth of a Crisis, become energetic and hubristic
mid-lifers during a High and become the powerful elders who are
attacked in the next Awakening. The G.I. Generation that fought World
War II is an example of a Hero generation. Millennials are expected to
emerge as the next generation of this example.
- Artists are subtle, indecisive, emotional and compromising,
often having to deal with feelings of repression and inner conflict.
They grow up as the over-protected children of a Crisis, come of age as
the sensitive young adults of a High, rebel as indecisive midlife
leaders during an Awakening, and become the empathic elders of an
Unraveling. The Silent Generation is an example of an Artist generation.