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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia continue their conversation about Strauss and Howe’s work on Generational Theory and how it might help us understand current world conditions.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Get the foundation of generational theory by listening to our previous podcast, Generational Theory and Archetypes (Part 1).
  • Discover which generation you are in: the official dates for each generation.
    • Find the full list of dates for all generations on wikipedia.
  • What are the 4 generational archetypes?
  • What is the generational archetypal energy of the Boomers?
    • How does each of the 4 seasons of generational theory show up for the Boomer’s generational archetype?
    • What are some main concerns and issues that are showing up for Boomers in the current season?
  • What generation is approximately born during the season of “Summer” in generational theory?
    • Why are they often considered to be the neglected generation?
    • How does this generational archetype usually approach the world?
    • How does each of the 4 seasons of generational theory show up for this generational archetype?
    • Why is there generally a harshness around this generational archetype?
  • When is the generational archetype energy known as the “hero” born?
    • Why is this generational archetype energy called the hero?
    • How does each of the 4 seasons of generational theory show up for the hero generational archetype?
    • What is one of the main issues that this generation is dealing with right now?
    • What kind of energy does this generation bring?
  • What is the last generational archetype energy?
    • How is this generation treated and what are some expectations for this generational archetype?
    • Why are they called “artists”?
    • How does each of the 4 seasons of generational theory show up for this generational archetype?
    • Which areas do they usually become influential in?
  • Why all the generational archetypal energies are important
  • What is happening right now in regards to the generational archetypal energies?

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  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • January 2, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    I saw another comment here discussing the connection with super hero comic books of last century. I also think it’s fascinating! Thanks for mentioning it.


  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • January 2, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Hi, Catlyn! Good to hear from you. :)

    I haven’t run into Millennials (Heroes) being called ‘navel gazers’, nor have I personally ever considered it. I find Millennials to be far more action-oriented than Boomers (Prophets).


  • Kacy
    • Kacy
    • January 1, 2023 at 8:51 am

    My favorite part of the Strauss-Howe generational theory that you skated around was the cyclical rise and fall of institutionalism vs individualism. Spring is the growth of new institutions, Summer is the height of institutional strength, Autumn is the growth of individualism and the unraveling of institutions, and Winter is the height of individualistic strength. This fits with the insight you had a year or so ago in a podcast that we are in a “perceiving” zeitgeist right now, and our systems are unraveling which could be unsettling for Judgers. By this observation and my own experience, I’d disagree with your claim in this podcast that we’re at a strong collectivist mindset right now – if everyone is hunkering down and not sharing, if everyone is putting their faith in singular figures (social media stars, the deification of political leaders) rather than the institutions themselves, if we are being led by the Nomad generation in power, that is the very definition of individualism in power over a collectivist mindset.

    To that end, the Hero generation is not just a generation creating battles to fight. The Heros are a generation that remembers the bounty of their childhood that strong institutions can reap, but are thrust into adulthood as individualism is at it’s peak. As young adults, their role as the hero might be a “battle,” physical or cultural, but more likely than not they are simply the heroes keeping the world spinning throughout crises caused by a lack of institutions suitable for their point in time (suitability in part but not always defined by the values laid down by the prophets). Their bitter experience with individualism then creates a strong bent towards collectivist action as a solution, which is why in midlife they tend be the ones leading the effort of rebuilding institutions.

    Didn’t mean to turn this into a defense of the Hero generation, but your dislike of Millennials was extremely palpable in this episode lol.

  • Catlyn
    • Catlyn
    • December 31, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I’d be curious to hear further distinctions between the Prophet archetype’s brand of navel gazing during an Awakening vs. the current Millennial generation’s navel gazing. I’m an older Millennial and “navel-gazers” is a pejorative I’ve heard levied at my generation more than once. Is there any difference to them?

  • M
    • M
    • December 29, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I just realized my typo from the first paragraph. I meant to say it would be interesting to see how each personality type plays out in each generation.

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