The future's barometer is showing disturbing fluctuations that some less discerning minds deem funny.
A college student needs counseling because he's scored a B on his final.
A co-ed calls the police because there's a mouse roaming the apartment.
Those would be just good stories, except episodes like this are becoming more and more common.
Peter Gray, PhD, a research professor at Boston College who studies how children learn and value play, writes about declining resilience in college students in Psychology Today.
His thoughts are frightening for the workplace.
If today's college students lack resilience, what can we expect from tomorrow's doctors, lawyers, plumbers, and sales clerks?
As older workers retire and new ones enter the labor force,
we will be at the mercy of those who cannot tolerate the simple road-bumps of life.
The head of counseling at Boston College writes:
"There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems,
but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life."
Will this lead to ever increasing flares of violence in tomorrow's society?
WHERE WILL TOMORROW GET ITS NEW IDEAS?
One of the problems with young adults lacking resilience is that they do not take risks.
Every time you present a new idea, you run the risk of getting shot down.
But failure is crucial to learning how to think more clearly, more effectively.
But if a company's new employees panic at the thought of possible failure, it will not get those new ideas.
Are they doing their part to raise future adults, or are they focused on keeping their children happy?
Do they yell at teachers who dare give a bad grade to their child? If so, they're part of the problem.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
OF THE YOUNGER PEOPLE