A meta-analysis of 170 studies of students and 99 studies of children showed that between 1952 and 1993 there was an increase of almost a full standard deviation in anxiety among both college student and child samples.
The 1990s median anxiety level was equivalent to the 84th percentile in the 1950s.
"The average American child in 1980 reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients in the 1950s."
Twenge JM. The age of anxiety? Birth cohort change in anxiety and neuroticism, 1952-1993. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2000; 79(6): 1007-21.
The universe was not built for our happiness we have to make it happen
Optimal experiences involve control and mastery
Flow experiences lead to growth
Flow experiences relate to sex, work, friendship, sport, interests and lifelong learning
being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."
Less pro-social and more anti-social behavior
More competitive and less cooperative
Decreased sharing and generosity
Less social capital
Care less about the environment
Fewer pro-environmental activities
More greed, consumption and waste
Higher Ecological Footprints
Organization of Values and Goals
Adjacent goals are consistent
Opposing goals are conflictual
Same basic pattern across multiple studies in dozens of nations
Grouzet et al., 2005, JPSP