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Meltzer, D. (1989). Chapter Sixteen: Narcissism and Violence in Adolescents. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris, 221-223.
    

Meltzer, D. (1989). Chapter Sixteen: Narcissism and Violence in Adolescents. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris , 221-223

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Donald Meltzer

The second post-war generation has now reached adolescence, and the present adolescent community is the first to have been raised in the atmosphere of the sexual revolution following the turbulence of 1968. The changes in values and behaviour help us to separate out the cultural from the intrinsic factors in the adolescent state of mind. Gone is the Romantic Agony of the nineteenth century, but also gone is the tendency to fall in love Instead of the expectation that love will lead to sexual intimacy, today's young people expect that the sexual activity will ripen into love. The earlier predatory pubertal gang sexual behaviour, in which the boys boasted to their fellows of the conquests and the girls flaunted their capacity to attract and frustrate the boys, has given way to a more athletic mental-hygiene approach with mutual seduction. The brutality of “fucking” has yielded to the triviality of “bonking”. In its openness it has replaced the secrecy of masturbation.

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1 Published in Sincerity: Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer, edited by A. Hahn (1994), pp. 564-566.

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