MarketWatch's Emma Court takes a look at the different stereotypes often applied to millennials, and finds that the common perceptions are often at war with one another.
Questions about what exactly the common characteristics of millennials are, and whether they are as fundamentally different from the generations that preceded them, is a disagreement that has mental health professionals as puzzled as the rest of the country. To bridge the gaps, self-described "millennial therapists" (who are mostly millennials themselves) argue that their generation needs a tailored approach and feel that they are better suited to relate and understand concerns that those from earlier generations might miss.
Millennial therapists, who likely make up a tiny minority in their field, say the term is less a technical designation than a signifier of their perspective... [it] means a shared understanding of the ways economic uncertainty, student debt, helicopter parents and the intense interactions and competitions that take place on social media have affected the generation. Another difference some millennial therapists employ: shorter engagements between doctor and patient. While therapist-patient relationships can last years, Behnke tailors hers to three to six months, focusing on tips and insights that can be used immediately.