By the end of the decade, the phrase “too young” had become synonymous with youth.
For many, it meant the opposite: I’m too young to be a journalist, a business owner, a doctor, or a teacher.
It meant a lack of the necessary tools to be successful, which meant not being able to live a comfortable life.
“Too young” was an insidious phrase, one that was used to silence critics, discourage young people from making their own choices, and silence those who questioned the social and political establishment.
It also meant not wanting to be judged by others.
But, over time, the notion of being too young has changed.
Today, people are more likely to consider themselves to be young when in fact they’re just getting started.
“The idea of ‘too young’ has changed,” said Dr. John Bailenson, a social psychologist at the University of Michigan.
“When I started this work, I wasn’t very interested in how young people thought they were.
But now I think that people’s views on ‘too old’ are changing.
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I think it’s a question of, Is there anything to it?”
Dr. Bailelson said.
“If I tell you that I’m ‘too’ old, is that really going to change your perspective?”
What’s changed is the way young people are defined.
Today the notion that “too old” means young means younger than it once did.
“It was the idea that young people could do things and not be judged.
The idea that we’re too young is not a good one.
It means we’re not smart enough, we’re weak, and we’re scared,” Dr. Josephine Schmitt, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, told Business Insider.
The problem with “too-old” is it suggests a lack in self-esteem.
When someone talks about how “too ‘old’ you are,” they’re actually saying, I’m not confident enough, I don’t have the courage to make a move, and I’m afraid of losing everything I’ve built.
But it’s not a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“There’s a whole spectrum of people that are not ‘too ‘young,’ but who are still very young,” Dr, Schmitt said.
She explained that many of us, young and old, are looking to change.
“People who are too young can be afraid that they can’t live up to the expectations of what they’re looking for in life,” Dr Schmitt added.
She added that it’s important to remember that many young people aren’t necessarily “too” old, but they may still be in the “too teens.”
When people look at someone’s age, the idea of “too older” comes into play.
People think they have a higher chance of success if they look younger.
“That’s the wrong way to look at things,” Dr Bailison said.
If you look at people’s age at graduation, “there’s a good chance they’re not ‘older’ because they’ve already graduated,” Dr Shmitt said, adding that young and not old can be equally effective.
“This idea that the way you look and the way someone says you look is the only way you can be successful is not going to work for many people,” Dr Kowalczyk said.
It’s important for young people to be proud of who they are.
Young people should be proud to be who they want to be.
But there’s no need to be too young or old.
As the years pass, young people should also learn how to recognize their weaknesses, Dr Bayenson said.
And when young people get older, they should find ways to help themselves.
“They need to feel like they’re in control of their lives,” Dr Thomas said.
But this isn’t a one-time thing.
It can happen to anyone, from a young person struggling to find the right role in their college social work class to a senior who wants to find a career that doesn’t involve running errands and shopping for clothes.
When people are too old, it can be a lifelong issue, especially when the issue is the perception that someone is too young.
“Sometimes young people think that they’re too old,” Dr Janssen said.
“[I]t’s important that young leaders know how to take a different approach to their leadership.”
This article originally appeared on Business Insider UK.