Complexity Avoidance, Narcissism and Experiential Learning

J. Duane Hoover

Abstract


The Millennial Generation, born between the years 1977 and 2000, is the student group that experiential and simulation practitioners must work with now and for the next several years as well. Some of the characteristics of Millennials indicate that they have a preference for complexity avoidance coupled with increasing levels of narcissism. This combination manifests as a preference for simplicity and economy in data/information processing as opposed to the requisite willingness to address systemic complexity. The characteristics of these trends, driven by a combination of technology and culture, are interwoven to identify potential hindrances to successful implementation of meaningful simulation and experiential learning processes.

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