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Do we underestimate the importance of the 20-something years? Live Q&A with TED speaker Meg Jay, Wednesday at 3pm Eastern

In her talk, clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay urges twentysomethings and those who know and love them to claim this period as their "defining decade" -- to focus not on identity crises, but on building for themselves what she calls identity capital.

So, have we been sending the wrong message with language like "kidults" and "30 is the new 20"? Bring your questions and comments to the live chat on Wednesday, May 15 from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern time.

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From Meg Jay:

YOLO! You only live one, but hopefully that one life is going to go on for a long time. So be mindful about what you're doing, who you're doing it with, and where you're going. Be kind to your future self!

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    May 15 2013: Hi Meg, thank you so much for joining us here!

    I'm wondering... what do you think parents can do to help their twentysomethings with these big decisions? What can professors/employers do?

    Thanks again!

    Aja
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      May 15 2013: My pleasure! Probably the biggest thing is to be weak ties for 20somethings. Many 20somethings really just need one good break or one good conversation to shift things a bit. Let's face it, people don't want this from their parents directly, but their parents friends or relatives or bosses or employers should serve as change agents for the 20somethings in their lives. Someone surely helped them when they were in their 20s also.

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