(idea submitted by Jesykah F.)
In the typical vein of generational relationships, children usually try to buck the trend set by their parents. But sometimes certain traits transcend age brackets and becoming unifying cross-generational factors. One such example that has been adopted by Jewish Young Adults is the tendency to Assume the Worst.
The condition of Assuming the Worst has no clear origins, nor does it have a specific target. Rather, when a JYA assumes the worst, it is usually ad hoc, and about the most trivial matters. For example, JYA “Hannah” recently scuffed one of her new pumps and announced on her Facebook that “I have to find a new pair of shoes for work and there is no way that I am every going to be able to get to work and they are going to fire me and I will never be able to find a job again”. Another example is JYA “Gary” who got snubbed for the ZBT formal and announced to his frat brothers that he “will never get poon ever again”
This JYA trait can be seen across the Atlantic as well. One JYA teacher in Israel recently cancelled a full week of classes because one of her third graders caught a cold and the teacher immediately assumed the student had swine flu and would infect the entire school (true story).
Fortunately for JYAs, the worst case scenario rarely actually happens, unfortunately that does not stop JYAs from presupposing the worst possible outcome the next time a conflict arises.
It is important to note that JYAs assume the worst case scenario usually only when the issue at hand is trivial. With more complex and serious matters, JYAs have typically proven to be more rational.