Extended Adolescence and Higher Education Virtually all of our political leaders have a college or university education. Many of our political leaders have an Ivy League education which often means six years of higher education; four years getting some kind of undergraduate degree followed by two years for an MBA. Often the student receiving a higher education does so while being supported by his or her parents. This means that often adolescence extends beyond the mid-twenties. In other words many of our political and industrial leaders have had a much extended adolescence. I would say that a child lives from birth through adolescence in a state highly dictated by the pleasure-principle and accepts the reality-principle as the sign of maturity. Extended adolescence means that many individuals do not become mature adults until well into their twenties. Can a culture survive such a situation?