It’s true and sometimes the “adult helpers” can make things worse by combating one stereotype with ANOTHER stereotype. (romanticizing childhood/adolescence might not be as bad as classifying them as [negative stereotypes instead] but it can hinder progress].
I prefer to look at people from a case-by-case basis. I try to be slow to generalize and when I do, I base it on my experiences and try to correlate it as best I can with other things to be as accurate as possible.
The temptation to move into the territory of hyperbole is a strong one, as truth is often far more boring than fiction, but I’m as honest as I can be. I imagine if there’s a court somewhere where there’s journalists and media and interviewers and judges and I have to justify something I’ve said. Can I do so with a clear conscience? If I can’t, then I need to rethink what I’m saying.