The Coddling of the American Mind

How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

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Publisher Description

Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen?
 
First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths are incompatible with basic psychological principles, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. They interfere with healthy development. Anyone who embraces these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—is less likely to become an autonomous adult able to navigate the bumpy road of life.
 
Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to produce these untruths. They situate the conflicts on campus in the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization, including a rise in hate crimes and off-campus provocation. They explore changes in childhood including the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade.
 
This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2018
September 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
5
MB

Customer Reviews

79831121222 ,

Excellent Information on what is happening

This book does a great job describing the way young people are changing and what society has done to change them.

e.a.henry ,

Free speech for whom?

Ironically, this book calls for free speech while simultaneously downplaying public statements made by marginalized groups expressing their disenfranchisement. The idea that some topics may be too offensive for discussion is inverted—students and teachers who express experiences of oppression are suddenly deemed offensive. The true offense lies in the invalidation of historically-driven process of inequality that persist in the present.

Xds9mm ,

Highly recommended

Haven’t quite finished it but I love it so far

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