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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.

September 4
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Odd Comma ,

Required Reading

Or it should be, anyway. The authors make an extremely compelling case. This book is one of the very few I can honestly say noticeably changed my worldview. I wish every person in America would read it and at least be exposed to these ideas. Then, of course, they’re free to reject them if they like. A little viewpoint diversity never killed anyone.

_Chris2pher2_ ,

Illuminating analysis

Stunning examples, Incisive reflection and compelling argumentation make this book a treasure and a must-read for anyone navigating the US education system, parenting or US society at-large.

Bfltsnik ,

Essential Nonfiction Reading

One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. Really informative and eye-opening. Helps me to see through a lot of the untruth and false narratives and ideas that are becoming very popular in our time.

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