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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

by Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt

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Overview

A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book 

Bloomberg Best Book of 2018

The New York Times bestseller!


Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last fewyears. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they arewalking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of depressionand anxiety are rising. How did this happen? First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to cause the spread of these newproblems on campus—from the rise of fearful parenting, to the new worldof social media that has engulfed teenagers, to America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.

A book for parents, teachers, college students, or anyone who is confused by the growing divisions within American society, The Coddlingof the American Mind is the story behind the inability of Americans tolive, work, and cooperate across party lines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735224919
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 38,841
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Greg Lukianoff is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Lukianoff is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School. He specializes in free speech and First Amendment issues in higher education. He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech.

Jonathan Haidt 
is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He obtained his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and then taught at the University of Virginia for 16 years. He is the author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Search for Wisdom 1

Part I Three Bad Ideas

Chapter 1 The Untruth of Fragility: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Weaker 19

Chapter 2 The Untruth of Emotional Reasoning: Always Trust Your Feelings 33

Chapter 3 The Untruth of Us Versus Them: Life Is a Battle Between Good People and Evil People 53

Part II Bad Ideas in Action

Chapter 4 Intimidation and Violence 81

Chapter 5 Witch Hunts 99

Part III How Did We Get Here?

Chapter 6 The Polarization Cycle 125

Chapter 7 Anxiety and Depression 143

Chapter 8 Paranoid Parenting 163

Chapter 9 The Decline of Play 181

Chapter 10 The Bureaucracy of Safetyism 195

Chapter 11 The Quest for Justice 213

Part IV Wising Up

Chapter 12 Wiser Kids 235

Chapter 13 Wiser Universities 253

Conclusion: Wiser Societies 263

Acknowledgments 271

Appendix 1 How to Do CBT 275

Appendix 2 The Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression 279

Notes 283

References 321

Index 329