One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance by Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally Satel | | 9780312304447 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance
  • Alternative view 1 of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance
  • Alternative view 2 of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance

One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance

by Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally Satel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312304447

ISBN-13: 9780312304447

Pub. Date: 06/27/2006

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, psychically frail, and requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals. Today---with a book for every ailment, a lawsuit for every grievance and a TV

Overview

Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, psychically frail, and requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals. Today---with a book for every ailment, a lawsuit for every grievance and a TV show for every conceivable problem---we are at risk of degrading our native ability to cope with life's challenges.
Drawing on established science and common sense, Christina Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel reveal how "therapism" and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives, with a host of troubling consequences, including:

*The myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hyper-competitive, and depressed schoolchildren in need of therapy and medication

*The loss of moral bearings in our approach to lying, crime, and addiction

*The unasked-for "grief counselors" who descend on bereaved families, schools, and communities following a tragedy
Intelligent, provocative, and wryly amusing, One Nation Under Therapy demonstrates that "talking about" problems is no substitute for confronting them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312304447
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
831,123
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >