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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735224896
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 386
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. His writings on campus free speech have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, in addition to dozens of other publications. A regular columnist for the Huffington Post, he is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio programs and has made numerous television appearances, including on the CBS Evening News and Stossel. He received the 2008 Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and the 2010 Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. Lukianoff is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School.

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. He lives in New York City.

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

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