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

Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt | 2018
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First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in “Three Great Untruths: What doesn’t kill you makes you weakeralways trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development.  The authors explore the trends
that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.