The Coddling of the American Mind

How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracy.

The generation now coming of age has been taught three Great Untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. These three Great Untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. But despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the Great Untruths are harming kids by...

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Mark Manson Founder/MarkManson.netThe kids aren’t alright. No, really—I know every generation says that, but this time it’s true. Kids who grew up with smartphones (and have begun to enter the university system) are emotionally stunted, overly fragile, and exhibiting mental health issues at alarming rates. I expected this book to be another, “Let’s all shit on social media together,” party, but it’s not. Social media, of course, does get its own chapter. But most of the book is focused on cultural shifts that have happened over the past couple generations. (Source)

Max Levchin Co-founder/PayPal, CEO/Affirm, InvestorHighlights the need to continue to have such discussions about sensitive topics instead of ignoring them for the sake of comfort. (Source)

Glenn Beck Just finished The Coddling of the American mind by @glukianoff Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Insightful. Straight forward and very helpful. A book that not only correctly identifies what ails us but also gives practical steps to cure. MUST READ (Source)

Eddie Pepperell Piers is spot on here IMO 👌🏼. It’s reminded me also to recommend what I think is a brilliant book; The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt. May be too late to get it for Xmas but well worth a read in the NY. 👍 (Source)

Renee Diresta @MichaelSmithLL @antoniogm That book is great (Source)

Bryan Johnson Excited to read this new book by my friends. (Source)

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