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

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

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Title:The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Author:Greg Lukianoff
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B076NVFT5P
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Ariella
    Jul 23, 2018
    I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book, and will be recommending it to at least half the people I know. Its insights into the various developments over the past couple generations(parenting, social media, identity politics) weave a fascinating (if often dispiriting) an...
  • Mehrsa
    Sep 05, 2018
    This is a very narrow and small-minded book parading as a big thoughtful one. It says it is about the American Mind, but the data and the theory only support "the coddling" of a very narrow subset of the American mind: upper middle class college kids born after 1995 that got to college...
  • Ryan
    Nov 07, 2018
    Much as I've come to admire Haidt, I'll admit that I was worried to see this title, which seems like a typical "culture wars" click bait. How did the book hold up upon reading it? This is a reasonably argued book about extreme incidents on American college campuses and how they rela...
  • Roseanna White
    Dec 08, 2018
    Everyone with kids college-aged or younger needs to read this book! It addresses the trend of "safetyism" and student fragility--that the ideas of "dangerous" have crept from physical harm to emotional discomfort, which is proven not to make our kids STRONGER, but rather emotionally WE...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Oct 16, 2018
    This urgent, important book should be read by everyone, especially parents and educators. The authors examine the root of divisiveness plaguing American society, the increasing inability of individuals of all political persuasions to engage in rational, intelligent, thoughtfully reason...
  • Matthew Trevithick
    Sep 08, 2018
    3.5 Stars - Happy this book exists, though if you?ve been reading the major articles on the topics of the cult of safetyism / digital device use / western depression and suicide rates / etc you have already picked up the major themes of this book. Still, more people should be talking...
  • Eric Morse
    Sep 15, 2018
    This book addresses issues that are defining our age. That is nothing remarkable in itself, unless you realize that these issues and the perspectives shared in this book have become taboo in our identity-saturated culture. What the authors have done is spoken the unspeakable. In so doi...
  • Ji
    Oct 25, 2018
    Overall one of the best reads of the year. I highly recommend it to anybody who might be seeking some root-cause knowledge on how to understand the current society of American. That said, I find it a bit less exciting reading through the second half of this book (part 3 and above) comp...
  • Joseph Stieb
    Sep 17, 2018
    Full disclosure: I am a Haidt fanboy, so I'm predisposed to like this book. Unlike the Righteous Mind, it is not outstanding. Books that are elaborations of long-form articles rarely are. If you follow Haidt and Lukianoff's work closely, this is mainly a summary of what they have been ...
  • Ill D
    Oct 14, 2018
    In spite of an incredibly Pollyana-ish ending, Coddling of the American Mind is an otherwise superbly well written and well researched book about one of the most pressing issues of contemporary American politics: Political Correctness. Standing comfortably aside modern intellectual hea...
  • Perry
    Sep 10, 2018
    Hallelujah and Amen! A definite TBR for parents of kids 'tween 2 and 22 - the iGen. ...
  • Justin Norman
    Sep 24, 2018
    When I read Haidt's book, "The Righteous Mind", I found it to be the most important book I'd read in years, because it so accurately seemed to capture the central issues liberals and conservatives in America were having communicating with one another. This book zooms in to highlight th...
  • Chris Sosa
    Sep 09, 2018
    "The Coddling of the American Mind," a collaboration between Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, is a solid step above Jonathan Haidt's previous work ("The Righteous Mind") and his first book in collaboration with Lukianoff, who serves as the current president of the Foundation for Indi...
  • Bob
    Nov 07, 2018
    Summary: Discusses three bad ideas that result in a culture of "safetyism" in higher education, chronicles the consequences of these bad ideas, traces factors that led to the embrace of these ideas, and how we might choose a wiser way. 1. The Untruth of Fragility: What doesn't kill ...
  • Clare Mansell
    Aug 10, 2018
    A fascinating read which I'm so glad I picked up. Very important lessons about our growing and expansive culture of safetyism and how it is crippling a generation. ...
  • Dan Graser
    Oct 03, 2018
    This collaboration between Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt is fantastic on many levels and addresses a thorny issue with precision, honesty, and language that is free of the usual superficial pejoratives found in such discussions. They begin with three fundamental Untruths that t...
  • Jeremy
    Oct 14, 2018
    See original article here. Review of a review here. Mere-O review here. ...
  • Jeanette
    Oct 30, 2018
    Clear and succinct explanations and observable outcomes for the "oversee" of safety practices in American education. All three untruths can be easily heard and observed in various fields of teaching and higher education environments especially. I have observed them to an increased ...
  • Alison
    Oct 29, 2018
    First - I agree with their argument on free-play time for children. As a mom, I see this as an essential part of growing up and their discussion really helped me to figure out some of the reasons why it has felt important but I was struggling to articulate that. I also appreciated th...
  • Michael Perkins
    Sep 07, 2018
    Can't say I learned anything new from this book. My kids are Millennials in their early 30's. The authors are directing their exposition to the parents of the generation that followed, what they call iGen (internet generation), sometimes referred to as Generation Z. I agree that what t...
  • Robert Miller
    Sep 10, 2018
    There can be little doubt that students entering our colleges and universities for the past several years are traveling to the beat of a different drum. For the most part, many of these young men and women are developmentally challenged in several ways. Their stunted growth is the resu...
  • Aj Swanson
    Oct 29, 2018
    If you work with youth, read this book Great insight into iGen and the current cultural climate they live in. Any other generation that works with iGen would benefit greatly from reading this book. ...
  • Radiantflux
    Nov 03, 2018
    97th book for 2018. This again seems like a good article that got bloated unnecessarily into a book. There are some good points about the necessity to develop resilience in children, but with little strong substance to back things up. The arguments seem very one-side and cherry-pick...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Sep 18, 2018
    Imagine that you want to start a fitness program to increase your strength and endurance and sign up at the local gym. Upon arrival, you notice that management has removed all of the weights, concerned that heavy weights can cause stress and injury. Instead, you are instructed to perfo...
  • Sharad Pandian
    Sep 17, 2018
    If you've been following the fracas on and surrounding American universities, there's nothing new in this book for you. As the title suggests, Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff argue that American children from the iGen generation (born 1995 or beyond) are raised in situations and u...
  • Josh
    Sep 14, 2018
    I previously read Lukianoff's "Unlearning Liberty" earlier this year. While I thoroughly enjoyed that work, I was somewhat disappointed by this joint venture with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. This is partly because while "Unlearning Liberty" was a searching examination of how hi...
  • Michael Shore
    Sep 16, 2018
    The central tenants of this book are good but incredibly repetitive and fluffed up. Towards the end of the book, I wanted to shoot myself everytime I read the word "saftyism." The book started out as an article, which explains a lot. It should've stayed an article. Also, the Authors...
  • Caitlin
    Aug 01, 2018
    Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for the free advance copy!! This was an excellent and informative read. If you've ever wondered and worried about the worrying trend of people being publically shamed and harassed to the point that they've lost their reputations, careers and ...
  • Nick Vanderweit
    Nov 08, 2018
    Concise, clearly-argued, and I thought it was extremely well-structured (the inclusion of bullet points at the end of each chapter was brilliant). ...
  • Darren Lipomi
    Sep 09, 2018
    Happily connected to science rather than a litany of complaints about "kids these days." ...