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

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Publisher's Synopsis

The New York Times bestseller

Financial Times, TLS, Evening Standard, New Statesman Books of the Year

'Excellent, their advice is sound . . . liberal parents, in particular, should read it' Financial Times

Have good intentions, over-parenting and the decline in unsupervised play led to the emergence of modern identity politics and hypersensitivity?

In this book, free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate a new cultural phenomenon of "safetyism", beginning on American college campuses in 2014 and spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.

Looking at the consequences of paranoid parenting, the increase in anxiety and depression amongst students and the rise of new ideas about justice, Lukianoff and Haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people are damaging their development and mental health, the functioning of educational systems and even democracy itself.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141986302
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 378.1981019
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 262g
Height: 193mm
Width: 123mm
Spine width: 23mm