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Growth and antifragility The result is rising rates of depression and anxiety along with endless stories of college campuses torn apart by moralistic divisions and mutual recriminations This is a book about how we got here First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt take us on a tour of the social trends stretching back to the s that have produced Coddling of the PDF #186 the confusion and conflict on campus today including the loss of unsupervised play time and the birth of social media all during a time of rising political polarization This is a book about how to fix the mess The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young peop. 97th book for 2018This 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 one sided and cherry picked Reading this book you d think that snowflake liberal children are rioting on every campus in America Also the focus of the book is a bit unclear to me is it a critiue of the commercialization of the university system in America where students have become consumers or is it a critiue of current child rearing practices in the USA Mostly it seems to be a criticism of a few selectively picked incidents that have occurred over the last year in the America without giving any credence or context to the aggressive culture wars occurring throughout the USA at this moment Two stars

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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 of the PDF #204 assault on free speech and what it means for students education and our democracyThe 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 The Coddling Kindle impart them the Great Untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological findings on grit. 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 perform light body weight exercises that you can already safely handle As you go through the motions of exercise progress is nonexistent and you ll be entirely unprepared for any activities that might reuire greater strength and endurance Welcome to some modern universities which engage in the intellectual euivalent of removing the weights from the gym by creating safe spaces disinviting speakers removing offensive material and inhibiting free speech and inuiry that should be the staple of a college education Attending a university with these policies to prepare for the challenges of the outside world is like training for a marathon in our weightless gym The analogy is apt because the human mind like the musculoskeletal system is antifragile Whereas fragile systems break under pressure and resilient systems can withstand pressure without change antifragile systems become stronger under pressure If you want to enhance your physical strength you have to lift progressively heavier weight if you want to enhance your intellectual fortitude you have to expose yourself to different and sometimes controversial or offensive ideas This is the topic Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt tackle in The Coddling of the American Mind They frame the issue around the three great untruths that are promoted on some campuses across the US which are creating an environment that not only blocks open inuiry and learning but that leads to polarization emotional immaturity fragility violence and mental illness The three untruths are 1 what doesn t kill you makes you weaker 2 always trust your feelings and 3 life is a battle between good people and evil people These three untruths taken together create a student body that is unreceptive to other viewpoints dogmatic easily offended and self righteous eager to earn points within the group by calling out and ostracizing those with different views The great untruths are damaging both socially and psychologically and run counter to both the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat anxiety and depression and ancient wisdom regarding well being and happiness The great untruths therefore lead to the types of mental habits that our best therapy aims to eradicate such as catastrophizing emotional reasoning overgeneralizing dichotomous thinking labeling blaming and negative filtering Universities are encouraging in other words the very habits that lead to anxiety and depression and emotional stunting The authors dive deeply into these issues in the first two parts of the book and then describe the historical social psychological and political reasons why we find ourselves in this situation The fourth and final part of the book offers solutions which I would summarize as follows The problems on campus can ultimately be solved by focusing on developing the virtues of intellectual courage humility and emotional resilience in our children and students First intellectual humility forces one to recognize that humans are fallible and prone to bias and error both individually and collectively Since we are often blind to our own errors the only possibility of correcting our misjudgments is through exposure to competing ideas As the authors put it exposure to someone that disagrees with you is a gift They can either change your mind thus correcting your errors and biases or else strengthen your own beliefs in the process of defending them The second virtue intellectual courage is the habit of pursuing the truth wherever it may lead and embracing the values of free speech and open inuiry It s the recognition that you may be wrong that you may not have all of the answers and that the development of your intellect depends on defending your ideas against competing views rather than shutting them down through force or violence The third virtue emotional resilience is the habit of handling adversity appropriately and taking control of your own emotions and reactions Words are not violence and being offended does not count as a point or an argument This reminds me of three uotes by Christopher Hitchens that captures the spirit If someone tells me that I ve hurt their feelings I say I m still waiting to hear what your point is In this country I ve been told That s offensive as if those two words constitute an argument or a comment Those who are determined to be offended will discover a provocation somewhere We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics and it is degrading to make the attempt The best defense against false or immoral ideas is rigorous intellectual debate and criticism and the censorship of ideas only makes those ideas appealing to your opponents and to those who are never exposed to the proper criticisms Shouting down a speaker is immature and intellectually and emotionally cowardly and has no place within a university If you want to call yourself a liberal you should have no problem winning the war of words with religious fundamentalists or racists without having to suppress their speech Sticking with the Christopher Hitchens theme can you imagine if instead of engaging in dozens of debates with religious conservatives he instead called for their speech to be suppressed How much weaker and ineffective would his position have been As the authors point out this is not happening at every university and there is some debate as to whether or not this is as big of problem as it appears In fact it might not be but it s important to get out in front of the issue before it becomes a bigger problem The authors cite some fairly egregious examples from a handful of universities but also note that there are many exceptions In particular the University of Chicago remains a leader in free speech and inuiry and published the Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression which every college student and parent should read Over 40 institutions have adopted this policy and hopefully will follow suit

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Le anxious and Coddling of the American Mind PDF unprepared for adult life with devastating conseuences for them for their parents for the companies that will soon hire them and for a democracy that is already pushed to the brink of violence Coddling of the American Mind PDF over its growing political divisions Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity including viewpoint diversity This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today or has children or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines. A note to prospective trolls do not try me My worst will be kinder than you deserve In case the rating and tags aren t abundantly clear this is a negative review If you slither in here with partisan kvetches about triggered lefties heaping criticism on poor picked on bigotry apologists you will be eviscerated deleted and blocked No exceptions I m under no obligation to be polite when I heave assholes out of my house and I ve no inclination to do so here If you d like to make a case forextoll the virtues of bigots kindly pen your own review or hold a political rally in a friend s review space I m not here for your counter argumentative analyses or your pitiful presumptuous attempts to change my opinion on this dreck so do yourself a favor and find other receptive audiences for your opposing views expressing them here is nothing short of boorish and creepy Finally if you are unable to distinguish polite disagreement with a reviewhint this is always welcome here from trollery eliminated on sight it might behoove you to figure out the distinction before commenting I ll also refer you to the following were I to engage you these would be the responseshttpswhateverscalzicom2015030 Holocaust denial lynchingrape domestic violence apologia fundamentalist arguments for misogyny the execution of the LGBTIA population and other flavors of bigotry ought not to be admitted to the clubhouse for ideas worth considering More often than not the folks fighting for such a thing are privileged snowflakes who are themselves triggered by the presence of people from marginalized groups at their university They hold repugnant views about some of their classmates and want to regain control of a terrifying reality Oh nos teh women s teh gays and teh brown people are invading academia calling us out and threatening our place atop the sociocultural hierarchy one in which their deeply entrenched ideas aren t accepted as universal truths The authors and their acolytes are being disingenuous when they claim that the exposure of young people to simple disagreement is the goal Ostensibly they aim to inoculate current and future generations against the deleterious effects of echo chambers What they really want is to be back in control of discourse communities and to be treated with the deference they think their ethnicity faith and socioeconomic status affords themMy takeaway Waaaah we don t get to be publicly racist sexist homophobic or transphobic with impunity any Waaaaah students are exercising their first amendment rights to speak out against antifeminist pro lynching social Darwinist religious fundamentalists who want safe spaces at their institutions of higher learning Waaaaaa groups I hate and with whom I disagree are being heard and taken seriouslyWaaaa fewer and fewer people are buying into the socially constructed idea that one permutation of subjectivity is inherently superior to all othersWaaaaaaaaaa students and teachers and of course the lurkers support them in email and in department meetings LOL with toxic and ignorant opinions about entire groups of people continue to conflate free speech with conseuence free speech and are shocked and confused when they get dragged by the public and made to face professional conseuences Are some children overprotected Yes I agree that this may be a huge problem In fact one of the things I appreciate is that my parents never prohibited me from watching horror films or reading violent or controversial books E C comics were my favorite I especially loved the Judy Bloom books as she neither sugar coated life s tribulations nor talked down to her readers I also got to run around outside and fight fall and skin my elbows and knees and wear shorts no one forced me to sit in the house like a little lady and play with plastic emblems of upper class Western beautyThere were clear rules for play rules designed to keep my name out of the hat stuffed with those who weren t so lucky If the chance of a child ending up like Elizabeth Smart Polly Klaas Jaycee Dugard or Gina DeJesus is than zero why take the risk particularly if you are in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood and belong to an ethnic group whose children often get ignored by the media when they are victims of crime Those outside the bubble of privilege know all too well how cops and media regard little brown skinned children who go missingTo continue should we allow our feelings to take the lead absolutely not This is why I abhor those who apply their feelings about entire groups of people when making decisions about who deserves to be hired protected respected and regarded as human And yes there are ideas and social political economic and academic phenomena that are flat out evil Full stop The architects and benificiaries of said ideas and phenomena need to wear the shoes they made no matter how uncomfortable the fit This is eually true of those who support and facilitate them And I d like to know how being pummeled with ableist racist xenophobic transphobic homophobic religiously intolerant or misogynist vitriol in a classroom setting is supposed to prepare already marginalized people for the real world Being othered and ostracized is their real world and unlike the fortunate subjectivities they didn t get a preparation periodBut maybe the concern isn t so much for those groups as it is for straight white able bodied CIS gendered students who might learn to uestion notions of their inherent superiority Perhaps that s where the moral panic that underlies this book comes from All in all this is a terrifieddefensive and embarrasingly reductive argument for a return to the days when harmful behaviors and the repugnant taken for granted attitudes from which they sprang were just the way it was

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

  1. says:

    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 in 2013 As far as that group is concerned this is really good

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    Imagine that you want to start a fitness program to increase your strength and endurance and sign up at the local gym Upon a

  3. says:

    I saw Jonathan Haidt speak on Real Time and he seemed like an intelligent guy with a lot of interesting ideas so I patiently waited for this book to become available at my library I'm also curious about this notion of kids being overprotected or coddled It's looking and like the developed world's need to protect its kid

  4. says:

    This is a fascinating but very disturbing book about how college students have recently been caught in the thre

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    Education should not be intended to make people comfortable; it is meant to make them think Hanna GrayI'm not sure how to begin this review othe

  6. says:

    97th book for 2018This 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 thin

  7. says:

    A note to prospective trolls do not try me; My worst will be kinder than you deserve In case the rating and tags aren’t abundantly clear this is a negative review If you slither in here with partisan kvetches about “triggered ““lefties” heaping criticism on poor picked on bigotry apologists you will be eviscerated deleted and blocked No exceptions I’m under no obligation to be polite when I heave

  8. says:

    The central tenets of this book are good but incredibly repetitive and fluffed up Towards the end of the book I wanted to s

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    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 developmentall

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    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 generationsparenting social media identity politics weave a fascinating if often dispiriting and comprehensive picture of how we got to the current p

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