The Coddling of the American Mind - Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

The Coddling of the American Mind

By Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

  • Release Date: 2018-09-04
  • Genre: Social Science
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 348 Ratings)


Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen?
First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths are incompatible with basic psychological principles, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. They interfere with healthy development. Anyone who embraces these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—is less likely to become an autonomous adult able to navigate the bumpy road of life.
Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to produce these untruths. They situate the conflicts on campus in the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization, including a rise in hate crimes and off-campus provocation. They explore changes in childhood including the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade.
This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.



    By For the likes
    I think all 16-25 year olds should read this book
  • Required Reading

    By Odd Comma
    Or it should be, anyway. The authors make an extremely compelling case. This book is one of the very few I can honestly say noticeably changed my worldview. I wish every person in America would read it and at least be exposed to these ideas. Then, of course, they’re free to reject them if they like. A little viewpoint diversity never killed anyone.
  • Illuminating analysis

    By _Chris2pher2_
    Stunning examples, Incisive reflection and compelling argumentation make this book a treasure and a must-read for anyone navigating the US education system, parenting or US society at-large.
  • Interesting but arguments feel cherry-picked

    By Adnune764
    Although the content is thought provoking, it often feels like catastrophizing and extreme examples are used to prove the writer’s thesis.
  • Essential Nonfiction Reading

    By Bfltsnik
    One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. Really informative and eye-opening. Helps me to see through a lot of the untruth and false narratives and ideas that are becoming very popular in our time.
  • The Coddling of the American Mind

    By Finn11
    Amen! As an educator, I recognize and am astonished to encounter stifling anxiety and fear amongst an exponentially growing number of my students. My coworkers and myself need guidance. I began teaching in 2007 and have witnessed a sea change in the resiliency of our youth in such a short period of time. Your brilliant research confirms my hypotheses (and fellow educators struggling through this MESS every single day). Help us. Educate everyone. Please.
  • Brings insight and clarity

    By astronosaurus
    I was born on the tail of Millennial and head of Gen Z. I remember two starkly different types of childhoods, the pre internet and internet being everything, but never understood how they came about. This book clearly explains the shift, why the authors & others believe it’s concerning, and offers widespread and individual resolution steps. I highly recommend, at least to anyone in the same age demographic.
  • Great book!

    By ConcernedAdvisor
    As someone who works in higher ed, I have seen what this book describes first hand. Must read for all university faculty and administration!
  • Great Book

    By Aaron Michelson
    What a fantastic read, especially if you don’t know (or don’t want to know) how bad things have gotten recently. The coddled people of the newest generation will be our colleagues, mentees, or even bosses some day, which fills me with at least some trepidation. We must understand the problems before we can solve them. This book will be seen as a seminal piece of work in sounding the alarm and providing some guidance for the future. I highly recommend this book, especially for employers, administrators, and academics.
  • The Coddling of the American Mind

    By GYfocus
    An amazing and insightful read that explains so much of the reactive and non-productive “verbal noise” and thinking around me. At 73 yr. old I am baffled by the division, anger and fear. Now it is starting to make sense. This is an important book, IMO as we can’t modify something in our society, we don’t understand.