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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good…
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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are… (original 2018; udgave 2018)

af Greg Lukianoff (Forfatter)

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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable Book  Bloomberg Best Book of 2018 The New York Times bestseller! Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising--on campus as well as nationally. 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 contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths--and the resulting culture of safetyism--interferes with young people's social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life. Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America's rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction. 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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Forfattere:Greg Lukianoff (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Press (2018), 352 pages
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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure af Greg Lukianoff (2018)

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Jonathan Haidt is one of my favorite writers. He is, on all accounts, one of the most empathetic, clear and organized thinkers I have read. (And - I do recognize the book was co-written also by Greg Lukianoff, who I hadn't read before.)

The Coddling of the American Mind is about seeking wisdom in how we educate the next generation. They are, like many others, observing drastic changes occurring around the country, diagnosing the problem and offering suggestions. In a world of increasing polarization, they are attempting to speak from the middle, which is a radical (and dangerous) place to stand.

Here's their outline:
Part 1 - Three Bad Ideas
Chapter 1 - The Untruth of Fragility: What doesn't kill you makes you weaker.
Chapter 2 - The Untruth of Emotional Reasoning: Always trust your feelings.
Chapter 3 - The Untruth of Us Verses Them: Life is a battle between good people and evil people

Part 2 - Bad Ideas in Action
Chapter 4 - Intimidation and violence
Chapter 5 - Witch Hunts

Part 3 - How did we get here?
Chapter 6 - The Polarization Cycle
Chapter 7 - Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 8 - Paranoid Parenting
Chapter 9 - The Decline of Play
Chapter 10 - The Bureaucracy of Safetyism
Chapter 11 - The Quest for Justice

Part 4 - Wising Up
Chapter 12 - Wiser Kids
Chapter 13 - Wiser Universities
Conclusion - Wiser Societies

In part one, their goal is to observe the shift that has occurred on college campuses, particularly around the new culture of "safety," explaining the three great untruths stated above, which undergird the movement.

Part two describes these great untruths in action, looking at the "shoutdowns," intimidation, and occasional violence experienced on college campuses, which is making university's core missions of educaion and research more difficult.

Behind it all, in part three they lay out 6 factors and trends that explain how we got here. And in part four, they give some advice on how we are to go forward as parents and educators.

Each chapter provides a bullet-pointed summary of the content (which I always appreciate).

Overall, I felt their arguments were compelling. And the situation on college campuses is worse than I realized. The level of civil discourse seems (to me) to be spiraling, and I hope the trends will reverse. This book is actively working to do just that.

As I mentioned, they are working to speak from the middle, so to speak, and find wisdom for moving forward. And because we are becoming more and more polarized, being shoveled to the right and left, some of what they say may bother or frustrate you. Yet, there is too much wisdom to ignore it or write them off. Name-calling is not only unhelpful, it merely perpetuates the problem. Simply put, this book ought to be required reading for educators, parents, and people concerned about social justice.

To counter their "great untruths," they repeatedly reference these three quotes:
Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child. -Folk Wisdom

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother. -Buddha

The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
Insightful and pragmatic and ultimately, hopeful. Just a lot of things that one might suspect in context. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
from reason magazine
  VicarOfCrom | Jun 1, 2020 |
When picking up this book, I had the distinct impression that I MIGHT be getting into a polemical debate with some sort of bias beginning to scream at Lefts or Rights... but that's the funny thing.

This book argues AGAINST triggers. Against going with your knee-jerk reactions. Against Safetyism.

A culture of safety is NOT the same thing as providing a safe physical environment. It should be obvious, but often is not, that having seatbelts in cars is not the same thing as students shouting down speakers on campus, issuing rape and death threats for people speaking of ANYTHING that they don't agree with, or equating social justice with REAL justice.

Stopping the KKK and lynchings is Justice. Making a school administrator fear for their lives because they misused a pronoun, or turning the misuse of a specific pronoun into something as nasty as actual physical molestation IS NOT JUSTICE.

And yet, people everywhere (and I mean, EVERYWHERE) are getting more and more scared of doxing, public shaming, and anonymous trolling campaigns. It has become an accepted practice to turn anyone of a different ideology into targets of ridicule and slander until both sides have no idea what the hell is going on.

What is truth? What happened to the search for truth ANYWHERE?

They sum up the book in three main points.

1. We've forgotten the adage of "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger." If someone insults you, you ought to ADAPT. If someone betrays you, ADAPT. And yet, increasingly, we're all climbing into our safe ideological niches, surrounding ourselves with ONLY those things we think we can cope with, until nothing else remains except a narrow, narrow worldview.

Open up your minds. Broaden your horizons. You don't have to agree with everyone or even anyone, but the experience WILL enrich you.

2. Following your feelings is often really, really stupid. We have minds and we must always combat our own biases every single day. Remember when you fussed about a food when you were a kid and then you realized, later, that you loved it? If we always did what our feelings said, (especially for those of us who suffer from depression,) then our suicide rates might jump higher than the death rates of cancer. Oh, and let's not forget... following our feelings when surrounded by a bunch of other fearful and angry people has another term associated with it:

MOBS. And we all know that no one is as stupid as all of us together.

3. Oh, and we must always look for fault in others. We're never wrong. It's always someone else that has done this to us. This way of thinking could NEVER backfire, of course. Unfortunately, the first two points described above are exacerbating everyone's mental health issues. And let's face it... we have TONS. Rates of murder and violence and abductions are as low as they were in the 60's and yet everyone is growing up coddled and fearful and crazy. We've lost natural socialization, not only in the physical sense (scheduled playdates versus running around and getting into and out of trouble), but also in the amount of screentime we're ALL getting. Children are maturing much, much slower than at any other time and they're unable to cope with the real world. Hell, most of us are.

We all need to open up our minds to listen as if we're wrong even while we argue passionately as if we're right.

The point is... TRUTH is getting lost in mob mentality. We all need to wake up and get courageous and stand up for our beliefs while simultaneously RETAINING AN OPEN MIND.

Otherwise, unofficially, our vaunted love of free speech is now DEAD. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
First half is a little boring.
Loved the second half.
This Book is very very long!! ( )
  cploonker | Mar 22, 2020 |
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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.

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The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.

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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable Book  Bloomberg Best Book of 2018 The New York Times bestseller! Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising--on campus as well as nationally. 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 contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths--and the resulting culture of safetyism--interferes with young people's social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life. Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America's rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction. 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.

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