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


Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child. FOLK WISDOM, origin unknown


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, Dhammapada


The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN, The Gulag Archipelago


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

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What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker
Always trust your feelings
Life is a battle between good people and evil people

These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. And yet they have become increasingly woven into education, culminating in a stifling culture of “safetyism” that began on American college campuses and is spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.


In this book, free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate six trends that caused the spread of these untruths, from the decline of unsupervised play to the corporatization of universities and the rise of new ideas about identity and justice.


Lukianoff and Haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people can hamper their development, with devastating consequences for them, for the educational system and for democracy itself.



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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (September 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735224897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735224896
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches

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