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The Coddling of the American MindBy Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt

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An exploration of the idea that parents in the U.S. are unwittingly harming their children by overprotecting them, tolerating distorted thinking, and promoting tribalism.

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College is quite possibly the best environment on earth in which to come face-to-face with people and ideas that are potentially offensive ... It is the ultimate mental gymnasium, full of advanced equipment, skilled trainers, and therapists.

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt


Since approximately 2008, untruths about intellectual danger, emotional reasoning, and dichotomous thinking have permeated the collective consciousness of the U.S., taking root in households, education, and politics. Jonathan Haidt is an author, social psychologist, and Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU Stern School of Business. Greg Lukianoff is the President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

In 2018's The Coddling of the American Mind, Haidt and Lukianoff argue that adults and institutions in the U.S. propagate three 'great untruths.' Haidt and Lukianoff claim that the three great untruths contradict established wisdom and modern psychological research, while harming the individuals who embrace them.

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