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The Coddling of the American Mind

How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Coddling of the America Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, read by Jonathan Haidt.

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 corporatisation 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. 

©2018 Jonathan Haidt & Greg Lukianoff (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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The cure for our youth and political crises

This book is a brilliant look at the dangers of overprotective parenting and the slow creep of safetyism in institutions such as universities and schools. Highly recommend, especially for parents or those who work with young people, students, and people who work on schools or universities.

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Numerous inaccuracies

The book reports inaccurately on a number of news items including Silicon Valley’s “Bro culture”. If you are interested in listening to 2 centre leftists criticising the far left while mischaracterising numerous events in order not to seem right wing this book is for you!

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  • William
  • 26-11-2018

A great read for anyone not already a paid up SJW and hence potentially impervious to the contents.

As someone not understanding where all this safe spaces, micro aggressions and etc was coming from, this book is a definite eye opener.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2018

Utterly brilliant!

An interesting, informative, educational and entertaining listen from the first to the last word. I will be recommending this book to everyone, especially those involved in education and those with children.

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  • A. Forsythe
  • 13-12-2018

best book on communication I have read

Wisdom on honest communication. Something I feel I have always used, but now I under the process better.

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  • W. R. Kirby
  • 11-01-2019

Superb and important book

This book is genuinely excellent, and I hope that it's lessons and recommendations are widely read, understood and acted upon. Really is a very timely and brilliantly presented set of arguments.

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  • Kieron Casey
  • 12-11-2018

Punching Nazis Is Good

Narrator sounds like Tobias Funke. This is good.

Enjoyed Haidt's last two books but this one fell short. There's some anecdotes of young students reacting without perfect stoicism to make broad points. Along the way the authors keep up the modern phenomenon of mispresenting Dr King and Mandela to make liberal arguments. To give Mandela, in particular, an airing as a non-violent liberal is ahistoric and an unjust portrayal of the man and his legacy.

My main bone of contention, however, is that I simply cannot take seriously anyone who gets squeamish over punching Nazis. These guys should read how World War 2 ended. Finally, why can't Americans pronounce "antifa"?

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