Download The Coddling of The American Mind by Greg Lukianoff pdf book fee online. Three Great Untruths have been taught to the current generation: their sentiments are always correct, they should avoid suffering and discomfort, and they should look for flaws in others rather than in themselves. These three Great Untruths are part of a larger ideology that views children as vulnerable beings who require adult protection and supervision. The Great Untruths, however, hurt children by teaching them the reverse of traditional wisdom and recent psychological findings on grit, growth, and antifragility, despite the good intentions of the adults who teach them. GET FREE AUDIOBOOK
The result is increased rates of sadness and anxiety, as well as unending stories of moralistic splits and reciprocal recriminations tearing apart college campuses. This is the story of how we arrived here. Greg Lukianoff, a First Amendment expert, and Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, take us on a tour of the social trends that have led to today’s confusion and conflict on campus, including the loss of unsupervised play time and the birth of social media, all during a period of rising political polarization.
This is a guide on repairing the damage. Many young people are anxious and unprepared for adult life as a result of the “safety” culture and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints, with devastating consequences for them, their parents, the companies that will soon hire them, and a democracy that is already on the verge of violence due to its growing political divisions. Lukianoff and Haidt propose a comprehensive set of reforms to improve young people and institutions, allowing us all to benefit from variety, including diversity of viewpoints.
This is a book for anyone who is perplexed by today’s college campuses, has children, or is concerned about Americans’ growing incapacity to live, work, and collaborate across political lines.
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The title of this book may deter readers who would otherwise appreciate it. The Coddling of the American Mind should be a mandatory read for everyone—especially millennials who are tired of the lazy and spoiled narrative surrounding their existence—despite its title’s potential for misinterpretation as an embrace of the dismissive attitude some people have towards so-called “snowflakes.” The viewpoint presented in this book can benefit anyone.
Both authors identify as liberals and centrists, and neither has ever voted for a Republican for Congress or the White House. They approach some of the most pressing “hot button” problems of the day with a nuanced knowledge achieved through careful research and scholarly expertise, rather than with political fervour. The American mind’s coddling has only one goal in mind: the search of truth.
Its response to problems is something that any leader should emulate. Each issue is addressed in a similar manner: the authors first explore the core cause of the problem, then move on to remedies aimed at alleviating the problem while taking into account the potential implications of each solution, and lastly, they present a realistic strategy for moving forward.
The book is divided into four sections, each with its own topic but all related by the common theme of “education and knowledge.”
Part I delves at three misconceptions held by younger generations that are impeding their development as future leaders. These are the lies: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; follow your feelings at all times; and life is a war between good and evil.
Part II depicts these lies in action; the three major lies are glorified in official university policies across the country, and the book provides numerous examples of how the lies are influencing students’ thinking. Part III explores why these lies are so widespread in our society (plot twist: there are several reasons). Finally, Part IV provides specific recommendations for improving “childrearing, K-12 schooling, and colleges.”
However, the book is much more than a critique of society’s educational system and America’s youth. The Coddling of the American Mind questions how people express themselves, understand problems, and respond to them. In fact, we would argue that it presents an underlying theme: societal and professional concerns are rarely straightforward—they are often complex. It is impossible to address complex challenges without taking into account the repercussions of proposed solutions, both planned and unforeseen. With this perspective, the book forces the reader to think critically about whatever issue she is experiencing.
As the foregoing should hopefully demonstrate, leaders of all stripes should read this book. The writers present a concise examination of some key aspects of human nature that can be utilized in any professional environment. Understanding how and why people behave will always aid leaders in dealing with difficult situations. Instead of pointing fingers or simply doing what has always been done, The Coddling of the American Mind supports fruitful disagreement and challenging the current quo. As leaders, we should see “having people around us who are prepared to disagree with us as a blessing, not a hindrance.”
The “pushing and testing [of] ideas” improves societies, businesses, and organizations. Failure is unavoidable when leaders ignore this principle or refuse to use it. Even if reform takes place under these circumstances, it is unlikely to succeed due to the narrow, protected approach taken. And every action has a cascading effect, resulting in long-term advantages or unfavorable effects. When people avoid confronting uncomfortable thoughts, truths, and facts, calamity will ensue. The Emperor does, in fact, have no clothes on.
It’s almost impossible to pick the greatest advise from the book, like picking your favorite cuisine from your grandmother. But one statement at the end of the book stood out to us: “fight as if you’re right, but listen as if you’re wrong.” Simple advice that is tough to implement. Any leader who can incorporate even one item of the authors’ recommendations into their toolkit will benefit in the long run.
About the Author
Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and an attorney (FIRE). He is the author of “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate,” and his work has appeared in dozens of newspapers, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. He has been on television shows such as “CBS Evening News,” “Fox & Friends,” “The Today Show,” CNN’s “New Day,” C-“Washington SPAN’s Journal,” and “Stossel.” On behalf of FIRE, he received the 2008 Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award from the Ford Hall Forum in 2010. He is a Stanford Law School and American University graduate.