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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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A significant contribution to education and youth

My favourite book of 2018. Expertly written, widely relevant and imminently practical guidance for educators everywhere. Brilliant.

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Nuanced and well researched

Intelligent examination of the current state of public discourse on and off campus, using CBT as a guide. Highly recommended.

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Eye opening

Really enjoyed this book. Informs and makes you think. Everyone should read this! Haidt at his best.

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Deeply Important & Highly Engaging

A master class in reasoning and responsible, compassionate analysis. Haidt and Lulianoff don't attack modern safetyism / PC culture, as many others have, rather they seek to explain its origins, critique its problems and suggestion multiple ways forward.

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  • 11-26-18

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
  • 12-23-18

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
  • 12-13-18

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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  • Y. Syed
  • 07-10-19

Much needed analysis that all parents and educators should learn

This book provides a great analysis of the problems; their roots; and some solutions.
A much needed book in these highly polarised times.

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  • Susan M
  • 07-08-19

Everyone should read this...

This book is a hymn to clarity, lighting a path back to common sense. It ably describes and diagnoses what the madness of our current obsession with safetyism is doing to society, while offering sensible and achievable solutions.

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  • Shaun.J.Fox
  • 06-16-19

Good book.

massive help me and a great understanding about human behaviour. Alot of worrisome stories about the Orwellian school system of today.

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  • Vinicius R.
  • 05-31-19

A must listen!

This audiobook was outstanding. If you want to better understand young people today from a psychological point of view, then read/listen to this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-19

Must read for parents and those who work with young people

One of the best books I’ve heard on a very current and pressing issue in society.

The underlying message is concisely told by a good narrator and author. Much of the takeaway lessons are essential reading for those with any involvement with young people and parents.

I think the argument made is powerful and pressing. It struck a note with me and my own practice , as I work with young people and see the consequences of our neglect of the problem until now.

Rarely has a book been so needed.

Highly recommended

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  • Charles Bertoia
  • 03-25-19

Great book from great scientist

Really enjoyed this book and it is a very excellent continuation of Dr Haidt’s previous work. I can suggest it to anyone but it is necessary for all parents and those that work with kids.

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  • Lachlan
  • 03-02-19

A Must-Listen

This book is astonishingly relevant to politics, parenting, technological trends, psychology and many other aspects of modern Western life. It essentially explains exactly what is going wrong with political debate in our society today and how we can all strive to fix these issues on a personal basis. It’s also compelling and straightforward - Jonathan Haidt is both an excellent writer and a great narrator. Everyone should read or listen to this, I can’t recommend it enough.

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  • Diana
  • 02-27-19

Eye opening

I loved this book so much. It really opened my mind to some of the potential causes for behaviour patterns I am seeing with my students at the moment.

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  • Kai
  • 11-30-18

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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  • Alison
  • 03-07-19

enlightening

this very well written and presented book answered a lot of questions regarding what is happening in our society today, particularly among young people. this book should be widely read. the authors present a clear case about how 3 untruths are shaping the current generation and what can be done about it. highly recommended for parents and educators in particular.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-19

Brilliant deconstruction of the culture

This is a brilliant and honest deconstruction of the culture of safetyism, hysteria and anti-intellectualism gripping the western world and leading us astray. Fantastic work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

very good informative book

some really eye opening facts and points that everyone should hear, especially young people and parents.

well read and balanced arguments.

some points get repeated but the delivery is understandable and facts back up why these should be repeated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-19

Excellent and gave me a lot to think about

Around halfway was worried this book had already covered everything worth covering on the topic. It was right around then that it was pleasantly surprised by the new track it took.

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  • andrew
  • 07-02-19

Ground breaking

I have been a follower of Haidt since The Righteous Mind, and I initially came at this book with the wrong mindset. The book gives the a great diagnosis of the issues with IGen, specifically the growing problems with the rates of youth autonomy, university campus culture and the political divide around it. As this book many of these are problems of progress.

I have purchased copies of this for family members and would recommend to the widest audience.

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  • Pieter
  • 05-29-19

Must read for all!

Haidt provides an excellent analysis of the fallout of the current culture wars in many western counties today. Furthermore, he provides several good starting points on how to fix it in the next generation.

This is a must read for everyone!

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  • Jesse Clarke
  • 04-28-19

can't believe I waited this long to listen!!


Brilliant listening, makes sense out of now!
The only thing I have heard that explains why certain things are happening in America and other western countries and what should be done to change certain things to achieve worthwhile goals.

Observed the author on Joe Rogans podcast, heard the book mentioned again and again.
Really should have listened to it sooner, should be freshman reading material!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-18

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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