New paperback release: 20th August 2019 (US); 6th June 2019 (UK)
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure was named the best book of 2018 by Bloomberg, as well as spending four weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Written by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and president of FIRE Greg Lukianoff, it has been a fiercely controversial book, addressing the rise of what the authors call “safetyism” on college campuses. As such, it examines the rise of “safe spaces”, “no-platforming”, and “trigger warnings” alongside inflammatory free speech debates.
In The Coddling of the American Mind, the authors propose the provocative thesis that many of the steps currently taken to safeguard psychological health on college campuses may, in fact, be doing more harm in the long run. With rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide rising, the authors say this is a call for alarm.
Jonathan Haidt spoke to Five Books about the best books on happiness.