Extended Audio Sample

Download One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance Audiobook, by Christina Hoff Sommers Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (92 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally Satel Narrator: Dianna Dorman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188826
Regular Price: $19.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. Recent decades, however, have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals to cope with life’s vicissitudes. Today, having a book for every ailment, a counselor for every crisis, a lawsuit for every grievance, and a TV show for every problem degrades one’s native ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Drawing on established science and common sense, the authors reveal how “therapism” and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives. Topical, provocative, and wryly amusing, One Nation under Therapy demonstrates that “talking about” problems is no substitute for confronting them.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_002344

Quotes & Awards

  • “Sommers and Satel’s book is a summons to the sensible worry that national enfeeblement must result when ‘therapism’ replaces the virtues on which the republic was founded—stoicism, self-reliance, and courage.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Sommers and Satel] review the relevant literature, letting its conclusions speak for themselves…they don’t have to apply spin to be convincing…Well-written, well-informed public affairs argumentation.”

    Booklist

  • “A gauntlet-throwing assessment…certain to spark reflection and conversation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 1/6/2014

    " A very interesting read & I agree with much of it. Great references and backup material...not just their opinion. Parts of it can be tough to get through due to "doctor speak". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 12/29/2013

    " Really annoying, couldnt agree with much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P.S. | 8/19/2013

    " worthwhile but a bit Ditto-head. not the same calibre as "creating mental illness". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/26/2013

    " I would recommend reading sections of this book but not the entire thing. I found it uneven, with some parts leading me to consider our culture in a new light, but others seeming obvious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 7/9/2013

    " you are over medicated and fussed over to the point of absurdity. must read for anyone who (like me) feels better than everyone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephi C | 9/8/2012

    " Rather opionionated, and I don't necessarily agree with all of this, but some valid points are made and I think this is worth a read. More importantly, it does say something about how mental issues are too often diagnosed to people in America (and certain other parts of the world). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 7/9/2012

    " It's high time someone pointed out the insanity of modern therapy and our willingness to trust this new false priesthood with our mental health. The critical data presented are powerful and sobering. Get off that couch, America, you have been seduced by the followers of a madman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 6/24/2012

    " great thoughts on how we teach our kids how to act like victoms "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 5/21/2012

    " This was a difficult read. Skip the first chapter and come back to it at the end if you are still interested in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna Sanford | 5/10/2012

    " The purpose of this book is to make an arguement (and further an agenda) so obviously the evidence is cherry picked, but the points are interesting to ponder nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 maven | 11/19/2011

    " An interesting book at how incorrect ideas about psychology have negatively affected Americans. The book was a bit light and not well-balanced, but it was a decent read. I was especially interested in the section discussing personal responsibility vs. blaming problems on brain disorders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/13/2011

    " This book criticises the way the mental health profession has disempowered people and made 'normal' abnormal. It is a very readable book for one that references a lot of research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 7/7/2011

    " This book gave me lots of food for thought! Rushing in to quickly to help can give the wrong message and actually make matters worse. It is going on my list of recommended books for our Esperanza educators. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/24/2011

    " Great book for therapists and those in the helping profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 11/15/2010

    " not my natural perspective, but gave good food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 6/18/2010

    " Usually, I'm a non-fiction HATER. However, I like this book because...I agree with it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 4/20/2010

    " Really annoying, couldnt agree with much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 1/12/2010

    " not my natural perspective, but gave good food for thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 4/19/2009

    " A very interesting read & I agree with much of it. Great references and backup material...not just their opinion. Parts of it can be tough to get through due to "doctor speak". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/17/2008

    " This was a difficult read. Skip the first chapter and come back to it at the end if you are still interested in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/31/2008

    " I would recommend reading sections of this book but not the entire thing. I found it uneven, with some parts leading me to consider our culture in a new light, but others seeming obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 8/25/2008

    " Usually, I'm a non-fiction HATER. However, I like this book because...I agree with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 8/20/2008

    " The purpose of this book is to make an arguement (and further an agenda) so obviously the evidence is cherry picked, but the points are interesting to ponder nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/30/2008

    " This book criticises the way the mental health profession has disempowered people and made 'normal' abnormal. It is a very readable book for one that references a lot of research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/23/2008

    " It's high time someone pointed out the insanity of modern therapy and our willingness to trust this new false priesthood with our mental health. The critical data presented are powerful and sobering. Get off that couch, America, you have been seduced by the followers of a madman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/11/2008

    " Great book for therapists and those in the helping profession. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P.S. | 6/3/2007

    " worthwhile but a bit Ditto-head. not the same calibre as "creating mental illness". "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers has a PhD in philosophy from Brandeis University and was a professor of philosophy at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has written for such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the author of Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women. She is married, has two sons and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Dianna Dorman is a stage and film actor, voice-over artist, and narrator for the Texas Talking Book Program and several commercial publishing companies. She particularly enjoys narrating historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, and comedy stories. She lives in Austin, Texas.