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Author: Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt Narrator: Jonathan Haidt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780525627128
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Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.

Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.

This is an audiobook for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Our behavior in society is not immune to the power of rational scientific analysis. Through that lens, prepare yourself for a candid look at the softening of America, and what we can do about it.”

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A disturbing and comprehensive analysis of recent campus trends…The consequences of a generation unable or disinclined to engage with ideas that make them uncomfortable are dire for society, and open the door—accessible from both the left and the right—to various forms of authoritarianism.”

    New York Times Book Review (cover review)

  • “The authors…do a great job of showing how ‘safetyism’ is cramping young minds…Their advice is sound. Their book is excellent."

    Financial Times (London)

  • “The speed with which campus life has changed for the worse is one of the most important points made by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in this important if disturbing book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Educational Theory
  • A New York Times audio bestseller

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About the Author

Greg Lukianoff is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School. He specializes in free speech and First Amendment issues in higher education. He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech.

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He obtained his PhD in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and then taught at the University of Virginia for sixteen years. He is the author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Haidt is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind and one of the most cited intellectuals in the media. A professor at New York Univerisity’s Stern School of Business, Haidt is also the founder of Heterodox Academy, an organization of some of the nation’s most respected professors that is committed to viewpoint diversity in higher education. He has been named a “top global thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine.