One Nation Under Therapy

One Nation Under Therapy

How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-reliance

Book - 2005
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A critical exploration of what the author believes to be an alarming reduction of personal accountability in America argues that the therapy industry is directly related to rising levels of crime, addiction, mental illness, and lawsuit filing, challenging popular beliefs about stress management and public grief counseling. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, psychically frail, and requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals to cope with life's vicissitudes. Being "in touch with one's feelings" and freely expressing them have become paramount personal virtues. Today-with a book for every ailment, a counselor for every crisis, a lawsuit for every grievance, and a TV show for every conceivable problem-we are at risk of degrading our native ability to cope with life's challenges.

Drawing on established science and common sense, Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel reveal how "therapism" and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives. Help is offered everywhere under the presumption that we need it: in children's classrooms, the workplace, churches, courtrooms, the media, the military. But with all the "help" comes a host of troubling consequences, including:

* The myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hypercompetitive, and depressed or suicidal schoolchildren in need of therapy and medication

* The loss of moral bearings in our approach to lying, crime, addiction, and other foibles and vices

* The unasked-for "grief counselors" who descend on bereaved families, schools, and communities following a tragedy, offering dubious advice while billing plenty of money

* The expansion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from an affliction of war veterans to nearly everyone who has experienced a setback

Intelligent, provocative, and wryly amusing, One Nation Under Therapy demonstrates that "talking about" problems is no substitute for confronting them.


Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312304430
0312304439
Branch Call Number: 155.8973 So55o
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Satel, Sally L.

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