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  1. One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance
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  2. One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance

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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. Today---with a book for every ailment, 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 Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel reveal how "therapism" and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives, with a host of troubling consequences, including:

*The myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hyper-competitive, and depressed schoolchildren in need of therapy and medication

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

*The unasked-for "grief counselors" who descend on bereaved families, schools, and communities following a tragedy
Intelligent, provocative, and wryly amusing, One Nation Under Therapy demonstrates that "talking about" problems is no substitute for confronting them.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I think it's unfortunate that therapism persists despite severe lack of it's effectiveness.

People are not weak, we are strong if we want to be, and therapism assumes otherwise from the jump.

The book shows that ruminating about one's problems and negative feelings, is not a good way to go about it. Is that really surprising? Is that offensive? No, but apparently a lot of people in the medical community are above common sense.

The book points out that in AA the emphasis for "the root our troubles" is self-centerdness and not so much the word 'disease', like the medical community likes to put it.

The authors point out that overprotected kids do not flourish. Apparently some schools are banning competitive games like dodgeball because it might hurt somebody's feelings. What?!

I conclude with a quote from the book:

"Too many Americans have been convinced, for example, that self-expression is more important than... Read more
Whenever I hear some news report about counselors being available at some local school after some truly minor incident I get disgusted. It's as if everyone in charge of any institution thinks we are all a bunch of psychologically fragile individuals ready to crack at the slightest provocation.

In this book the authors skewer the current culture of therapy that sends hordes of grief counselors to every tragedy. It covers self-esteem, PTSD, and 9/11 among others. They present overwhelming evidence that virtually all studies of this kind of reaction is grossly overdone and that the vast majority of people are resilient and recover via their own support networks of family and friends.

In any case this is a much needed correction to the overreacting therapy movement and I easily recommend it.
"The fateful question is: Will Americans actively defend the traditional creed of stoicism and the ideology of achievement, or will they continue to allow the nation to slide into therapeutic self-absorption and moral debility?" This book was a searing look into the ethos of "therapism" in modern America. The basic tenant of therapism is, simply put, that people are psychologically and emotionally fragile. School are increasingly becoming feeling-centered as apposed to knowledge-based and normal human responses to loss and crisis are readily being pathologized by health care professionals and the media. Resiliency, strength, and courage are not characteristics of those in "denial', but rather something we should teach our children and continue to uphold as American virtues.
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