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Author Sommers, Christina Hoff.

Title One nation under therapy : how the helping culture is eroding self-reliance / Christina Hoff Sommers and Sally Satel.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  155.8973 SOMMERS    Check Shelf
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description 310 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The myth of the fragile child -- Esteem thyself -- Sin to syndrome -- Emotional correctness -- From pathos to pathology -- September 11, 2001 : the mental health crisis that wasn't -- Conclusion: Therapism and the nation's future.
Summary Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of an ethic that views Americans as 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 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, "help" is offered everywhere, but with it come troubling consequences, including: the myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hypercompetitive, and depressed or suicidal schoolchildren; the loss of moral bearings in our approach to lying, crime, addiction, and other foibles and vices; the expansion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from an affliction of war veterans to nearly everyone who has experienced a setback.--From publisher description.
Subject Mental health -- United States.
Psychotherapy -- United States.
Psychotherapy -- trends -- United States.
Attitude (Psychology) -- United States.
Mental Health -- United States.
Autonomy (Psychology) -- United States.
Added Author Satel, Sally L.
ISBN 0312304439
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