One Nation Under Therapy

  • by Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally Satel
  • Narrated by Dianna Dorman
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"[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)
"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)


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Customer Reviews

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If you want another perspective

I was a little reluctant to get this book but glad I did. The book gives a succint analysis of the processes involved in the rise of psychology and helping, with accessible examples that we can all relate to. The central point is that seeking help has become a social necessity when mostly it unnecessary. Well written and well ordered for audio. I like the narrators voice, calming older lady. Generally the book gives a bit of balance and thought to the medicalisation of human emotions. Have a listen if you are sick of being coddled or coddling others.
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- Kurt

Everyone should read this book, especially if you have kids

This is a terrific book that provides a much needed wake up call to the creeping notion that basic human emotions are pathological and all we really need is therapy. I wish I had bought the hard copy so I could go back and look at all the sentences I would've underlined. If you are at all concerned that we are becoming a nation of people who lack the will to fight and whine far too often, this book is for you. If that previous sentence drives you crazy, it is not.
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- Emilio Sandoz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.