How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance
Authors: Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally Satel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
April 2005

Note: Christina Hoff Sommers is the author of: The War Against Boys and Who Stole Feminism? Sally Satel is a psychiatrist.

"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.

DDC Comments:
This book examines one of most disturbing conditions wrought upon our society in recent history. We cannot keep hitting the snooze button on the alarming consequences of "therapism," the damaging dishonesty of those who espouse the feel-good society, and simply chalk it up the failures of good intentions. One Nation Under Therapy is a must read and a wake-up-call for America.