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The Coddling of the American Mind (2019, Penguin Books) 4 stars

"Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of …

The creeping rise of 'safetyism' is not producing the desired protective effect and is in fact increasing harms. This book examines the problems caused by misinterpreting social interactions by viewing encounters through the lenses of cognitive distortions. The polarisation of political ideas in the university setting is explained in terms of how children are raised and the deficits it creates in resilience and capacity to deal with adversity.

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Culture of Narcissism (1991, W. W. Norton & Company) 4 stars

Here is a penetrating view of the narcissistic personality of our time. Liberated from the …

Interesting read considering when the book was written, and the direction that society has taken in the intervening period. The references to mass media seem quaint by today’s standards. The author takes the reader through emerging patterns of pathological narcissism and consequent cultural features from the protest movements of the 60s and the ‘me’ generation of the 70s. The gradual replacement of the functions of the family by the state are also outlined and the social impacts of these changes.