This book is essential reading for any parents or anyone who works with children. As a member of the generation in his focus, and a teacher of the new generation, I was hooked from page one. The book is formulated on debunking "three great untruths."
Haidt’s three great untruths that he describes us teaching kids these days (90s through today) are:
1) what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker, kids are fragile.
2) always trust your feelings, if you feel something it’s probably true and
3) us vs. them tribalism, they are the other and therefore bad.
The perils of overprotective, helicopter parenting, safetyism of only allowing supervised play, social media in adolescence, and third party problem solving by parents or teachers are just a few excellent reasons he gives for students and young people of today being less equipped to deal with life. He explores the state of higher education today, and how that is changing due to the changes in maturity and mental agility in students raised in this new way of thinking. I went to college from 2013 to 2017, and his insights into my particular generations' campus climate were spot-on and intriguing. This book has no political party which is also beautiful because it is readable by literally all Americans, with no agenda from the author besides asking that parents reconsider overprotective measures, and young people to attempt to disseminate our ways of thinking and get the most out of life by being less anxious and more willing to take risks.
Parents and students alike can learn a lot about the psychology nehind the societal norms of parenting today from Haidt and Lukianoff's book. I highly recommend the talk below, directed to college students (whom much of the book is about) whether you read the book or not if this topic interests you. The applications of this way of thinking are numerous.