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One Nation Under Therapy (New Book by Christina Hoff Sommers and Sally Satel)
New York Post ^ | April 21, 2005 | George F. Will

Posted on 05/02/2005 12:00:14 PM PDT by beaversmom

IT hurt her feelings, says Jane Fonda, sharing her feelings, that one of her husbands liked them to have sexual threesomes. "It reinforced my feeling I wasn't good enough."

In the Scottsdale, Ariz., Unified School District office, the receptionist used to be called a receptionist. Now she is "director of first impressions." The happy director says, "Everyone wants to be important." Scottsdale school bus drivers now are "transporters of learners." A school official says such terminological readjustment is "a positive affirmation." Which beats a negative affirmation.

Manufacturers of pens and markers report a surge in teachers' demands for purple ink pens. When marked in red, corrections of students' tests seem so awfully judgmental.

Fonda's confession, Scottsdale's tweaking of terminology and the recoil from red markings are manifestations of today's therapeutic culture. The nature and menace of "therapism" is the subject of a new book, "One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance" by Christina Hoff Sommers and Sally Satel, M.D., resident scholars at the American Enterprise Institute.

From childhood on, Americans are told by "experts" — therapists, self-esteem educators, traumatologists — that it is healthy for them continuously to take their emotional temperature, inventory their feelings and vent them. Never mind research indicating that reticence and suppression of feelings can be healthy.

Because children are considered terribly vulnerable and fragile, playground games like dodgeball are being replaced by anxiety-reducing games of tag where nobody is ever "out." But abundant research indicates no connection between high self-esteem and high achievement or virtue. Is not unearned self-esteem a more pressing problem?

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: bookreview; christinahoffsommers; georgewill; therapism; undertherapy
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This sounds like a good book. Dennis Prager is just finishing up his interview with the authors. Anyone purchased it yet. I still want to get Sommers book the War Against Boys.
1 posted on 05/02/2005 12:00:16 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I saw on John Stewart show. Seems like a good read.


2 posted on 05/02/2005 12:02:06 PM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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To: beaversmom
anxiety-reducing games of tag where nobody is ever "out."

That sounds homophobic! What if some 8-year-old boy wants to "come out" -- but the rules say no one can ever be "out"! Think of the trauma!

3 posted on 05/02/2005 12:03:52 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL!!!


4 posted on 05/02/2005 12:06:15 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: beaversmom

I wrote a short story about a newer cleaner hell. I turned the devils into ''customer service facilitators'' and the damned were forced into group hugs and public service announcements for all eternity.


5 posted on 05/02/2005 12:07:11 PM PDT by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: beaversmom

A receptionist is called "Director of First Impressions"?

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!


6 posted on 05/02/2005 12:08:42 PM PDT by Mears ("The Killer Queen,caviar and cigarettes")
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To: TXBubba; onef

False self esteem ping.


7 posted on 05/02/2005 12:08:52 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Mears

When my son went to public school the receptionist definitely gave a "first impression". I should have taken that first impression as a warning and run right then.


8 posted on 05/02/2005 12:10:34 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
As Medved says I am not a victim!
9 posted on 05/02/2005 12:14:48 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: beaversmom

Just ordered it from my local library. It sounds great.


10 posted on 05/02/2005 12:14:54 PM PDT by Mears ("Grief counselors will be available"--How we all managed w/o them is a mystery.)
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To: beaversmom

Psychobabble bullsqueeze!

We have become a Nation of touchy-feely wimps.


11 posted on 05/02/2005 12:28:41 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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My son went to kindergarten at a public school. I attended their field day where they were having relay races with eggs. The kids were being very competitive--they wanted to know which line of kids won. One of the teachers proudly proclaimed "Everyone is a winner!" It didn't stop the kids though. They started trying to keep track and were saying, "We won, you're a loser!".


12 posted on 05/02/2005 12:29:22 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

They were on c-span yesterday. Interesting!


13 posted on 05/02/2005 12:36:19 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Mears

"A receptionist is called "Director of First Impressions"?

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!"

Sooooo...can I talk to the receptionist on my second visit to the office,...or do they have a specialist in second impressions? Sounds like a jobs program to me.


14 posted on 05/02/2005 12:37:22 PM PDT by Big Digger (I)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP

Yes, our beloved Medved. I used to buy into the victim mentality. It's really sickening now to me. It's kind of like how an ex-smoker must look at smokers.

Speaking of my favorite Jewish talk show hosts, I got to see Prager last night in Denver. They were having an Israel Awareness night at Faith Bible Chapel. I had never been there before. That place was absolutely huge and it was packed. It was lots of fun. Prager was the grand finale.

Been looking for Medved articles on google every other day or so but haven't come across any recent ones. Some articles include a reference to his name but aren't specifically about him. Keep your eyes peeled and I'll keep looking too.


15 posted on 05/02/2005 12:37:29 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Mears

A receptionist is called "Director of First Impressions"?

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!
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An AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!er is called

"Director of Mears Mumblings" !!! ;-))




16 posted on 05/02/2005 12:42:44 PM PDT by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!! -- Impeach Greer !!!.)
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To: beaversmom
Do you live in Denver? My Mom grew up north of Denver; Longmont, Fort Collins, Boulder. My Grandparents had a farm near Loveland when I was growing up.
17 posted on 05/02/2005 1:34:33 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: beaversmom
without Tether-ball, Dodge-ball and the ever popular Kill the Guy WITH the Ball, what is there left to do during recess for straight boys???
18 posted on 05/02/2005 1:46:25 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Chode

We called "Kill the Guy WITH the Ball", Smear the queer. That would really go over well on today's playgrounds!


19 posted on 05/02/2005 2:01:54 PM PDT by MichiganCheese (Democrats: The Party Of Choice; We Choose To Kill)
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To: MichiganCheese
ain't that the truth!!!
ahhh... the simple joys of youth

sometimes, as a kid, i think you've never been hit in the head with a ball, till you've been hit full on in the face with a real cold tether ball in the winter by the biggest kid in the class 8^)

20 posted on 05/02/2005 2:11:40 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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