Cruel Compassion, The American Enterprise Online
Karlyn H. Bowman (email@example.com), Sally Satel, Christina Hoff Sommers
TAE contributing editor Karlyn Bowman recently sat down with Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers and Sally Satel, M.D., resident scholars at the American Enterprise Institute, to discuss their new book One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance.
TAE: You criticize what you call "therapism." What is that?
CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS: Therapism celebrates emotional self-absorption and the sharing of feelings. Its proponents believe that vulnerability, not strength, characterizes the American psyche. They see us as an anguished, emotionally apprehensive population that requires a vast array of counseling to cope with the trials of everyday life.
TAE: Let's start with the myth of the fragile child.