In September of 2015, Greg Lukianoff, the President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Jonathan Haidt, the social psychologist and New York University Stern School of Business professor, co-authored a cover story at The Atlantic titled "The Coddling of the American Mind." In the essay, they described, first, the growing trend of students demanding that college curricula steer clear of engaging with subject matter that some members of the student body might find distressing. The authors then theorized that this ascendant movement had its origins in various cognitive distortions that had recently gained traction in the younger generations, distortions that misunderstand how resilience can be cultivated and thus encouraged said "coddling." As Lukianoff and Haidt poignantly wrote, endorsing a rediscovery of the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy to counter the widespread anxiety and depression taking hold of these campuses, "According to the most-basic tenets of psychology, helping people with anxiety disorders avoid the things they fear is misguided."
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