Are universities these days coddling the American mind?

With back to school quickly approaching, today’s podcast is inspired by the topics featured in the upcoming novel by Jonathan Haidt, titled The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt’s work discusses the evolution and apparent decline of the University system, and the impact this has on the social, emotional, and intellectual development of youth. 

In this episode, our Shrinks discuss their thoughts about the current cultural climate of the University and what we need to do to protect and stimulate creative thinking and expression.

Listen here:

  “We’ve become a culture of hyperbole, of black and white extremism.”

– Jonathan Hetterly, LPC

Being Human

In our Being Human segment, the Shrink Tank Podcast panelists discuss some of the latest findings on psychology in the news.

Today’s Being Human segment discusses the ever classic Marshmallow Experiment. Some 50 years since the original marshmallow test, a new study finds that today’s youngsters may be able to delay gratification significantly longer in order to get that extra reward.

Our panel of Shrinks discuss the correlation between delayed gratification and higher intelligence, maturation, and problem-solving skills. Read the article that inspired the discussion here. 

Speak your Mind!

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Need a longer session with the Shrinks? Check out our last episode here.


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