Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Author says today's kids are coddled too much -

"She said many people in America have adopted what she calls the idea of therapism. People think human happiness and physical well-being is based on a minimal amount of frustration, a deep awareness of their inner state, value self-esteem more than moral improvement and believe human beings are extremely fragile emotionally.

"Those who promote therapism, they believe there is something unhappy or immoral in suppressing feelings," Hoff Sommers said. "In most cultures and until most recently, our own, stoicism is highly valued. I actually think that therapism causes more problems than it alleviates."


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