Overprotective parents are raising a “nation of wimps,” a Psychology Today article warns.
Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation.
. . . With few challenges all their own, kids are unable to forge their creative adaptations to the normal vicissitudes of life. That not only makes them risk-averse, it makes them psychologically fragile, riddled with anxiety. In the process they’re robbed of identity, meaning and a sense of accomplishment, to say nothing of a shot at real happiness. Forget, too, about perseverance, not simply a moral virtue but a necessary life skill. These turn out to be the spreading psychic fault lines of 21st-century youth. Whether we want to or not, we’re on our way to creating a nation of wimps.
When overprotected kids get to college, they often fall apart.
College, it seems, is where the fragility factor is now making its greatest mark. It’s where intellectual and developmental tracks converge as the emotional training wheels come off. By all accounts, psychological distress is rampant on college campuses. It takes a variety of forms, including anxiety and depression — which are increasingly regarded as two faces of the same coin — binge drinking and substance abuse, self-mutilation and other forms of disconnection.
. . . The severity of student mental health problems has been rising since 1988, according to an annual survey of counseling center directors.
Via Education Gadfly