Brendan O'Neill on Elliot Rodger and Therapy Culture

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Elliot Rodger

One of the terrifying, achievements of the modern cult of therapy has been to churn out a generation of people completely focused on the self and in constant need of validation from others, writes Brendan O'Neill. If we are going to say that any kind of "culture" was responsible for Elliot Rodger's rampage—and that is always a dangerous thing to do, since it lessens Rodger's own moral responsibility for what he did—then we might want to examine the impact of the mainstream therapy culture in which he was thoroughly immersed.