Is The Rest Of The World 'Crazy Like Us'? Author Ethan Watters thinks that America is "homogenizing the way the world goes mad." In Crazy Like Us, he describes how America's approach to mental illness has spread to other cultures around the world, in a "globalization of the American psyche."

Is The Rest Of The World 'Crazy Like Us'?

Is The Rest Of The World 'Crazy Like Us'?

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Ethan Watters is also the author of Urban Tribes: Are Friends The New Family? and the co-author of Making Monsters. Chris Hardy/Free Press hide caption

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Author Ethan Watters thinks that America is "homogenizing the way the world goes mad." In Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, he describes how American definitions and treatments of mental illness have spread to other cultures around the world.

"[McDonald's] golden arches do not represent our most troubling impact on other cultures," Watters writes. "Rather, it is how we are flattening the landscape of the human psyche itself. We are engaged in the grand project of Americanizing the world's understanding of the human mind."

Watters talks with NPR's Rebecca Roberts about the cultural diversity of mental illness — and how that diversity is quickly disappearing.

Crazy Like Us
By Ethan Watters

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