For Deresiewicz the contrarian take is that the Ivy League produces all sort of horrors, including mental illness. Here is Laren Davis' interview with him in The Atlantic.
The funny thing, though, is that what Deresiewicz says about the Ivy League can also apply to the ambitious kid like myself whose mother was a cleaning lady. Both those in the Ivy League and the working-class strivers assume we have to be perfect. We can't make a mistake because a mistake derails us. The reality it that it does. Perform poorly on the SAT and we wear the Scarlet Score on our record forevermore.
So, we are sitting ducks for clinical depression. Had I been born rich and attended an elite boarding school, I was convinced that I wouldn't have had such struggle with depression. Ha-ha-ha.
Incidentally, eventually I did get admitted to Harvard Law School. That was the platform on which I have become a syndicated legal writer. Here is my award-winning blog Law and More.
Deresiewicz might hold court with his ideas for a few months. His upcoming book is "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life." But, unlike many TED Talk presenters, he will likely never be considered an Idea Entrepreneur. The inconvenient truth is that the Ivy League provides an edge. And that is what the current economy is all about: Your edge.