Imagining New Cheese by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

Imagining New Cheese

Anne Barbeau Gardiner on a Psychology for Utopia

I was recently a guest at a meeting of women educators gathered to discuss a book that had enjoyed a long run on the New York Times best-seller list: Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese? In the discussion, these fifteen or so well-mannered women congratulated themselves on overcoming fear of change when their “Cheese” had been moved, that is, when they had faced new textbooks and classes, and they were surprised when I observed that the author had, under the guise of giving psychological guidance for success, actually written a how-to book for opportunists.

The book is a little fable about adapting to ch . . .