The reason so many Americans feel lost and unhappy, explains Dr. Schlessinger, is that we have abandoned the high road and indulged in the feel-good pop psychology of the last decade. Mistaking fun for happiness, we have set ourselves up for "short-term thrills and long-term agony." "How could you do that?!" she asks. In this wise and witty book, she topples the lame excuses we try to make when we do the wrong thing. Americans know what the right thing to do is, she asserts. We just try to take the easy way out. In seven chapters, she challenges us to find our Character, Conscience, Courage, Self-respect, Morals, Integrity and Principles by discussing such issues as love versus lust, irresponsible parenting and the mindless pursuit of happiness at the expense of others. Her message is simple: If we discipline ourselves and accept responsibility for our actions, we will ultimately enjoy a life of richer quality and greater satisfaction. Written in her unmistakably lively and outspoken style, "How Could You Do That?!" is a refreshing, and sometimes tough argument for the need for values and character. "Get a grip, " says Dr. Laura, "it's time to grow up."