June 19, 2020
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Tag: Self-Esteem

America Unhinged

The level of incivility and animosity in America today gives ample cause to wonder whether our society has become unhinged. Educators cast aside subject matter and proclaim their personal likes and dislikes to their captive audiences. Journalists...

Prevalent, Modern Forms of Self-Deception

Deep down, at the core of our being, we all want to live honest lives. By an honest life, I mean a life free of self-deception.  This requires constant examination [1] of our lives to ensure that we are following the straight and narrow road that...

The Sad Legacy of the Self-Esteem Movement

It has been almost sixty years since the Gospel of Self-Esteem was first preached in America and quickly planted in the nation’s schools. Since then it has impacted three generations of Americans. Here is a summary of the message they have been...

On Listening and Learning

The occasion was a recent picnic and my discussion with a pharmacist began well. I mentioned that I have often consulted pharmacists about prescription medicines’ side effects and interactions and that experience had led me to study such matters...

Isn’t Self-Esteem a Good Thing?

A perceptive friend told me that, though she agrees with my often-expressed criticism of the self-esteem movement (see, for example, ), she believes I should acknowledge that all people need at least a measure of self-esteem and that some lack it. I...

Foolishly Forsaking Humility

In 1980 Mac Davis wrote “Oh, Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble (if you’re perfect in every way)” He was not disparaging humility, of course, but having fun with the human tendency to overweening pride and self-importance. Yet ironically, at that very...