Self-esteem, Redux

Comedy and tragedy masks

Comedy and tragedy masks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Readers of my previous post, “I Have a Problem with Self Esteem” will undoubtedly understand my delight in discovering a recent article in the New Scientist titled “The Curse of Generation Me.” The author makes the very same points I’ve been promoting in my classes for nine years now and that I conveyed earlier this year right here on wordpress. I do wish the author had better emphasized the point I made earlier about scaling, that is, that rather than considering self esteem as something that varies from high to low, we should consider the variation in terms of “realistic – unrealistic.” The variation in realism better reflects the way in which esteem is created and maintained. That said though, I applaud the author in her handling of this complex topic and encourage readers to examine the New Scientist article too (it’s available for free on-line if you register first). The more folks know about this, the better off future generations will be. There’s no time like the present for a redux of this important concept. Our children will thank us for it.

2 thoughts on “Self-esteem, Redux

  1. Self-esteem is “the topic at hand”, more people need to take the time to focus on understanding it as a whole. Esteem isn’t just how you feel about yourself but how you feel about yourself in connection to your environment. People spend more time partying than dealing and wake up buried in problems!!!!

    1. Right, you are. The connection to the environment, and importantly an awareness of the fact that we are each one force interconnected in a complicated web, where we affect and are affected by others is sorely lacking. Folks in higher ed, teachers, and parents have the power to change a generation for better or for worse. It is my hope that folks will recognize the errors with “generation me” and change for the better so the next generation doesn’t carry on the narcissistic tradition started here in the 1980s (I actually think it goes back farther than that, but the 1980s is when the author of the NS article pin-points the shift).

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About EricaK

As a professor and a parent, I think a lot about education. Turns out that the topics I teach (e.g., cognitive and developmental psychology) inform my thoughts about teaching, and that is what I want to write about here.