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The self-esteem myth

Think Christianly: The self-esteem myth

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The self-esteem myth

Will high self-esteem fix our kids? Marcia Segelstein comments on the evidence in the following opinion piece for World Magazine:
The theory that promoting self-esteem in children provides wide-ranging benefits has been debunked. Again.

A new book, NurtureShock, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, takes a look at a variety of recent findings about child development. Among them is evidence that teaching self-esteem doesn’t do children any good whatsoever.

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I resonated with the simple, yet profound observation she made: "I know that Christianity is more complicated than the simple but profound fact that God loves each of us perfectly. But I’ve often thought that if we could know that—deep down, every moment—it would be the cure for our insecurities and the negative thoughts and actions they breed."

A book that powerfully brings this theme home is Love Beyond Reason by John Ortberg.

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