You’re Just Not as Awesome as You Think. Fostering A Healthier Take on “Self-Esteem”

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It might surprise you coming from a mental health professional, but I'm not a big fan of "self-esteem."  Not that I want anyone to feel badly about themselves.  It's just that what most people think of as "self-esteem"  (i.e., telling a child that  he is awesome just because he managed to draw breath without tripping over his tongue) isn't terrifically effective and doesn't bear terrifically good fruit.But as much as you hear about self-esteem on children's television and daytime talk shows, … [Read more...]

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COMING FRI:  The Tyranny of the Shoulds--The Theology of the Body reminds us that there is more to life, but that's different from beating ourselves (and others) about not being there yet. Today on M2L, we'll look at how to be gentle with ourselves and others as we try to live peaceably with the fact that we are all works in progress.We'd love your feedback on the question of the day!  What imperfections in yourself or others is it hardest for you to know whether you should just accept or k … [Read more...]

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