The Problem with Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a deeply secular concept, and not one with which Christians should be particularly involved.

Today, the largest and most familiar part of American Psychology is the popular psychology of self-esteem, now found throughout American society. Self-esteem and the obsession that so many have with it, is familiar to almost all of us these days. Self-esteem programs affect the lives of countless school children, because this idea, really an ideal, has been taken and applied primarily in education. Continue reading “The Problem with Self-Esteem”

The Key to Self-Esteem

I’d like to pass on a few additional reflections about self-esteem and the self-esteem movement.

You should know that Paul Vitz, professor of psychology at New York University, is our mentor in all of this. Vitz is simply the clearest, most discerning and clarifying voice in matters of Catholicism and the new psychological faiths that surround us. Continue reading “The Key to Self-Esteem”

Self-Confidence or Self-Esteem

What is the believers’ version of the concept of self-confidence or self-esteem? Can we strike a balance between being an ordinary person and cherishing high goals?

Self-confidence, or self-esteem, is usually defined as a person’s believing and trusting in himself, relying on his personal abilities and opportunities, living in peace with his own person and environment, and being content with himself in general. Continue reading “Self-Confidence or Self-Esteem”

Making a God of Self-Esteem

These days, taking issue with making a god of self-esteem probably places one somewhere between Atilla the Hun and the early Desert Fathers. But so be it!

What are we to make of a culture that seems to have developed amnesia, insecurity, and “chronological snobbery” at roughly the same time? For that seems to be our condition judging by how we approach contemporary education. Continue reading “Making a God of Self-Esteem”