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Actual Sin

What is Actual Sin? Actual sin is sin in the ordinary sense of the word and consists of evil acts, whether of thought, word, or deed. According to the Western Christian tradition, actual sin, as distinguished from original sin, is an act contrary to the will and law of God whether by doing evil (sin of commission)...

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Pride

Pride Pride is an emotional state deriving positive affect from the perceived value of a person or thing with which the subject has an intimate connection. It may be inwardly or outwardly directed. With a negative connotation pride refers to a foolishly and irrationally corrupt sense of one’s personal value, status or accomplishments, used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a content...

Ego Quotes

Ego Quotes Ego is a Latin word meaning I, which derives from the Greek word Εγώ (Ego) meaning I, often used in English to indicate the self, identity or other related concepts. Definitions and relations of such an entity to the world in various psychological models of religious, spiritual, scientific and medical...

Understanding Feelings

Understanding Feelings Feelings tell us much about how we are currently relating to the world and other people. By learning from our feelings we can know ourselves better and can govern our emotions with sensitivity and understanding. Feelings and emotions are very important in the interactions between the mind of...

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The New Curriculum: Reading, Writing, and Self-esteem

The New Curriculum: Reading, Writing, and Self-esteem One of the most dominant articles of faith pervading the modern curriculum is the notion that children can’t achieve and wont succeed unless they have high self-esteem. In parochial and public schools, in reading and writing, in health class and on the sports...

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Want To Build Your Child’s Self-esteem?

Want To Build Your Child’s Self-esteem? Tell them how ordinary they are. A growing body of research suggests that praising kids for their talent and intelligence doesn’t help them achieve success — it sets them up for disappointment. All are self-esteem boosters that parents lavish on their children to make...

Narcissism

What Is Narcissism? Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s idealised self image and attributes. This includes self-flattery, perfectionism, and arrogance.[1] The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Narcissism is...

Honour

What Is Honour? Honour (or honor in American English) is the idea of a bond between an individual and a society as a quality of a person that is both of social teaching and of personal ethos, that manifests itself as a code of conduct, and has various elements such as valor, chivalry, honesty, and compassion....

Dark Triad

What Is Dark Triad? In psychology, the dark triad refers to the personality traits of narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychopathy. They are called “dark” because of their malevolent qualities. Research on the dark triad is used in applied psychology, especially within the fields of law enforcement, clinical psychology, and business management. People...

Self-esteem

What Is Self-esteem? Self-esteem reflects an individual’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of their own worth. It is the decision made by an individual as an attitude towards the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself, (for example, “I am competent”, “I am worthy”), as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame.[1] Smith and Mackie (2007) defined it...

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Vanity

Vanity Vanity is the excessive belief in one’s own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. The related term vainglory is now often seen as an archaic synonym for vanity, but originally meant boasting in vain, i.e. unjustified boasting; although glory is now...

Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices, or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings, although it does not appear explicitly in the Bible. Behaviours or habits are classified under this category if they directly give birth to other immoralities. According to...

Personal Morality in the Talmud

Personal Morality in the Talmud The Talmud is concerned with man himself, and not only with the social consequences of his actions. Scattered throughout Talmudic literature, we have therefore a description of the ideal in human character. It is inspired by the religious and moral values which are taught in...

The Problem With Self-Esteem

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...

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The Key to 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...

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Self-Confidence Or 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,...

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Making A God Of Self-Esteem

Making A God Of Self-Esteem 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. The amnesia relates to just about every aspect...

Vainglory: Seeking The Praise Of Men

Vainglory: Seeking The Praise Of Men Do you worry over what others think of you? Do you sometimes say or do things to draw attention to yourself? Do you replay conversations in your mind, wondering if you left the right impression? If so, you might be struggling with the vice...

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