For over forty years, Americans are learning “self-esteem” in books, courses and even at school where students take courses such as “I love myself.”
Americans have long been fond of these guides as “self-help” to help them to live, to love, to succeed, etc.. without having to go to a therapist! And the publishing industry has lots of guides on how to self development , which lead the reader to be more positive personality.
Born as a therapeutic movement that encouraged the patient to consciously improve self-esteem, it comes now in all formats for everyone and at all prices.
The word itself has become a common word in the American vocabulary. “He has low self-esteem …”
The movement was born, about 40 years ago with the publication of the first work of the founders in a psychologists school . It also traces its origins with the democratization of American education after World War II, supports the idea that schools should not only provide theoretical knowledge, but a “Aptitude for life.”
Types of self-esteem
Self-esteem is in all schools. Teachers incorporate daily lessons like “I love me” in their time,there are other programs that are called “I am great” .
“A good self-esteem is more important than academic achievement,” John Mitchell says, There is an school in a rough area of Los Angeles [South Central Los Angeles, Ed] which has many differents programmes all extra-curricular such as parents, recreation, drug programs, anti-gang, anti-smoking – focusing on the issues of self-esteem.
“I tell them to love each other, because probably there is no one else to tell them …” explains the teacher from the same school in Los Angeles, which continues: “Many kids in this part of the city have a view of themselves very small, then all programs that we support are beneficial. ”
The “anti self-esteem”
But the self-esteem has its critics. In another school in Colorado, they used to spend three hours a week on these self-esteem programs , but the Management found out that only 12% of students knew to read . The program was canceled, teachers, forced to return to basic education,and all of a sudden they saw scores rising up to 64% and the students passed the reading test. “As a result, children feel much better,” said one teacher, Rhonda Holcomb, convinced that good results contribute to the image that a student has of himself.
The self-esteem has also been criticized as an incentive too systematic of selfishness or narcissism. Some even criticize the negative effects of this new “crazyness” called “self-esteemia” which will lead to “feel better” rather than “doing well” .
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