The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance

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Little, Brown, Sep 2, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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Kids today are depressed and anxious. They also seem to feel entitled to every advantage and unwilling to make the leap into adulthood. As Polly Young-Eisendrath makes clear in this brilliant account of where a generation has gone astray, parents trying to make their children feel special are unwittingly interfering with their kids' ability to accept themselves and cope with life. Clarifying an enormous cultural change, THE SELF-ESTEEM TRAP shows why so many young people have trouble with empathy and compassion, struggle with moral values, and are stymied in the face of adversity. Young-Eisendrath offers prescriptive advice on how adults can help kids--through the teen and young adult years--develop self-worth, setting them on the right track to productive, balanced, and happy lives.

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Not a parent myself, my interest in this book was as someone who *was* raised with a deep sense of entitlement, self-importance, and feeling of specialness (by very well-intentioned, loving parents ... Read full review

The self-esteem trap: raising confident and compassionate kids in an age of self-importance

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Psychologist and Jungian analyst Young-Eisendrath (Women and Desire: Beyond Wanting To Be Wanted) is onto something big. Those born between 1970 and 2000 (Gen Me-ers), she argues, are a vastly ... Read full review


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