Lesson 4: SELF-ESTEEM AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Lesson 4: SELF-ESTEEM AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

What is the contribution of the individual to his or her self-esteem and what is the contribution of other people and the environment? Self-esteem is influenced by both internal and external factors. By “internal” I mean factors that reside within (or are generated by) the individual- ideas, beliefs, practices and behaviors. Regrettably, teachers of self-esteem are no less impervious to the worship of false idols than anyone else. I recall listening to a lecture by a man who delivered self-esteem seminars to the general public and to corporations. He announced that surrounding ourselves with people who think highly of us is one of the best ways to raise self-esteem. I thought of the nightmare of low self-esteem in people who are constantly bombarded with praise and adulation– like rock stars that have no idea how they got where they are and cannot survive a day without drugs. I thought of the futility of telling people with low self-esteem, who feel lucky if they are accepted by anyone, to raise their self-esteem by only seeking the company of admirers.

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