I have mixed feelings about this article.
James Poole
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I don’t think what the other meant in his criticism of the self-love/self-esteem movement is that we should instead self-hate/self-deprecate, but that love and esteem are earned qualities — a point that is often overlooked yet very eloquently explained by your comment. Like so many initiatives to improve the world, the self-esteem movement was started with good intentions but the message became distorted over time. People who have truly suffered for the things they’ve achieved in life will know intuitively why the concept was flawed from inception — esteem is something you earn from others, not something you demand from others. If you start out with high self-esteem, why bother doing the work necessary to earn it?

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