Misguided to the Point of Deadly

Article in today's Times (of London): "Forget Self-esteem and Learn Some Humility." It's an attack on the "self-esteem movement." To be sure, the "movement" sets itself up for caricature. But these authors perform a DEADLY mis-service. People with HIGH self esteem are not, as the article claims, egocentric to the point of egomaniac. TO THE CONTRARY. People with high self-esteem are instead the lucky ones who are "comfortable with themselves" ... hence no need for egomaniacal behavior. The egomaniacs (from Hitler to Harry next door) in fact invariably suffer from LOW self-esteem, and exhibit counter-productive self-centered behavior to compensate for how shitty they feel about themselves. The other LOW self-esteemers just cower because of their uncertainty about themselves. (Or, rather, their certainty that they are not worthy of anyone's esteem.) The article is a travesty, and dangerous.

Genuine low self-esteem is nothing to trifle with.

Comments (starting with you, Trevor)?

Tom Peters posted this on May 17, 2005, in Brand You.
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