2.16.2005

Yuppie Parents Fail .

Yuppie Parents Fail: From USA today artcle.

�Roy Baumeister, a psychology professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, says he had "high hopes" for the benefits of boosting self-esteem when he began studying it more than 30 years ago. But his lengthy review of 18,000 articles, published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, ended with the realization that only two clear benefits emerge from high self-esteem: enhanced initiative, which boosts confidence, and increased happiness.

"There is not nearly as much benefit as we hoped," he says. "It's been one of the biggest disappointments of my career."

Is this just another hole in the belt of the conservatives or am I paranoid.

Yes, let us totally disregard the benefits of being happy and having an enhanced initiative.

"To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self-esteem." Our life needs to be about self-expression, not self-justification. If your goal is to prove you are "enough," the battle is already lost: it was lost on the day you conceded the issue was debatable. Nathaniel Branden

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