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ERIC Number: ED317902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Valuing the Self: Understanding the Nature of Self-Esteem.
Hales, Susan
The Saybrook Perspective, p3-17 Win 1990
The processes and components of self-esteem derive from the context or value system (culture) in which people live. A shift in the values of American society, especially within the last 50 years, has placed Americans in a no-win situation with respect to self-esteem. The everyday pressures of survival in a highly competitive and complex world that defines success and the "good life" in terms of the acquisition of material wealth causes Americans to neglect and, at times, violate an important dimension of self-definition: the moral dimension. Many Americans suffer from a prevailing sense of emptiness and chronic low self-esteem. Personal and social responsibility are two fundamental components of self-esteem. The degree to which individuals achieve that which is good for both others and themselves is, in large part, a function of the degree to which individuals take personal responsibility for their actions and exert personal control over their lives. The value system which now governs Americans' lives has come about as a function of the economic, political, and technological transformations of American culture. Americans need to re-establish the tradition of carrying on a public discourse about what constitutes the "good life" and the "good self." (ABL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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