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ERIC Number: ED439353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Self-Esteem or Self-Delusion?
Hwang, Philip O.
This paper states that programs to raise self esteem have not proved effective, and an increase in self esteem has not been shown to improve academic achievement. It suggests that the answer lies in promoting the notion of "other-esteem," which is the respect, acceptance, caring, valuing, promotion, and forgiving of others without reservation. It discusses how people can move from being self-centered to thinking of others. The challenges to this are: (1) learning to accept the basic principle that the self alone is insufficient and incomplete; (2) re-examining and challenging our present prevailing attitudes, values, and beliefs; (3) listening to and learning from people of different perspectives; (4) understanding and believing that our own self-esteem is enhanced by the efforts and successes of any group or unit we belong to; and (5) sharing ourselves with others. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Caring in an Age of Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (6th, Beijing, China, May 29-30, 1997); see CG 029 879.