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The Myth of Self-Esteem: Finding Happiness and Solving Problems in America
In an effort to describe and interpret America's contemporary fascination with self-esteem, sociologist John P. Hewitt claims that self-esteem is actually a cultural myth that decorates the bare facts of human psychology with the legitimacy of science. Hewitt's volatile text is essential reading for anyone interest in contemporary American society and psychology.
Paperback, 153 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Worth Publishers
(first published November 1st 1997)
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Chapters 1-5 basically provide an overview of what our society believes about self-esteem, of the various myths people hold, and how these myths have been promoted in education, among feminists, and in the field of parenting, for instance. Finally, in Chapter 6, he gets around to examining “the reality of self-esteem,” but even here he refuses to take a solid position either in favor of promoting self-esteem or not promoting it. All and all, it appears to be a rather boring contribution to the w ...more