How Losing Helps You Win | Samantha Boardman MD

January 14, 2015 8:01 PM

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The misguided self-esteem movement began with the best intentions. In the 1990s, a group of California-based psychologists recognized a link between self-esteem and successful students. They erroneously came to the conclusion that high self-esteem led to success. The self-esteem movement was born and transformed the way adults interact with children.

To increase self-esteem, teachers and parents were told to praise whatever students did and to make excuses for failure. Competition and ranking were eliminated from classrooms and everyone on the sports field received a trophy. All they had to do was show up. The goal was to make children feel good...

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