The Hollowness of American Self-Esteem

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We are, as a culture, too preoccupied with the concept of self-esteem. Keep in mind that classically American self-esteem is attached to fake-it-till-you-make-it positive thinking. And while it’s certainly ideal to feel that oneself is resilient and competent, at its core, the modern conception of self-esteem plays out as a whole lot of talk to oneself and not a great deal of listening.