Self-Esteem: Balance Between Individual and Community

Woods, Carol S.
April 1999
Montessori Life;Spring99, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p38
Academic Journal
The article focuses on self-esteem. David Elkind states that parents believe that self-esteem is the necessary ingredient for both academic success and the ability to cope with life's challenges. However, educator Lilian Katz declares that most people are confusing self-esteem with narcissism. She observes that self-esteem and self-congratulation are overemphasized in classrooms. The author declares that self-esteem is important but it is one of many vital elements in human development, which can be developed from personal accomplishments and through cooperation and positive interactions. She added that it depends not only on self-respect but also on mutual respect.


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