Anyone who grew up in California during the 90’s probably remembers the ‘self esteem movement’–the belief that positive affirmations can boost achievement–as everyone already suspected, is a farce.
‘It was quasi-religious’: the great self-esteem con
The self-esteem movement for years has been ridiculed in popular culture. Online, it’s nice to see so much backlash against the ‘self-esteem movement’, which as the article shows was ill-conceived and based on dubious research. The harsh inequalities of post-2008 economic reality has made made it clear that, no, not everyone is special. Quantifiable individual results matter, and some will excel more than others in this regard.