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On today’s Creation Moments Minute, find out why high self-esteem may not be such a good thing.
Popular psychology has for years declared that troubled young people, especially those who become violent, suffer from low self‑esteem. But three studies in recent years came to the exact opposite conclusion. Young people who become violent have too much self‑esteem.
One study, for instance found that high self-esteem is prevalent among prisoners convicted of rape, murder, assault, armed robbery and similar crimes. Their self‑esteem was higher than the general population. The researchers involved in this study pointed out that the primary focus of prison rehabilitation is on building self‑esteem. This, they concluded, is definitely the wrong approach, since such people already have an inflated view of themselves.
The Bible warns against narcissism. Many of the problems in our society today are undoubtedly the result of this condition.
For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.