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Since the 1960s, many prominent psychologists and educators have been urging us to boost children's self-esteem. In contrast, all of the world's great religious traditions teach us that pride leads to sin and that humility is a virtue. Whom should we believe? In this engaging book, Laurie Endicott Thomas argues that Aristotle got it right. Your self-esteem should be accura Since the 1960s, many prominent psychologists and educators have been urging us to boost children's self-esteem. In contrast, all of the world's great religious traditions teach us that pride leads to sin and that humility is a virtue. Whom should we believe? In this engaging book, Laurie Endicott Thomas argues that Aristotle got it right. Your self-esteem should be accurate. Thomas draws on ancient philosophy and modern psychiatry to explain what narcissism is. A narcissist is someone who is trying to occupy a higher social rank than he or she can successfully defend. When other people do not defer to the narcissist, the narcissist feels insulted (narcissistic injury). The narcissist may then throw tantrums (narcissistic rage) in order to bully other people into submission. Because of their poor interpersonal skills, narcissists do not understand the irony of their predicament. They want more than anything to be respected. Yet their childish behavior causes them to lose social standing. In this book, Laurie Endicott Thomas gives clear and useful explanations of what mental illness is, and what a personality disorder is. She even outlines a therapeutic approach that might actually work against narcissism: a classical education, along with training in interpersonal skills. This kind of training would be valuable for anyone, whether they need to overcome their own narcissism, deal with the narcissists in their lives, or become a champion for justice.


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Since the 1960s, many prominent psychologists and educators have been urging us to boost children's self-esteem. In contrast, all of the world's great religious traditions teach us that pride leads to sin and that humility is a virtue. Whom should we believe? In this engaging book, Laurie Endicott Thomas argues that Aristotle got it right. Your self-esteem should be accura Since the 1960s, many prominent psychologists and educators have been urging us to boost children's self-esteem. In contrast, all of the world's great religious traditions teach us that pride leads to sin and that humility is a virtue. Whom should we believe? In this engaging book, Laurie Endicott Thomas argues that Aristotle got it right. Your self-esteem should be accurate. Thomas draws on ancient philosophy and modern psychiatry to explain what narcissism is. A narcissist is someone who is trying to occupy a higher social rank than he or she can successfully defend. When other people do not defer to the narcissist, the narcissist feels insulted (narcissistic injury). The narcissist may then throw tantrums (narcissistic rage) in order to bully other people into submission. Because of their poor interpersonal skills, narcissists do not understand the irony of their predicament. They want more than anything to be respected. Yet their childish behavior causes them to lose social standing. In this book, Laurie Endicott Thomas gives clear and useful explanations of what mental illness is, and what a personality disorder is. She even outlines a therapeutic approach that might actually work against narcissism: a classical education, along with training in interpersonal skills. This kind of training would be valuable for anyone, whether they need to overcome their own narcissism, deal with the narcissists in their lives, or become a champion for justice.

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