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Self Esteem vs. Narcissism

Self-esteem training has seeped into child-rearing strategies – children are told that they’re “unique” and “special” – and buried itself deep within self-help books and courses, therapies, corporate training sessions, and mainstream media: love yourself and the rest will follow. Advertisers bleat about the importance of satisfying every craving, desire and impulse, however pointless, extravagant or morally suspect (because you deserve it), while fame and fortune have become the end goal of life for vast numbers of the population.

“This self absorption defines the moral climate of our contemporary society,” writes historian Christopher Lasch in The Culture of Narcissism. “The conquest of nature and the search for new frontiers has given way to the search for self fulfillment.”

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