Myth of Self-Esteem: Finding Happiness and Solving Problems in America

Myth of Self-Esteem: Finding Happiness and Solving Problems in America

by John P. Hewitt

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312175566
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Series: Contemporary Social Issues Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 171
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix(2)
Preface xi(4)
About the Author xv
1 The Conventional Wisdom of Self-Esteem
1(26)
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Selves
5(1)
Self-Esteem and Personal Salvation
6(2)
It's What You Tell Yourself That Counts
8(3)
Social Psychologists Say
11(2)
Feeling Great and Making Money
13(2)
Helping Children Feel Great about Themselves
15(2)
Self-Esteem the Old-Fashioned Way
17(2)
The Nature of Myths
19(8)
2 Creating the Language of Self
27(22)
The Vocabulary of Selfhood
27(4)
Individual and Self in American Culture
31(3)
Social Science and the Language of Self
34(8)
Actualizing the Self and Thinking Positively
42(4)
From Wholesale to Retail
46(3)
3 Conceptual Entrepreneurs
49(24)
A Cornucopia of Self-Esteem
53(5)
California Esteemin'
58(3)
Feminism Discovers Self-Esteem
61(3)
Overcoming the Pathological Critic
64(3)
Raising "Self-Esteeming" Kids
67(2)
Teaching Self-Esteem
69(4)
4 Self-Esteem Goes to School
73(26)
The Educational Theory of Self-Esteem
73(5)
The Teaching of Self-Esteem
78(4)
Realizing Individualism
82(4)
Motives and Motivations
86(4)
Hope and the Illusion of Action
90(3)
Avoiding Inequality
93(3)
Stretching Meanings
96(3)
5 A Word for All Seasons
99(24)
One Word, Many Meanings
99(4)
Culture and Discourse
103(2)
Society and the Individual
105(6)
Pursuing Happiness and Success
111(4)
Against Self-Esteem
115(5)
What Is Self-Esteem, Really?
120(3)
6 The Reality of Self-Esteem
123(22)
Is Self-Esteem Universal?
123(3)
Self-Esteem as an Emotion
126(3)
Self-Esteem and the Culture of Individualism
129(2)
Has the Self Declined or Disappeared?
131(2)
Public and Private Meanings
133(4)
Self-Esteem and the Medicalization of the Self
137(8)
Further Reading 145(4)
Index 149

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