‘It was quasi-religious’: the great self-esteem conAnd here’s a more technical article from New York:
In the 1980s, Californian politician John Vasconcellos set up a task force to promote high self-esteem as the answer to all social ills. But was his science based on a lie?
Saturday 3 June 2017 06.00 EDT
… Vasco was livid. The media, he complained, were “terrible, cynical, sceptical and cheap”. Their problem? “Low self-esteem.”
Meanwhile, something remarkable seemed to be happening. The response from the people of California had been great. Between its announcement and the task force’s first public meeting in March 1987, the office received more than 2,000 calls and letters, and almost 400 applications to volunteer. More than 300 people came forward to speak in support of self-esteem at public hearings across the state.
How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America[Comment at Unz.com]
And why the hype was irresistible.
By Jesse Singal
May 30, 2017 8:00 am