Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. Many popular health and wellness figures like Dr. Oz and Oprah promote the value of having and raising self-esteem.
The scientific literature says otherwise. Comprehensive research by Roy Baumeister and his colleagues at Florida State University (https://www.fsu.edu/profiles/baumeister/) shows there is no evidence of positive outcomes after nearly two decades of teachers, parents and therapists focusing their efforts on boosting child self-esteem through school programs or therapeutic interventions. Baumeister says, “It’s become obvious that there is little in the new findings that the potentates of the self-esteem movement can use to bolster their claims.” Some studies even show a connection between high self-esteem and bullying behavior, narcissism and inability to tolerate failure and criticism.