The self-esteem conundrum: those who need it, don’t have it; and those who have it, don’t need it (or do they?)

Not a day in my practice goes by where parents do not raise their concern about their child’s poor self-esteem, a mother complains of her feelings of worthlessness, or a top-student or highly successful businessman confesses his or her insecurities. What is self-esteem? Why is self-esteem so elusive? Do we even need self-esteem? Can we improve it? […]