The Self-Esteem Trap

Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance
By Polly Young-Eisendrath PhD (Trade Paperback, 2009)


Kids today are depressed and anxious. They also feel entitled to every advantage and unwilling to make the leap into adulthood. As Polly Young-Eisendrath makes clear in this brilliant account of where a generation has gone astray, parents trying to make their children feel special are unwittingly interfering with their kids' ability to accept themselves and cope with life. Clarifying an enormous cultural change, THE SELFESTEEM TRAP shows why so many young people have trouble with empathy and compassion, struggle with moral values, and are stymied in the face of adversity. Young-Eisendrath off ers prescriptive advice on how adults can help kids-through the teen and young adult years-develop self-worth, setting them on the right track to productive, balanced, and happy lives.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316013123

    • On Sale Date: 09/02/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Kids today are depressed and anxious. They also feel entitled to every advantage and unwilling to make the leap into adulthood. As Polly Young-Eisendrath makes clear in this brilliant account of where a generation has gone astray, parents trying to make their children feel special are unwittingly interfering with their kids' ability to accept themselves and cope with life. Clarifying an enormous cultural change, THE SELFESTEEM TRAP shows why so many young people have trouble with empathy and compassion, struggle with moral values, and are stymied in the face of adversity. Young-Eisendrath off ers prescriptive advice on how adults can help kids-through the teen and young adult years-develop self-worth, setting them on the right track to productive, balanced, and happy lives.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist, is the author of 13 books (translated into 20 languages), including The Resilient Spirit and Women and Desire. She lives in Burlington, VT.
  • "Young-Eisendrath's advice is practical and easy to implement...A wise book."--The Boston Globe

    "Well written, accessible, soundly researched, and beautifully insightful...recommended."--Library Journal

  • "A groundbreaking look at how kids develop a sense of self, and a reassuring guide to help parents on the journey."
    (author of The Wonder of Boys and Nurture the Nature).

  • "Wise and packed with insight...If you've wondered how to cut through our culture's obsession with perfect children, this is the book for you."-Jean Twenge, Ph.D., author of Generation Me

    "Incisive, persuasive, practical, and wise...An immensely valuable, reliable, and engaging book."-Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

    "A brave book!...Provocative."-Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., author of Schopenhauer's Porcupines

  • "Not since Alice Miller's Drama of the Gifted Child has such empathic insight been shared about children, young adults, parents, and their struggles."-Sharon Lamb, Ed.D., coauthor of Packaging Girlhood 

    "A truly helpful book on wise parenting."-Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

  • (Library Journal).

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The Self-Esteem Trap
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
  • Pages: 256
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316013123
  • On Sale Date: 09/02/2009
The Self-Esteem Trap