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Christina Hoff Sommers -- I'm Okay, You're Okay

I'm Okay, You're Okay

Christina Hoff Sommers

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Save yourself some money. Don't hire grief counselors, healers or traumatologists.

Myth: Healthy self-esteem is indispensable to a good life.

Reality: Self-esteem is an ill-defined notion. No one knows how to measure it; no one knows whether it can be learned or taught. The connection between self-esteem, good character traits and life success is unclear...

Myth: Post-traumatic stress disorder is a typical reaction to disaster.

Reality: A harrowing, life-threatening event in your workplace or community will produce painful memories, anxiety or fearfulness. This is not a disorder, it is normal. While some people may require professional attention, most are able to manage on their own. Moreover, it appears that for many, the most salient and enduring effect of a life-shattering experience is not mental illness, but increased personal strength.

Myth: Immense segments of the American population are plagued by depression, anxiety and despair.

Reality: A small percentage of the population suffer from mental disorders, but the vast majority are fine and--dare one say it--not unhappy. Last fall the Gallup Poll released results of its annual mental health survey. Eighty-eight percent of Americans describe their own emotional well-being as excellent or good...

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Posted: 03-Apr-05



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