Self-Esteem

June 13, 2017

“The problem with self-esteem - whether it is high or low - is that every single day we put ourselves on trial.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

 

"High self-esteem is often thought to lead to high performance and success. Don’t focus on your human weaknesses, I am told; focus on your “awesomeness.” But such a focus actually leads to fear; to a quiet terror of making mistakes, as I defensively assert my “awesomeness” to protect it." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

 

“Among the contributors to self-worship is a form of idolatry associated with self-esteem. It is easy to fall into, since our society has placed a great deal of emphasis on the need for self-esteem. The modern religion of psychoanalysis has promoted self-esteem as though it were the modern equivalent of enlightenment. The priests of this modern, humanistic religion have made millions selling self-esteem, resulting in a society given over almost entirely to image.” (Abbot Tryphon)

 

“Self-esteem displaces the role of humility—so valued a hallmark for a well-adjusted, good person—and pride enters the heart. This demon of pride can be driven away only by intense prayer and by not doing or saying anything that contributes to a sense of self-importance.” (Abbot Tryphon)

 

 “No amount of self-esteem education will free us from our deepest fears. Only the esteem that flows from Love Himself will ever set us truly free to be who we really are. That is where our best and most purposeful work needs to be and where we will discover our true uniqueness.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

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