Thursday, June 03, 2010

Book Review: Hide or Seek

Dobson, James. Hide or Seek: How to Build Self-Esteem in Your Child. Revised ed. Old Tappan, NJ; Fleming H. Revell Co., 1979.

I'd read a good deal of criticism of this book, arguing that Dr. Dobson had failed to make the distinction between self-esteem and self-respect.

That may be true. However, his solution is beyond complaint. Dobson suggests that, in order to compensate for a paucity of self-esteem, you develop self-respect. You develop self-respect through achievement. You may not be beautiful, rich, athletic, or intelligent, but you can take what you have and make it better.

It's a good book, probably worth the read, (Dobson does go quickly). If that's too much for you, I can sum up the book in one sentence: "You compensate for a lack of self-esteem by focusing on achievement, not inheritance."



Blogger Prof. Roger Kovaciny said...

The problem with today's self-esteem movement is that they haven't read Dobson's book. The worldly education system teaches children UNDESERVED self-esteem. And guess whose self-esteem rates highest of all in surveys? Delinquents, criminals, and prisoners. Oh, yes, and Islamists, especially those of the terrorist persuasion. And then there was a certain presidential candidate, asked if he ever had any doubts about himself, who said "Never." Tell it to Louisiana.

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