EP 176: Why You Hate Psychology – Self Esteem Movement and Positive Thinking


PositiveThinking Why do so many people have strongly negative feelings about the field of psychology? I think there are a handful of reasons and in this episode I talk about two of them: the so-called “self-esteem movement” and the “positive thinking” movement. Are psychologists responsible for why “kids today” appear to be so self-centered? Do psychologists think that changing yourself is as simple as just changing the way you think? Hear one psychologists opinion on this and my explanation on two reasons why I think maybe you hate psychology. Just hear me out.
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Episode 104: Can Positive Affirmations Improve Your Self Esteem?

Can positive affirmations help raise your self esteem? People use daily affirmations and money affirmations to help them feel more confident, build their self esteem and bring positive events into their lives. But do they really work? If not, then what will? We explore these questions in this episode of The Psych Files.


We propose that, contrary to popular belief, positive self-affirmations can be useless for some people, even though they may benefit others. They may even backfire, making some people feel worse rather than better. – Wood, et. al, 2009

Affirmations and Self Esteem


Episode 9: How Do You Really Raise Self-Esteem? The Incredibles vs. American Idol

How do you really raise self esteem? This week we take a look at all the talk about young people, narcissism and the self esteem movement. Then we answer the question: how do you raise self esteem?

Show Notes

Quick Summary of major points:

How self esteem grows:

  1. Doing well (achieving your goals), on
  2. Tasks that you value (are important to you)

How to give effective praise:

  1. Be sincere
  2. Don’t praise too frequently
  3. Be specific – help your child learn what strategies lead to success
  4. Be careful about attributing success to “smarts” – that can backfire. Try to focus on the effort that went into success

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