Overpraising could turn kids into narcissistic bullies5/30/2012
The "everyone gets a trophy" style of child-rearing may be in for a reality check. Researchers now say overpraising children may turn them into bullies with "inflated views of themselves" and an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. "The over-focus on self-esteem over the last 30 years has produced perhaps more young people who are low in empathy and high in narcissism," Helen McGrath, a psychology professor at RMIT University in Australia, says. As a result, according to McGrath, kids today "believe the view that basically they are special and unique and can do anything." Wait, does this mean we're not all special and unique and can do anything? Mom?
Do you think too much praise is detrimental to kids?