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October 19, 1989
Schmoker's misunderstanding of self-esteem reflects the same substandard performance about which he complains. Schmoker has confused self-esteem with other-esteem. Our self-esteem emanates from our heart and impacts upon our mind and soul, thereby reflecting the miraculous reality of our being. The clearer the reflection the better we feel. Our other-esteem forms from that which is outside of us and reflects our relationship with other concepts, things and people. Ideally the two are compatible.
June 13, 2012
John Vasconcellos could be forgiven for having a migraine right now. As a longtime California legislator, he was the driving force behind the state's Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. That group's 1989 report helped persuade schools nationwide to nurture their students' self-esteem as a way of eliminating social problems and academic failure. Yet for the last few days, the loud accolades have gone to a Massachusetts English teacher whose speech to graduating high school students dumped on all that carefully cultivated self-worth.
May 21, 1989
Although I feel strongly about a number of issues, I have never been incensed enough to write a letter to the editor until I read in the newspaper that welfare recipients, in order to eliminate embarrassment at the checkstand and, thereby, boost their self-esteem, will begin to receive cash vouchers instead of food stamps. What is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors thinking? I agree that low self-esteem is a serious problem and contributes to delinquency, the dropout rate, drug and alcohol abuse, murder and rape.
March 6, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Sima enters the small storefront in Kamathipura, Mumbai's red-light district, and hands over some money she had hidden in her bra, then adjusts her fake Prada T-shirt. It was a national holiday the day before and business was good, so she's deposited two days of earnings, about $66. Along the wall, other women sit on cheap plastic chairs, chatting, in a bank with an unusual mandate: It serves only prostitutes. "My dream is to save a lot, go back to my village, build a house," says Sima, 25. "Well, maybe someday.
August 31, 2005 | Deborah Netburn, Special to The Times
We'll call this one Cupid because, with his golden curls and wide-eyed cherubic face, it seems like a decent handle. He's 26, fresh out of the military and, despite his Abercrombie good looks, he tends to panic when he talks to girls. "I'm totally an introvert," he says early on a Friday evening. But now it's into the wee hours of Saturday morning and he's at the Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip.
January 25, 2004
So we have yet another wrongheaded lamentation about how the public hates the news media, which, in turn, hate themselves ("Trashing the Media," Jan. 11). I wish I had a dollar for every one of these breast-beating stories I have read in recent years, to say nothing of the dozens of conferences I have attended at which editors, publishers and reporters have uttered the equivalent of, "Oh, my God, they don't like us. What can we do about it?" Instead of these mea-culpa outbursts, why don't the media defend themselves as the fairest, most professional and freest in the world?
January 29, 2005
Re "The Lowdown on High Self-Esteem," Commentary, Jan. 25: Roy F. Baumeister acknowledges that persons with high self-esteem are generally happier, are more resilient, show greater initiative and are more independent thinkers. That sounds pretty good to me. In spite of these accolades, he proclaims that we should "forget about self-esteem" and focus instead on self-control and self-discipline (as if we couldn't focus on more than one thing and these attributes were exclusive of one another)
April 24, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, Patrice Apodaca covers economic issues for The Times
Not all self-esteem is created equal. That's what two UC Irvine psychologists believe they've discovered. In a new study, they found that high self-esteem helps white men in the job market but is not an advantage for blacks and benefits women only slightly.
December 29, 1994
I am writing in response to Kristina Sauerwein's article in today's paper, "The Spoils of Self-Esteem" (Dec. 14). To equate "self-esteem" with "self-centeredness" is to miss the point. People who have a deep sense of self-worth are able to appreciate the points of view of others, to have compassion and to function as caring members of societies. What was left out of the article is that raising a child with a high sense of self-esteem requires that the child experience adversity.
December 21, 2004
Re "An Incredible Self-Delusion," editorial, Dec. 17: The national campaign to instill self-esteem in children was a stupid idea to begin with. Children build their own self-esteem by doing well at school and in developing relationships with other children and adults in social settings. Encouragement from family members, teachers and friends is an important part in developing self-respect, but it sure isn't something that ought to be pushed at the expense of math or the study of languages and the sciences.
April 11, 2011 | Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was my freshman year of college, and my expectations were being met — college was turning out to be the best time of my life — until I developed psoriasis. For spring break, I went to New Orleans to help rebuild homes, but when I returned, I had an itchy rash on my chest and neck. I didn't think much about it, figuring that maybe I'd picked up something in Louisiana. I tried over-the-counter cortisone cream for the itching, but practically overnight the rash grew and covered most of my chest, neck and jaw. Campus health services diagnosed the rash as psoriasis — and my life would change forever.
December 29, 2010
The picture says it all. Taken by Times photographer Rick Loomis, it neatly sums up the dysfunction of California's prison system. In the photograph, two mentally ill inmates in the Vacaville prison sit in metal cages the size of phone booths for what is supposed to be a group therapy session; a psychologist, seated several feet away and wearing a sport coat over body armor, plays an acoustic guitar and attempts to build trust by leading them in a...
November 7, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Until two weeks ago, Lindsay Higgins was sleeping on friends' sofas and park benches. But on Sunday evening, the 25-year-old former soldier donned a swirling black and cream evening gown and sashayed down the runway at an improvised fashion show in Los Alamitos celebrating women's military service. "I felt like I could be a model," she said, beaming. The event held at the California Wok restaurant was organized by GI Hope and Amvets, which advocate for veterans and help them locate services such as transitional housing, career advice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
August 31, 2010
Show of hands -- who loves schadenfreude? People over 50 seem to, according to a new study that shows older people prefer reading negative news over positive news about younger people. The study of German volunteers included 178 people ages 18 to 30 and 98 people ages 50 to 65. They browsed articles in what they were told was an experimental version of a new online magazine. The random mix of fake stories focused on one person who was older or younger, and there were two versions of each story -- one positive and one negative.
August 18, 2010 | By Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Times
"The kids are amazed by the squirrels and horses; it's like they've never seen a squirrel before," says Emily Cheng, the youth and teen director at the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA . "And they take pictures of just trees! Without a single person in the picture!" Cheng is talking about Camp Whittle, one of the 25 locations of the Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA. This 125-acre site in the San Bernardino Forest is the perfect setting for youngsters to escape the city while taking part in outdoor activities that build relationships, confidence and self-esteem.
June 23, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
Eleven years and 39 Grand Slam endeavors ago, a 16-year-old turned up at the Australian Open with a ranking of No. 53, beat No. 9 Irina Spirlea in the first round and said, among other things, "I have never feared anyone." Eleven years and 39 Grand Slam endeavors later, a 27-year-old turned up at Wimbledon with a ranking of No. 2, improved to 39-0 in Grand Slam first rounds, and then Serena Williams discussed, of all things, vulnerabilities.
September 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Democrats are calling on a Republican congressman from Georgia to apologize for referring to Barack and Michelle Obama as "uppity," but the lawmaker stood by his comments and said he meant no offense. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, Ga., described the Obamas as members of an "elitist-class . . . that thinks that they're uppity," according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. Asked to clarify whether he intended to use the word, he said, "Yeah, uppity."
July 4, 2008 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Stepping to the front of the makeshift stage, she rolled up her essay on "What Independence Means to Me" into a tight cylinder in her hands. "I'm not going to read my essay," Darlene Escalante said, her eyes watery, her voice a husky whisper. An audience of more than 70 women waited at the second annual Miss Independence Day Pageant at Walden House, a residential treatment center for women halfway between prison and the daunting rest of their lives.
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