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March 30, 2010


Theodore Dalrymple and self-esteem (via Quotulatiousness).

That self-esteemists mostly know that they are about as sincere as Marie Antoinette playing shepherdess is illustrated by the following: When patients pretended to confide in me that they were suffering from low self-esteem, I used to reply that at least, then, they had got one thing right: they had valued themselves at their true worth. (Of course, I used care when addressing the patients: those with higher education were less able to bear the exposure of their deception by means of irony, because their education had equipped them with stronger and more sophisticated powers of rationalization.)

Patients, students, take your pick: Your feelings about your mark are a matter of perfect indifference to me. I would, however, be happy to explain how you earned it (as I may have said recently).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 30, 2010 08:47 AM