Problem Management — principles

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
— Jane Haddam

All I know is that no one is better than anyone else, and everyone is the best at everything.
— Principal Skinner (Simpsons - Girls Just Want To Have Sums)

Lisa Simpson: I mean, confidence building can't replace real learning.
Principal Malanie Upfoot: Uh-oh, Lisa, it sounds like you're trying to derail our self-esteem engine.
— Simpsons - Girls Just Want To Have Sums

I was wrong! And by being corrected, I learned! And no one cared about my feelings!
— Lisa Simpson (Simpsons - Girls Just Want To Have Sums)

In Europe, in the late 1700s, people felt that someone raised in a state of nature would be inherently innocent and ethical. My own feeling is the opposite, that humans in a state of nature would behave like animals and that all we can rely on to keep us from the dark side is civilization. Freud wrote about this in an essay called Civilization and Its Discontents. The problem is that civilization has its good and bad sides and it's sometimes difficult to distinguish them. On a small scale, a family is a civilization. To the degree that the parents teach their children ethical behavior, to that degree the children learn order and discipline. But if the children are allowed to run free and have only peer activity to imitate, they'll revert to their animal instincts. For me, in a debate between nature and nurture, nurture is the most important factor.
— David Morrell — Writers Write: The Interview: A Conversation With David Morrell by Claire E. White

Education and self-esteem.

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