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B.A. (literature emphasis), Thomas Edison State College,; M.A. in English (rhetoric emphasis), National University,; Ph.D Candidate, Idaho State University,; Adjunct Faculty, BYU-Idaho
Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem
- Thu 11:40 AM
- Sat 11:40 AM
Teens: Not Problems to Be Solved; Rather Problem Solvers
- Thu 3:40 PM
Makers, Shakers, and Disrupters: The Impact of One Person
- Fri 3:40 PM
A recent definition of self is “Having its own or a single nature or character, as in color, composition, etc., without addition or change” (Wiktionary.com). One of the problems with pop-psych’s offerings for “self-esteem” is in the idea “without addition or change” which is contrary to the necessity of change that stems from life in a fallen world. Change i.e., repentance, is the key for esteem that is based in Christ and is the only genuine article. Otherwise, we are “driven with the wind and tossed” (KJV James 1:6), being riddled with a sense of fraudulence as we stand alone - exposed under a microscope, expecting to somehow be “good enough” as we are. This class is based on the text, "Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem" by Ester Rasband.
What did the world call teenagers before that term was invented in the 1940s? They called them people. This class is a hands-on, let’s roll up our sleeves and dig into the current shunning media trends that are further isolating and ostracizing our youth. As parents and family members, many of us have unknowingly bought into the erroneous myth that teens are problems to be solved – and therefore, we are unintentionally making this transitional time of life harder and missing the power of these Problem Solvers!
Futility is a frequent feeling in our world today; after all, how can one person make a dent in the universe? And yet, throughout history we see case after case where one individual has influenced and changed the world. This class unapologetically addresses the power within each of us to do likewise.