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Happiness_FD[1] - Shivam Patel Essay 4 FD Self-Esteem and...

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Shivam Patel Patel 1 July 23, 2010 Essay 4 FD Self-Esteem and Happiness A majority of people in today’s society have a self-drive to obtain happiness at some point in their life. This ‘journey’ for the ‘pursuit of happiness’ is a lifelong goal that many people experience or may want to. However, this so-called ‘pursuit’ could only be obtained in one way: by boosting the self-esteem. High self-esteem is an essential ingredient to achieve success and happiness. Self-esteem is how we conceptualize ourselves; it reflects the confidence level of an individual. While it appears that the significance of a ‘confident’ self-esteem is somewhat understood, the unrequited question has always been about how to improve, or enhance, an individuals’ self-esteem. Jean Twenge, author of “An Army of One”, believes that people have been subjected to self-esteem boosts all their lives. In her essay, Twenge describes our education system and how it’s bribing our children because, instead of teaching and grading to the fullest educational extent, teachers are basing their classes off boosting their students’ self-esteem. As a result of these self-esteem boosts, individuals in Generation Me, as Twenge describes it, ultimately take it upon themselves to express to themselves how ‘special’ they are even if they didn’t accomplish anything. This, in turn, leads to happiness. Another author, Daniel Gilbert, author of “Immune to Reality”, believes that, not only does our own self-esteem influence our happiness, but also our own ‘psychological immune system’. Gilbert insinuates that our own brains are biologically designed to boost our feeling of happiness. Gilbert proclaims that our ‘psychological immune system’ is the primary component in our pursuit of happiness; while Twenge insinuates that our society, or Generation Me, solely aids us in our pursuit of happiness.
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Patel 2 Jean Twenge, in her essay “An Army of One”, implies that our pursuit of happiness is solely reachable by learned behaviors from our society. Twenge, in her essay, supposes that we
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