When Feeling Good Isn’t Good Enough

Thursday's Editorial - October 6, 2011


1.  Define self-esteem and self-control.

2.  What is the main idea of Roy Baumeister's commentary?

3.  What benefits do children/adults gain when they have self-control?

4.  List at least two ways high self-esteem winds up having a negative effect on a person.

5.  Mr. Baumeister says: "self-control is good for the person who has it, for the people around him or her and, in fact, for society as a whole."  Do you agree with this assertion?  Explain your answer.

6.  Ask a parent to read this commentary, then discuss your answers.