Self-Esteem Can Be an Ego Trap: Scientific American


Having high self-esteem has a few modest benefits, but it can produce problems and is mostly irrelevant for success.The pursuit of self-esteem through a focus on greatness makes us emotionally vulnerable to life’s disappointments—and can even lower our chances of success.Compassion, along with a less self-centered perspective, can motivate us to achieve while helping us weather bad news, learn from our mistakes and fortify our friendships.