Sunday, April 22, 2007
I'm So Special
Friday's WSJ had an article about the current generation of teens now reaching adulthood who have been ego-stroked their entire lives--the youth soccer league in which everyone gets a trophy, the school in which failing is re-defined as "deferred success." The upshot: today's young adults feel insecure if they're not praised regularly.
When I was in high school, an unpopular girl got drunk at a party and spit-sprayed at me, "Everyone thinks you're so COOL, but you're just a LOSER!"
And I thought, "So...everyone but you thinks I'm cool. Sweet."
The key to happiness is the ability to find praise in any form you can get it.