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More Than Words: What do Self-esteem and Self Efficacy Even Mean?

Lauren Boe

Most of us began learning about self-esteem as far back as we can remember. Parents, teachers, and coaches all had something to say about believing in yourself. Now as an adult, after hearing, “It’s really important to have high self-esteem” enough times, you might find yourself uttering a silent inner groan, “Oh great, more about self-esteem.”

Despite how frequently the term is tossed around, you might not realize how relevant this concept is to you. You probably know that self-esteem has to do with your self-image, but there are many factors that impact how you see yourself. Maybe you make a nice living, but you don’t really value the work you do or feel that it serves an important purpose. Maybe you have a large group of friends but don’t feel truly connected to any of them.

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The Significance of Teamwork

Super Star

I have been humbled with yet another wonderful opportunity to speak with hundreds of students at a school in beautiful Upstate NY and confirmation of more presentations scheduled with students, community forums and professional organizations in the next few months -- New York, Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are part of my travels.

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THREE JEWELS OF RECOVERY

Brock Travis, PhD

Such a long list of stars who’ve died early because of alcoholism and addiction! People who seem to have everything. People with success and romance beyond normal measure. People with priceless connections and opportunities. People who can go to rehabs that start at $1000 dollars a day. People who use alcohol and drugs in such

a way that they die long before their lives are through. Are we missing something here?

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Masters in our Midst

Alan Cohen

As commuters hustled through the Washington, D.C. metro station on a cold winter morning, a musician stood next to a wall playing his violin, the case at his feet open for tips. He played six Bach pieces for 43 minutes. A few people stopped and listened for a moment, then hurried on their way. Some threw some change or a dollar into the violin case. The musician’s most attentive audience was a three-year-old boy holding his mother's hand. He wanted to stay and listen, but his mother tugged him along. Finally the violinist retrieved $32 from the case, put his instrument away, and disappeared into the crowd. No one applauded or thanked him.

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