Self-Esteem | South China Morning Post
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The rise of mediocre tyrants

Everyone knows the type: passive-aggressive, conniving, petty. Impotent kings of their own little fiefdoms, whether they're immigration officers determined to make your life miserable, security guards on a power trip or sadistic low-level supervisors.

Sunday, 9 October, 2011, 12:00am

Bringing out the best in students

Wong Ping-kin is a social worker at the Society of Boys' Centres Chak Yan Centre School. He has more than 20 years' experience in the field. Wong says students nowadays live in a very different society.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


Low self-esteem can ruin your life

Many students have low self-esteem. This can affect their studies as well as their daily lives.

Self-esteem is very important to everybody. Some students lack the confidence to play an active role in question-and-answer sessions in class.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Celebrate who you are

It has been said that true beauty lies within. Unfortunately, in today's shallow world, it is hard to imagine people still believe that maxim.

You will never find an ugly model advertising a product.

16 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Q & A

My son is the youngest in his Primary Three class and is really struggling with his school work. He has lots of friends in class but is getting less keen on going to school. I strongly feel he should be moved down a year. I have discussed my worries with his teacher and she agrees he's finding the work difficult. But she told me that children have to remain in their own year.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Need a makeover?

Sonia Samtani, Image Consultant

Young Post: How did you become an image consultant?

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The vanity trap

Hong Kong is a particularly judgmental city where you can never be too thin or too rich,' says Lindsey McAlister, founder and artistic director of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation which uses art experiences to build the creativity, self-expression and self-esteem of more than 800,000 young people each year.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Speak out, speak smart

Search 'self-esteem' online and you'll soon see that it's a big topic. There are countless sites dedicated to the lack of it, the benefits of it, and how to build it.

Generally, experts say that parents and carers have a role to play in developing healthy self-esteem in children and that the way they speak, praise, encourage and criticise is crucial to this.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Go on, smile

SO, WE'RE NOT a happy lot then. We're not desperately unhappy, but we're definitely not ecstatic. That's according to a survey of 178 countries by a British think-tank published earlier this month. On a scale of world happiness, Hong Kong came in at 88th.

29 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Editor's note

All parents want their children to be smart, but did you know you can enhance their mental development by nurturing their self-esteem? This issue's cover story also explores why too much pressure on pre-schoolers can lead to trouble, and how mind-mapping encourages creativity and learning. The substances we use to oil the machine for healthy growth are just as critical.

23 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Long and short of it

Even American songwriter Randy Newman could not have predicted the rumpus he stirred up with his satirical 1970s hit Short People. To this day, it is illegal in the state of Maryland for radio stations to air the song, which includes such lyrics as 'Short people got no reason to live'.

4 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Give me five



Both can be used to describe a large number

Example: Dozens of villagers were moved to a new housing estate.

to keep an eye on


to watch carefully

Example: I'm going to the washroom, so please keep an eye on my handbag.

to chip in

(phrasal verb)

9 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Advertisers accused of exploiting the poorly educated

A study finds the industry targets those with low self-esteem because they are swayed more easily

The advertising industry stands accused of exploiting consumers who have low education, poor incomes and a lack of self-confidence.

20 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Stop the stigma of ranking

As a native English-speaking teacher (NET) working at one of Hong Kong's public high schools, I am disturbed by the practice of ranking students.

This policy of socio-academic casting of students concerns me greatly because it is the norm rather than the exception and I have seen its damaging effects first-hand.

4 May 2002 - 12:00am

Company believes programmes must be done at arm's length

I refer to the letter from Paul Carter headlined, 'Seeking statistics from tobacco firm' (South China Morning Post, November 28).

Mr Carter requested information relating to British American Tobacco's efforts 'to educate young people not to smoke'.

29 Dec 2000 - 12:00am