And what do 15,000 studies show? High self-esteem doesn’t improve grades, reduce anti-social behaviour, deter alcohol drinking or do much of anything good for kids. In fact, telling kids how smart they are can be counterproductive. Many children who are convinced that they are little geniuses tend not to put much effort into their work. Others are troubled by the anxiety of adults who feel it necessary to praise them constantly.
The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working. - Einstein