Like I’ve always said, self-esteem without self respect is just another name for vanity.
In other word:
Those who cannot earn yer esteem will demand it!
Theodore Dalrymple is one of the best writers out there. He is English and also, I believe, a psychiatrist. He is frequently published in City Journal, a really good online magazine. This is a list of his articles there:
BTW I have no association with City Journal except as an appreciative reader. This is not an attempt to pimp a blog. :)