Distinctions between Self-Esteem and Narcissism: Implications for Practice 
by Lilian G. Katz
Catalog #212; October 1993


Self-Esteem as a Goal of Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Practices: Narcissism versus Self-Esteem
  • Materials for Teachers

Distinctions between Self-Esteem and Narcissism

  • Self-Esteem
    • Definitions
    • Developmental Considerations
    • The Cyclic Nature of Self-Esteem
    • Criteria of Self-Esteem
    • Situational Determinants of Self-Esteem
    • Cultural Variations
  • Narcissism

Appropriate Practices

  • Optimum Self-Esteem
  • Esteem for Children
  • Praise and Appreciation
  • Children's Own Criteria of Competence
  • Coping with Reverses
  • Worthwhile Activities

Uses and Misuses of Enchantment



This publication was prepared with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.