- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press; First edition (15 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844746208
- ISBN-13: 978-1844746200
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.7 x 14.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Big Ego Trip, The Paperback – 15 Feb 2013
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This is an important and timely book. It is so helpful to have attitudes to self-esteem traced historically and culturally and then critiqued from the viewpoint of the Christian gospel. For me, one of the most valuable benefits has been to see how a human-centred cultural trend has crept unnoticed into the church. This has been a salutary warning to me personally. The book deserves to be widely read both by thinking Christians and also by those outside the Christian church who want a fresh insight into the counter-cultural surprise of the gospel of grace. I commend it warmly. --Christopher Ash, Director of the Proclamation Trust's Cornhill Training Course
Glynn Harrison uses his vast experience in psychiatric practice and research to examine the cultural and psychological roots of the incredibly influential self esteem movement. He summarises, digests, and evaluates huge amounts of research and explains what he is doing with humour and many helpful examples, thus making complex ideas accessible to anyone. His conclusions are startling and have big consequences for education, psychology and counselling. This is a superb example of a sharp Christian mind at work helping us to evaluate the ways we have been seduced and brainwashed by our culture. --Richard Winter, Professor of Practical Theology and Counseling and Psychotherapist. Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, MO, USA
When I read the introduction to this book, I thought I might like it. I don't - I love it. It is high time that the urban myth of self-esteem was seriously questioned and intelligently trashed. This book does that and more. The reader gains a well-researched, thorough analysis of the history of the love-yourself ideology and of its impact on culture and (sadly) the church. But the second half of the book answers the questions raised by this malignant ideology both theologically and practically. Brilliant Biblical uncommon sense for parents, youth workers, teachers, pastors and students of psychology everywhere. --Ann Benton, psychology graduate, teacher, speaker and writer on family issues.
About the Author
Glynn Harrison was formerly Professor of Psychiatry in Bristol, where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist. He speaks widely on issues of faith and psychology, mental health and neuroscience. He is married to Louise. Visit glynnharrison.com
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I think one of God's gifts to the church are lay people who understand their specialist subject through a Spirit-led mindset. Personally I find it immensely encouraging to hear an expert in psychiatry (as is GH) talk through hot issues where he has clearly got a robust background understanding, but to reflect on those issues while standing on a biblical foundation. I knew there was something wrong with the 'I'm Special' message, but although I couldn't put my finger on it, GH has unpacked it perfectly well. Not only that, but his final chapters (10, 11, 12) gave me some juicy discipleship challenges - and that is excellent. So it isn't just an interesting book to read, but it is a valuable tool to address something we all struggle with.
First off, a small minority of people in the bookclub thought GH's initial chapters were a little glib and sweeping in their analysis of the history. What I personally thought was a sure-footed gallop through relevant background material, one or two others thought a little dismissive of the work of great minds. I guess if you appreciate Freud then it probably makes you wince when he's passed-over in a page and a half. To be fair to GH, he did warn that he had to be necessarily swift.
I enjoyed the first 9 chapters, though I'd have been happier to move faster through the summaries of historical research, social change and examples of mis-applied psychology. There are some great statistics (not too many though) and some memorable quotes. Haven't we all seen the fantastically air-brushed adverts with the slogan, 'Because you're worth it' and screamed in horror at what this insidious damage this can cause?
There are some catchy ideas - things like 'status anxiety', 'limited good' and 'globalising' were concepts that got us all in the bookclub nodding in agreement. And many clearly remembered the four illustrations from the life of John the Baptist. The general verdict was that the first part of the book was an interesting read, but the power was in the filnal chapters. The book has a big ending because its whole purpose is not to slander academics, nor even to describe a better way of thinking about self-worth, but to actually invite the reader's participation in the hard graft of discipleship. This is why I give 5 stars.
We were helped on our way because I took the liberty of emailing GH and asking for some bookclub discussion questions. He sent me a great summary so I hope he puts that on his webpage, so check that out at https://glynnharrison.wordpress.com.
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