Carol Craig, the head of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being, expands on her argument that the way we approach well-being in schools is adding to the trends which mean we’re raising a generation of narcissists:
What I’m really concerned about is the next great psychological idea in the offing – SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning). This is about emotional literacy and increasingly about happiness lessons. One of the strands of primary SEAL is even called ‘all about me’.
I’ve written two big papers outlining the shaky evidence base to much of this change and sounded various warnings which you can read. All I want to say here is that all this emphasis on feelings is, I believe, going to reinforce – not counteract – the narcissism of the age and is likely to undermine resilience further.
Go read the whole thing.