Would you say you are a talented, invaluable member of your firm? Do you think you should be paid lots, even if, as it happens, others aren't? Did your parents affirm you strongly and often? Teachers too? If so, you may be suffering from what one educational expert says is the new epidemic of self esteemia. Not to be confused with self esteem (which means you know your worth compared to others), this new disorder means you have so much self worth that you're bordering on delusional. In fact, you are so convinced you are gifted that anyone who disagrees with you must have jealousy issues. The answer is to screen for sensitive, insecure, pencil-chewing types (preferably who can't look you in the eye). By the time they find their inner self esteemia, you will have retired.
- Helen Kirwan-Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org