Can over-praising your child
lead to narcissism?
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Dr. Jennifer Van Reet is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Providence College.
Boston Globe - Psychologists have long warned parents to deliver praise with caution. The right words can build children’s confidence and self-worth, while the wrong words — even when well intentioned — may do harm.
The latest support for this comes from research published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found that children whose parents “overvalue” them — believing, for instance, they are extra special and deserving of special treatment — later score high in narcissism.
Dr. Jennifer Van Reet is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Providence and says there's a fine line between a child's self esteem and making him or her feel special.
Meet Our Expert:
Dr. Jennifer Van Reet,
associate professor of psychology;
Teaching at PC since 2008
Cognitive Development in Childhood
Development of Executive Function
Development of Pretend Play, Imagination, and Creativity Importance of Play
Development of Social Cognition
Selected Courses Taught:
Experimental Child Psychology
The Psychology of Adolescence
Advanced Cognitive Development