The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story addressing the “culture of praise” that is becoming characteristic of the next generation of American workers. The article reports that corporations including Land’s End and Bank of America are actually hiring consultants to teach managers how to compliment employees. While our culture attempts to pursue mental health and happiness as the highest goal, quite the opposite has unfolded. Here's an excerpt from one Christian writer's response to this phenomenon:
Not surprisingly, the “praise me” generation are not only, NOT happy; they are, in many cases, increasingly alienated from others, disconnected from any transcendent meaning or purpose, insecure, and overly dependent upon the approval of others. This generation suffers from the highest levels of depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and various other psychological pathologies, than any other generation in American history despite having been repeatedly told that they are the greatest!