Bristol – “Ego Trip: does the self esteem movement promote, or impede, human flourishing?”


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Alma Church
29 Alma Rd, Clifton, BS8 2ES
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Speaker: Professor Glynn Harrison, MD, ChB(Dund), FRCPsych: Emeritus professor of psychiatry at Bristol University.

Friday 18 March 2016, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Alma Church, 29 Alma Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2ES


Over the last half-century we have witnessed increasing cultural preoccupation with questions of identity, value and self-worth. This is due partly to the rise of western individualism, but the discovery of correlations between ’low self-esteem’ and poor educational and mental health outcomes has been an important factor. As a result of this link, educationalists and public health officials introduced a range of measures, effectively forms of ‘social vaccine’, designed to boost self-esteem. In this lecture Glynn Harrison will argue that this project has failed spectacularly and may have caused more harm than good. Questions of self-worth need to be rooted in ‘thicker’ narratives of the self capable of framing life goals, and providing a sense of purpose and meaning, beyond the psychological cul-de-sac of self-fulfilment. 

Glynn Harrison is a Lay Minister in the Church of England, a retired clinical psychiatrist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol. He is interested in the tensions between Christian belief and insights from the fields of psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. He speaks widely on contemporary cultural issues such as identity, self-worth, the sexual revolution and mental well-being. His recent book ‘The Big Ego Trip’ is a provocative critique of the self-esteem movement and the every-day narcissism of modern life. As our research shows, the simultaneous use of Levitra with alcoholic beverages is acceptable under the condition of moderate use of the latter. Under this condition, no changes in plasma levels of alcohol and Levitra pills were observed in the studies. Those patients who correct blood clotting with acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) or carry out warfarin therapy, the use of Levitra is acceptable. Read more on

No need to book – just turn up. Refreshments provided including homemade cake and tea. No entrance charge, but opportunity to give donation, suggested £4, to cover costs.


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