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Dangers of Excessive Praise: Podcast 012

This podcast is the narrated version of my article Why Telling People How Wonderful They Are Isn’t Always A Good Idea.

The habit of praising people has got out of hand in recent decades and little attention has been paid to its unintended side-effects. There is a way to praise children that will encourage them and increase their self belief, and a way that is more likely to inhibit them and cause anxiety. The self esteem movement has not tended to distinguish between the two.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Praise and self esteem
  • The unintended consequences of excessive praise
  • The dangers of exceptionalism
  • Counterproductive results from poorly directed praise
  • How positive labels can do as much damage as negative ones
  • How to handle praise elegantly

Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:


  1. Can the promise of reward increase creativity? Eisenberger, Robert; Armeli, Stephen; Pretz, Jean. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 74(3), Mar 1998, 704-714.
  2. The Perils and Promises of Praise. Carol Dweck. Educational Leadership, October 2007 | Volume 65 | Number 2 Early Intervention at Every Age. Pages 34-39.

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Mark Tyrrell

About Mark Tyrrell

Psychology is my passion. I've been a psychotherapist trainer since 1998, specializing in brief, solution focused approaches. I now teach practitioners all over the world via our online courses.

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