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Australian Parliament apologized to Aborigines

Broome Aboriginal AustraliansPrior to the opening to the 2008 session the Australian parliament apologized to the Aborigines for past assimilation policies. “We apologize for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.”

“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry,” it says. “And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted upon a proud people and proud culture, we say sorry.” 

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Self-esteem and group pressure

Group pressure is something each of us experience at least once in our life.

The time in life when group pressure is most significant is during our teenage years.

Succumbing to group pressure is a negative expression of wanting to be accepted by a group.  This is a very social and natural drive in us.

How can we handle group pressure without losing our unique identity?

The answer is obvious: with a healthy self-esteem we can experience our desire to be accepted by a group without giving up our self-confidence.  A high self-esteem carries high self-confidence.  This confidence tells us that we’re accepted by others by being ourselves.

The better we know and acknowledge ourselves the better we can deal with group pressure and keep ourselves out of its possible negative effects.

It’s obvious how you can encourage a teenager who is still searching for their identity.  Give them esteem without condition.