Quotation by Kenneth Keniston

The myth of the self-sufficient individual and of the self-sufficient, protected, and protective family ... tells us that those who need help are ultimately inadequate. And it tells us that for a family to need help—or at least to admit it publicly—is to confess failure. Similarly, to give help, however generously, is to acknowledge the inadequacy of the recipients and indirectly to condemn them, to stigmatize them, and even to weaken what impulse they have toward self-sufficiency.
Kenneth Keniston (20th century), U.S. professor, human development. All Our Children, ch. 1, The Carnegie Council on Children (1977).
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