Epplin points out that this plot formula overlaps with the "cult of self-esteem," which promotes the idea that everybody is special and should feel good about themselves.
Maybe he's talking about a real bad thing, but the way he's describing it makes it seem like a good thing.
You'll find that people who have low self-esteem tend not to be able to make themselves better or make changes.
High self-esteem is almost always good.
Now, entitlement is bad.
But high self-esteem is very far from entitlement.