Self-Esteem Research, Theory, and Practice: Toward a Positive Psychology of Self-Esteem, Third Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, May 9, 2006 - Psychology - 316 pages
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Dr. Mruk has produced a highly readable new edition of his original work on an often misunderstood psychological construct--self-esteem. Mruk's view that self-esteem is a critically important influence on psychological adjustment and quality of life is now an accepted tenet in personality theory. Lack of self-esteem is frequently a precursor to depression, suicidal behavior, and other personality disorders. Nonetheless, the clinical diagnosis of self-esteem problems has lacked the basis of an overarching theory. Dr. Mruk's comprehensive analysis distills the literature on self-esteem into practical and reliable treatment methods for both clinicians and researchers. The new edition contains updated research and current terms, and addresses the self-esteem "backlash." He concludes with worksheets and detailed guidelines for conducting self-esteem building workshops.

Added features include:
  • Major theories of self-esteem
  • Chapter on the new positive psychology
  • 150 new references

Dr. Mruk has developed a writing style that is successfully oriented toward both academic and clinical audiences in the areas of counseling, education, nursing, psychology, and social work, thus providing much-needed information for teachers, students, and practicing clinicians in a clear, concise way.


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A good book about self esteem, academic and good for clinical psychologists. very comprehensive. I used it for my research of self esteem and employee motivation.


Chapter 1 The Crucial Issue of Defining SelfEsteem
Chapter 2 SelfEsteem Research Problems and Issues
Chapter 3 Major SelfEsteem Research Findings
Chapter 4 Major SelfEsteem Theories and Programs
Chapter 5 A MeaningBased TwoFactor Theory of SelfEsteem
Chapter 6 A TwoFactor SelfEsteem Enhancement Program
Chapter 7 SelfEsteem and Positive Psychology
SelfEsteem Enhancement 5Week Program

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About the author (2006)

Chris Mruk, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, Firelands College, Ohio.

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