The Myth of Self-esteem: How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever

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Prometheus Books, 2005 - Psychology - 344 pages
In this illuminating" "book, Ellis provides a lively and insightful explanation of the differences between self-esteem and self-acceptance. Emphasizing the importance of self-acceptance, he examines this theme in the thinking of great religious teachers, philosophers, and psychologists. He then provides exercises for training oneself to change self-defeating habits to the healthy, positive approach of self-acceptance. These include specific thinking techniques as well as emotive and behavioral exercises.
He concludes by stressing that unconditional self-acceptance is the basis for establishing healthy relationships with others, along with unconditional other-acceptance and a total philosophy of life anchored in unconditional life-acceptance.

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Acknowledgments
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Positive Regard
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of SelfEsteem or Conditional SelfAcceptance
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