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New Harbinger Publications, Jan 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 316 pages
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Self-esteem is essential for our survival. Without some measure of self-worth, life can be enormously painful, with many basic needs going unmet.

One of the main factors differentiating humans from other animals is the awareness of self: the ability to form an identity and then attach a value to it. In other words, you have the capacity to define who you are and then decide if you like that identity or not. The problem of self-esteem is this human capacity for judgment. It's one thing to dislike certain colors, noises, shapes, or sensations. But when you reject parts of your self, you greatly damage the psycho logical structures that literally keep you alive. Judging and rejecting your self causes enormous pain.

Since its first publication in 1987, Self-Esteem has become the first choice of therapists and savvy readers looking for a comprehensive, self-care approach to improving self-image, increasing personal power, and defining core values. More than 600,000 copies of this book have helped literally millions of readers feel better about themselves, achieve greater success, and enjoy their lives to the fullest.

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Review: Self-Esteem: A proven program of cognitive techniques for assessing, improving and maintaining your self-esteem

User Review  - Pedro Brescia - Goodreads

Excellent exercises. Good insights. Read full review

Review: Self-Esteem: A proven program of cognitive techniques for assessing, improving and maintaining your self-esteem

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

There was some interesting and helpful information in here, especially the part about raising children with good self esteems. Overall though, I found the book boring. It took me almost a year to read ... Read full review

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Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, andACT on Life Not on Anger. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the Bay Area.
Patrick Fanningis a professional writer in the mental health field. He is author ofVisualization for Change and Lifetime Weight Controland coauthor of several self-help books, including Self-Esteem and50 Ways to Simplify Your Life.

Avigail Lev, PsyD, maintains a private practice in Berkeley, CA. She specializes in couples’ therapy and also treats individuals who struggle with interpersonal problems, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, and mood disorders. She has provided supervision, trainings, and workshops utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is the coauthor ofAcceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems.
Michelle Skeen, PsyD, is a therapist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She has provided brief and long-term therapy for individuals and couples utilizing schema, cognitive, and behavioral therapies to address interpersonal issues, weight management, anger, depression, anxiety, disabilities, and trauma. She is the author ofThe Critical Partner and coauthor ofAcceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems,and is currently working on her fourth book for New Harbinger Publications,Love Me Don't Leave Me, a self-help book that provides breakthrough, evidence-based solutions for women (and men) struggling with the fear of abandonment. Michelle hosts a weekly radio show calledRelationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen on KCAA-1050AM. To find out more about Michelle, visit her website

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