The Six Pillars of Self-esteem

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Bantam, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 341 pages
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Nearly twenty-five years ago Nathaniel Branden's book: The Psychology of Self-Esteem introduced a new and revolutionary concept of self-esteem. Since then he has done more than any other theorist to demonstrate the supreme importance of self-esteem to human well-being. Now he presents the culminating achievement of a lifetime of clinical practice and study. Immense in scope and vision, and filled with brilliant insights into human motivation and behavior, Branden's new book is already being hailed as the ultimate work on self-esteem. Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the judgment we pass on ourselves. Nearly every psychological problem - from anxiety and depression to self-sabotage at work or at school, from fear of intimacy to chronic hostility - is traceable to low self-esteem. In the chaotic and competitive world we face today, both personal happiness and economic survival rest on how well we understand self-esteem and nurture it in ourselves and in others. Part I of this provocative book demonstrates compellingly why self-esteem is basic to psychological health, achievement, and positive relationships. It issues a summons to the hero within each of us. Nothing is more challenging than to live by our own mind, judgment, and values. And nothing is ultimately more rewarding. Part II introduces the six pillars themselves: six action-based practices for daily living that provide the foundation for the establishment and maintenance of self-esteem. Filled with vivid personal examples, these chapters also provide simple yet powerful exercises for gradually increasing personal awareness and effectiveness. Part III explores the importance of self-esteem in five keyareas: the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and society at large. It provides concrete guidelines for teachers, parents, managers, and therapists who are responsible for developing the self-esteem of others. And it shows why a culture of self-esteem and personal a

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Branden, who has already explored issues of self-esteem in The Psychology of Self-Esteem , LJ 2/1/70, and How To Raise Your Self-Esteem, LJ 3/15/87, argues that acquiring high self-esteem is essential ... Read full review

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An extremely important book, and written brilliantly, with an integrity so rare to be seen; 5 stars doesn't do this book justice. I promise you if you read this book AND DO THE EXERCISES, you are not going to regret it.
Years of defences, years of pain, frustration, anxiety, depression, the unspoken everyday issues we have with dealing with others and being ourselves, these are the sorts of things this book addresses. Then, beyond that, it is about discovering what we can make of our lives we can stop living out of fear, when we can stop making avoiding pain our priority, and when we can start living with joy and confidence as our motor.
Find out what is within; who you really are deep down. Find out what you can make of your life if you can give yourself a proper go at it. Find the will to fight for your happiness, the kind of will that every child comes into this world with but slowly loses with all the human irrationality they are inevitably exposed to. Find out, if you're prepared to put the work in, and to learn and grow and change and face the sometimes terrifying facts of life, what real self-esteem is, and what it can do for your life.
"But I don't have time."
"But I don't have the energy."
"But the book is too thick."
"But the text is too small."
"But I have all these other books I need to read."
"But I'm too busy."
"But I don't have any problems with my self-esteem."
"But I'm already perfect."
Rubbish. Read it.

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About the author (1995)

Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. has done more than anyone to awaken America's consciousness to the importance of self-esteem. He has written many books on self-esteem including the bestsellers The Psychology of Self-Esteem, Honoring The Self, and How To Raise Your Self-Esteem. Dr. Branden is in private practice in Los Angeles where he offers self-esteem seminars and works as a consultant to businesses and other organizations.

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