Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-05-01
  • Publisher: Bantam

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Nathaniel Branden's book is the culmination of a lifetime of clinical practice and study, already hailed in its hardcover edition as a classic and the most significant work on the topic. Immense in scope and vision and filled with insight into human motivation and behavior,The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteemis essential reading for anyone with a personal or professional interest in self-esteem. The book demonstrates compellingly why self-esteem is basic to psychological health, achievement, personal happiness, and positive relationships. Branden introduces the six pillars-six action-based practices for daily living that provide the foundation for self-esteem-and explores the central importance of self-esteem in five areas: the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and the culture at large. The work provides concrete guidelines for teachers, parents, managers, and therapists who are responsible for developing the self-esteem of others. And it shows why-in today's chaotic and competitive world-self-esteem is fundamental to our personal and professional power.

Author Biography

Nathaniel Branden was a Canadian-American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem.

Table of Contents

Self-Esteem: Basic Principles
Self-Esteem: The Immune System of Consciousnessp. 3
The Meaning of Self-Esteemp. 26
The Face of Self-Esteemp. 43
The Illusion of Self-Esteemp. 49
Internal Sources of Self-Esteem
The Focus on Actionp. 59
The Practice of Living Consciouslyp. 67
The Practice of Self-Acceptancep. 90
The Practice of Self-Responsibilityp. 105
The Practice of Self-Assertivenessp. 117
The Practice of Living Purposefullyp. 129
The Practice of Personal Integrityp. 143
The Philosophy of Self-Esteemp. 160
External Influences: Self and Others
Nurturing a Child's Self-Esteemp. 171
Self-Esteem in the Schoolsp. 202
Self-Esteem and Workp. 231
Self-Esteem and Psychotherapyp. 260
Self-Esteem and Culturep. 281
Conclusion: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteemp. 306
Appendix A: Critique of Other Definitions of Self-Esteemp. 309
Appendix B: A Sentence-Completion Exercise for Building Self-Esteemp. 313
Appendix C: Recommendations for Further Studyp. 323
Referencesp. 327
Acknowledgmentsp. 331
Indexp. 333
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