A Woman's Self-Esteem: Struggles and Triumphs in the Search for Identity


"In a time when women are faced with many outside demands?career, family, community?this book will give them the tools and inspiration needed to remain grounded. A must read!"
?Barbara McFarland, psychologist and author of My Mother Was Right

Based on the intimate stories of women who have struggled with issues of self-esteem, this invaluable book offers step-by-step guidance for women who want to transform themselves and create lives that are ...

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"In a time when women are faced with many outside demands—career, family, community—this book will give them the tools and inspiration needed to remain grounded. A must read!"
Barbara McFarland, psychologist and author of My Mother Was Right

Based on the intimate stories of women who have struggled with issues of self-esteem, this invaluable book offers step-by-step guidance for women who want to transform themselves and create lives that are powerful, energized, and motivated.

A Woman's Self-Esteem is also a guide for helping women learn the impact they can make on their own lives and how their positive actions will result in a stronger sense of competence and self-worth. A pioneer in the field of self-esteem, psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden explains that the foundation of a healthy self-esteem rests on six key practices or virtues—living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, purposeful living, and personal integrity—and reveals how women can cultivate these essential virtues to reach their full potential. The author's inspiring, real-life vignettes show how women have come to terms with these complex issues by breaking away from self-sabotaging patterns and taking the necessary steps to create more satisfying lives.

In A Woman's Self-Esteem, Branden debunks common myths and reminds us that self-esteem is not a gift given to us by others. Branden offers a revealing examination of the special issues that women grapple with including romantic love, jealousy, fear of selfishness, expressing anger, defensiveness, and success anxiety. Filled with creative exercises, A Woman's Self Esteem was developed to enhance personal development and fortify self-esteem.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Branden is well established as the foremost expert on self-esteem, with 30 years as a psychotherapist and several books to his credit, including The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. In this brief collection of essays on self-esteem issues particularly pertinent to women, he again displays his unusual understanding of the depth and breadth of this "basic psychological need." Refuting criticism and dispelling misconceptions, he clearly explains how and why "of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves." Branden organizes his thoughts by the "key virtues or practices on which healthy self-esteem depends"--namely, "living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, purposeful living, and personal integrity." Recognizing the potent social pressures on women to suppress anger, sublimate ambitions, "disown their strengths" and "feel especially vulnerable to charges of `selfishness,'" he repeatedly refers to the "courage" required to develop and maintain healthy high self-esteem. Branden gently teaches women to set appropriate boundaries, express anger, cope with anxiety and "take their ideas seriously." Using his trademark sentence-completion exercises, he helps readers clarify the changes they need to make within themselves in order to improve their lives. (Oct.)
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"In a time when women are faced with many outside demands--career, family, community--this book will give them the tools and inspiration needed to remain grounded. A must-read!" --Barbara McFarland, psychologist and author of My Mother Was Right
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118594551
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 723,464
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

NATHANIEL BRANDEN is a pioneer in the field of self-esteem. A practicing clinician in Los Angeles, he is also a international corporate consultant who teaches the application of self-esteem principles and technology to the challenges of modern business organizations. Branden is the author of many widely acclaimed books including The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Taking Responsibility, The Art of Living Consciously, and Self-Esteem at Work.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Basic Steps.

1. The Importance of Self Esteem.

2. Living Consciously.

3. Self-Acceptance.

4. Embracing our Strengths.

5. Self-Responsibility.

6. Self-Assertiveness.

7. Living Purposefully.

8. Integrity.

Part Two: Special Issues.

9. Romantic Love.

10. Fear of Selfishness.

11. Jealousy.

12. Expressing Anger.

13. Defensiveness.

14. Success Anxiety.

Part Three: Empowering Strategies.

15. Trying Something Different.

16. Knowing our Boundaries.

17. Building a Career.

18. Experimenting in Intimacy.

19. Choosing Happiness.

Appendix: Was Ayn Rand a Feminist?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    Self-Esteem & Specific Issues for Women

    Look. I purchased this book mostly because I wanted to see why a book on self esteem for women written by Nathaniel Branden would differ from his other books on the topic. I own several of his other books on the topic and highly recommend them. There are issues in this which really hit home with me. Things that *guys* and *men* might not understand about women's behavior. Much of the material really is available in the other volumes of material and are delved into much more deeply in 'The Six Pillars of Self Esteem' and 'The Art of Living Consciously'. This book, on the other hand, deals a little more lightly with some of the topics, however, it really hits spots that many women, like myself, deal with or deal unto ourselves. In fact, I recommend this book first to many women who are interested in self esteem because it really does deal with some issues unique to women's psychology and/or socialization. It's a great book to start with or to continue learning about your self esteem. Be aware that Dr. Branden CLEARLY explains what terminology means so that you, the reader, are not left to your own devices to either figure out what he's getting at or to find a dictionary to look up unfamiliar terms. This is another reason why his work is worth reading -- he actually explains the perspective. This book is not full of psychobabble or mumbo jumbo. Dr. Branden is vey clear in his explanations. He has even included some exercises for the reader to use to help improve self esteem. Sentence completion exercises might seem kind of stupid to you, but do try them out. I have found them surprisingly enlightening. You'd be amazed how quickly you get to the heart of the matter. This book will not replace counseling, if that is what you do need. It will, however, give you an opportunity to learn more about yourself if you take the time to do it. It's a slim volume and it is packed with information. You may surprised how much you learn about yourself just by paying attention. Don't think this book will be a difficult read either. Dr. Branden knows how to distill down what he wants you to know and understand in terms that are familiar. Overall, it is an excellent first step into the topic. Don't dismiss it because it's 'for women'. While I am a woman, I often raise an eyebrow and wonder just why a book should be written for 'me' (as in 'woman'). After working so many years in counseling women, Dr. Branden has learned that many women sabotage themselves and some of those methods are unique to women.

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