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

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

by Nathaniel Branden
     
 

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Self-esteem is the disposition to experience ourselves as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as being worthy of happiness.

In A Woman's Self-Esteem, psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden shares personal stories and intimate accounts of how women struggling with issues of self-esteem have transformed themselves and created lives that

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Self-esteem is the disposition to experience ourselves as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as being worthy of happiness.

In A Woman's Self-Esteem, psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden shares personal stories and intimate accounts of how women struggling with issues of self-esteem have transformed themselves and created 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. Branden, the author of the acclaimed book The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, 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. To support women in this quest, the book is filled with creative exercises developed to enhance personal development and fortify self-esteem. The book also contains the provocative essay Was Ayn Rand a Feminist? which relates issues of self-esteem to contemporary feminism.

In addition to the inspirational personal stories, A Women's Self-Esteem is filled with effective strategies that can help solve common and frustrating problems ranging from convincing family members to help with the housework to short-circuiting a lover’s sarcastic remarks. This book also offers practical tactics for resolving more complex issues such as how to overcome self-doubt or reveal our vulnerabilities to those closest to us.

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 such as romantic love, jealousy, fear of selfishness, expressing anger, defensiveness, and success anxiety. 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.

A Guide for Learning the Positive Steps to Building a Stronger Sense of Self
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.

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.)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118594551
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
176
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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