Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem

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Finally, a book that fully reveals the devastating inner experience of low self-esteem and explains how LSE negatively controls the thinking, feelings, and behavior of those who suffer from it. Readers say they are astonished at how closely this book mirrors their lives, and that years of therapy did not explain what they read in this book. (A companion workbook available 08/2002)
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Finally, a book that fully reveals the devastating inner experience of low self-esteem and explains how LSE negatively controls the thinking, feelings, and behavior of those who suffer from it. Readers say they are astonished at how closely this book mirrors their lives, and that years of therapy did not explain what they read in this book. (A companion workbook available 08/2002)
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Alabama Counseling Association
Marilyn J. Sorensen, Ph.D. is the author of Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem, a helpful guide that is receiving much acclaim. This book presented in 10 clear and practical chapters, fully illuminates the actual experience of low self-esteem. . .This fascinating, upbeat book contains new insights and direction for those desiring to recover from negative patterns. . .Sorensen is profound and succinct when she states in her book, 'A child's view of herself begins to form as soon as the child is born. Based on the things she is told, the specific situations she experiences , and how she is treated, a picture of her self evolves. If she is praised and encouraged, she likely begins to develop healthy self-esteem; if, however, she is constantly criticized, ridiculed, or told she can't do things right, she begins to question her competency and adequacy.
ŠAlthough the book is written for lay people who suffer from LSE, it could also be a helpful guide for therapists who want to learn about the subject and how it effects their clients. Using uncomplicated language, Sorensen describes the symptoms associated with low self-esteem, such as negative self-talk, fear of inadequacy, unhealthy relationships, and negative reactions to situations that can trigger it. Each chapter describes a different component of the problem and methods for treating it.
Whether the reader is seeking help or simply gathering information, Breaking the Chain Low Self-Esteem is a revealing and helpful book.
Michaels Blend Magazine
. .This is a book who's essence should be taught in every grammar school. We need to empower ourselves and each other. Our internal beliefs can be altered and we need to become aware of that. Then we can begin to build a foundation of self-worth. This is the best handbook to aid in the architecture of self-esteem
Midwest Book Review
Highly Recommended!
News Herald
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK. This is an excellent book for anger management and low self-esteem. After reading this book, people will know it is possible to recover from low self-esteem
Sage Woman Magazine
First time author, Dr. Marilyn J. Sorensen has come up with a winner in Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem. Not your usual self-help book, this fascinating and powerful edition clarifies how people who suffer from low self-esteem (LSE) think and feel, and why they behave as they do. Sorensen explains how people with LSE carry in their heads a 'videotape,' produced in childhood-based on the way they were treated and the feedback they received. She explains that people replay this 'videotape,' when trying to make decisions in their lives, experience repeated episodes of fear and anxiety from this review, and often end up making poor choices.
Elegantly written and full of moving examples . . . This is definitely the best book ever written on self-esteem geared for the general public. Sorensen's deep understanding and reassuring tone impart hope and encouragement."
Statesman Journal
Sorensen leads the reader through a complex subject with admirable ease and restraint. She promises no miracle cures. . . Her open, clear approach and plain language cut to the heart of things.. . This is a wise and valuable volume.
Todays Librarian
An excellent addition to an adult self-help collection, the book aids in overcoming anxiety, guilt and pain. Beginning with a self-esteem questionnaire, the book offers mechanisms and behavior modification for those seeking to rebuild their lives. . . .Sorensen offers no quick fixes, but provides tips and motivation to get the reader on the way to healthier living.
Unlike many of the self-help authors of the nineties, Marilyn J. Sorensen is very clear about her objectives. She states clearly what she believes must be done to establish a healthier relationship with ourselves, and offers clear examples as to why and how our relationship with ourselves can sometimes become distorted.
White Mountain Independent
. . .If you are among those people who have read self-help books, examined dysfunctional family or codependency and still feel that 'no one has fully addressed your problems' or 'discovered the core of your conflicts,' then this is a must-read book for you. Sr. Sorensen is confident that LSE can be successfully treated, but cautions that there is no quick fix.
This upbeat book, filled with clinical results, is truly written for the general public to understand. It consists of a variety of true-to-life scenes which enable the reader to identify with how LSE is formed and perpetuated. There are questionnaires, exercises to do, comparisons between healthy self-esteem and low self-esteem, and recovery directives. If you read it thoughtfully and do alL the work in the exercises, you will have a greater chance to find the freedom and clarity you need to live a happier life.
Womens Journal
It is cear that Sorensen has carefully considerred the problems associated with low self-esteem and has helped many people struggling with them. Her experience, wisdom and encouraging tone make Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem a valuable tool.
Youth Today
Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem by Marilyn J. Sorensen, Ph.D. challenges the formation of a person's negative view of oneself and then builds skills to empower the individual. Isolation, validation, and the inner voice are issues that are taken apart logically and fearlessly with the author's simple guidance. . .The author admits that what is required is a desire to change and a longing and willingness to put focused energy into recovering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966431506
  • Publisher: Wolf Publishing Company OH
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Language: Japanese
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    From a Therapist's and Client's Point of View

    I am a mental health counselor at a maximum security prison for women. I came across Dr. Sorenson's book through an inmate. The book had been passed around to many women and my client was eagerly devouring it. She says: 'Breaking the Chain of LSE has helped me in so many differnt ways. It has taught me how LSE was formed from a young age, that it is not easy to overcome unless you really want it and want to work hard for it. This book has shown me that it will take some time but it is possible. Now I know why I have hidden behind my weight problem for so many years, why I have relationships which only end in failure, why I continue to make the bad choices that I have made. This book has helped me in so many ways. If you want to overcome LSE, this is the book for you. I want to thank Dr. Sorenson for writing a book that helps so many people.' Anonymous Inmate Of course, I then read the book, too, with a critical eye and was so impressed with the ease with which it is written, non-intimidating, with compassion, inspiring hope and motivation for change. I now use the book and it's companion workbook with many of my clients. They love the concrete work and the insight it gives them. They always bring their homework back! Thank you, Dr. Sorenson, for this wonderful book. PS. I learned some things about myself, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004


    Highly recommended! Explores all dimensions of low-esteem. The book has great exercises at the end of each chapter for the reader to apply the lessons learned. This book helps the reader to recognize, confront, and defeat behaviors stemming from low self-esteem. If you want to combat LSE, this is the book to get!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Excellent Information for Making Change

    I purchased the audio version and am very satisfied. The information presented enables one to recognize the causes and behaviors associated with LSE, and provides useful information for correcting it. This book/audio derives it's strength from a straight fowarad exploration of human psychology, rather than self-help or new age fluff. After many years of trying to resolve my issues through various means, I have at long last discovered that LSE is the key component driving my less-desirable and self-limiting conduct. Anyone who feels a need for self improvement at any level would be well served to explore this important issue, and this is a very fine resource for doing so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2001


    This is a truly amazing book and the best I've ever read on the subject of low self-esteem. Dr. Sorensen explains the inner experience of low self-esteem in a way I've never before heard and for the first time has helped me fully understand this pervasive problem called low self-esteem. Dr. Sorensen truly has a way with words and her compassionate explanations clearly spell out the process of low self-esteem and the way in which LSE ultimately leads people to sabotage their lives without being aware they are doing so. She has great exercises at the end of chapters and I found her sections that compare those with healthy self-esteem to those with low self-esteem to be especially interesting and helpful. THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ, whether for themselves or to better understand family and friends that suffer from LSE. IT'S HARD TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN UNTIL YOU'VE READ IT COVER TO COVER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    Awesome Understanding of Low Self-Esteem

    If you only read one book on low self-esteem make sure it's this one! The complete understanding on the subject of low self-esteem contained in this book is unreal. Having been in therapy for almost 3 months because of the pain of living life with extremely low self-esteem ... the knowledge i've gained from this book would have taken years of therapy to learn from within myself. When i began to read it ... by page 60 i could not believe how precise Dr. Sorensen's description of how life is and what happens to those suffering with low self-esteem. I found the books coverage of self defeating behavior and sabotaging relationships to be extremely helpful. With this book i gain a complete understanding of low self-esteem which is crucial because in order to make the major changes i need to make in life i have to clearly understand what is wrong and what needs changed. Thanks to Dr. Sorensen i now know exactly what needs changed and how to end the pain .... I also know exactly where to concentrate my therapists attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem

    This is a wonderful book! I am a psychologist and use this book regularly with clients. The feedback I get from them is, 'I feel like she wrote this book about me,' or 'This is like reading a biograpy of my life'. People who read this book seem to have a new lease on life--many have seen several therapists in the past but have never been directed in how to understand their low self-esteem issues or on how to work on these problems. They feel Dr. Sorensen's attitude in writing this book has motivated them more than anything they've ever read. Personally, I found the book extremely informative, well-written, easy to understand, empathic, and inspiring--like a fresh breath of air. In addition, I have personally had contact with Dr. Sorensen and found her to be as personable and sincere as is her book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    This Explains Everthing !!!!

    I was given the book 'Breaking the Chains of Low Self-Esteem' by a very close friend, several months ago. I have never read anything that defined so clearly what is going on in my life. I thank God for Dr. Sorensen's insight into this wide reaching problem. I have recommended this book to my therapist in hopes that he will be able to help me solve this life controlling situation. I was especially fascinated by the information on 'triggers'. If you are depressed, can not seem to figure out what is going on in your life, have low self-esteem, or have tried everything else; this book is a must read. I found Dr. Sorensen to be especially warm and helpful, she is someone who truly understands my plight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    Many exercises and examples

    The book was very helpful. The examples helped me recognize problems that I did not know I was having. The exercises showed me the way to stop the problems from starting. This book seems to be focused more from a womens standpoint but is very helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000


    My life has changed since completing this book. I now know how and when my low self-esteem developed. I learned to recognize the destructive behaviors I was displaying and how to change those behaviors. This is a wonderful tool for anyone who may have low self-esteem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem

    'To understand how your self-esteem issues work and how to strengthen them is one of the most meaningful tasks in life. This book provides much, much more than Chicken Soup for the Soul. This book has soul itself.I predict it will become the bible of self-esteem books.'

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