Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem

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Are you your own worst enemy? Are you devastated by criticism? Do you have trouble telling your loved ones what you really need? If you said yes, you're a victim of low self-esteem.

Learn to be your own best friend! This easy, step-by-step program can start changing that today! You can radically improve the way you feel about yourself and discover an attractive, confident, and happier you.

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Overview

Are you your own worst enemy? Are you devastated by criticism? Do you have trouble telling your loved ones what you really need? If you said yes, you're a victim of low self-esteem.

Learn to be your own best friend! This easy, step-by-step program can start changing that today! You can radically improve the way you feel about yourself and discover an attractive, confident, and happier you.

Self-Esteem is the ultimate self-help book--the only book that fully deals with the one most important element to building true happiness and success: positive self-esteem. It provides breakthrough insights and a wealth of simple, fun exercises that will radically improve the way readers feel about themselves.

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Phillip G. Zimbardo
A valuable storehouse of tactics and strategies for constructing (or renovating) the foundation of our self-esteem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879237452
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. the founder of a men's support group in northern California. He has authored and coauthored of eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and When Anger Hurts Your Kids.

Matthew McKay, PhD

is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. His books combined have sold more than 2.5 million copies. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Nature of Self-Esteem 1
Causes and Effects
How To Use This Book
For the Therapist
Chapter 2 The Pathological Critic 15
An Arsenal of Shoulds
The Origin of the Critic
Why You Listen to the Critic
The Role of Reinforcement
How the Critic Gets Reinforced
Catching Your Critic
Chapter 3 Disarming the Critic 33
Unmasking His Purpose
Talking Back
Making Your Critic Useless
Summary Chart
Chapter 4 Accurate Self-Assessment 45
Self-Concept Inventory
Listing Your Weaknesses
Listing Your Strengths
A New Self-Description
Celebrate Your Strengths
Chapter 5 Cognitive Distortions 61
The Distortions
Combating Distortions
Chapter 6 Compassion 89
Compassion Defined
Toward a Compassionate Mind
The Problem of Worth
Compassion for Others
Exercises
Chapter 7 The Shoulds 107
How Values Are Formed
The Tyranny of the Shoulds
Healthy Versus Unhealthy Values
How Shoulds Affect Your Self-Esteem
Discovering Your Shoulds
Challenging and Revising Your Shoulds
Cutting Off the Should
Atonement--When Shoulds Make Sense
Chapter 8 Handling Mistakes 133
Reframing Mistakes
The Problem of Awareness
Raising Your Mistake Consciousness
Chapter 9 Responding to Criticism 147
The Myth of Reality
Responding to Criticism
Putting It All Together
Chapter 10 Asking for What You Want 173
Your Legitimate Needs
Needs Versus Wants
Wants Inventory
Wants into Words
Whole Messages
Chapter 11 Goal Setting and Planning 187
What Do You Want?
Selecting Goals to Work On: The First Cut
Selecting Goals to Work On: The Evaluation
Making Your Goals Specific
Making a Commitment
Blocks to Achieving Goals
Chapter 12 Visualization 209
Why Visualization Works
Visualization Exercises
Rules for Creating Effective Self-Esteem Visualizations
Self-Esteem Sessions
Special Considerations
Chapter 13 Hypnosis for Self-Acceptance 231
Why Hypnosis?
What Is Hypnosis?
Elements of the Self-Esteem Induction
Recording Your Induction
The Self-Esteem Induction
Listening to Your Induction
Chapter 14 I'M Still Not OK 247
A Special Vulnerability
Protecting Against the Pain
Facing the Pain
The Option of Therapy
Chapter 15 Core Beliefs 265
Identifying Core Beliefs
New Core Beliefs
Chapter 16 Building Self-Esteem in Children 279
The Power of Parents
Parents as Mirrors
Look at Your Child
Listening
The Language of Self-Esteem
Discipline
Autonomy
Modeling Self-Esteem
Bibliography 315
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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    A Wonderful Look at the Inner Workings of Self Doubt

    I have read three books that have had a deep impact on my views of myself, the strength of my marriage, and the ways in which I keep my clinical depression in check. These books are: Love Is Never Enough, How to Fix Your Marriage Without Talking About it, and Self Esteem. Love is Never Enough deals with cognative therapy and how it can help you to understand where emotional situations come from that would ordinarilly be mundane. How to Fix Your Marriage deals with where the sub-conscious thoughts from which these origins of emotion come from. Self Esteme deals with the conscious level critic we all have to some degree and how that little voice in your head can cause you to see things in the exact wrong light. Self Esteme has been a transforming insight into silencing the critic and moving on with my life in a way that does not create drama where none existed. It has had an amazingly positive impact on my marriage and the overall level of joy I feel on a daily basis. Since reading this book and doing the excersizes within, I am a better person that I was. And it shows.

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    Contains Truth, but......

    Content -A+ Mechanics - C- Spelling errors, poor punctuation, poor syntax (no pun intended) make it difficult to read. Much seems as if one person dictated, but no one went back through to edit. I find it easier to take a "positon" paper seriously if it is well-written.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    I purchased this but unfortunately it can't be read on iPad or iPhone nook. Wonder if I can get money back.

    I purchased this but unfortunately it can't be read on iPad or iPhone nook. Wonder if I can get money back.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

    GREAT book for those of us who struggle with low self-esteem!

    I just checked this out from the library at my college and the introduction alone got me interested. At 19 y.o. (after years of being weighted down by lack of esteem and a sense of self-worth) I'm so excited to read this book, but I'm going to have to purchase it, seeing that it's due back in less than two weeks.

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