Women and Self-Esteem: Understand and Imorpving the Way We Think and Feel About Ourselves

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Many women feel the distressing effects of low self-esteem. They worry that they are inadequate or worthless; feel insecure about their looks and dissatisfied about their bodies; doubt that they are lovable; secretly believe that they don't deserve success and happiness; harbor fears that they are not bright enough, not talented enough, just not good enough.

This compassionate, ground-breaking book examines how women's harmful attitudes about themselves are shaped. It offers ...

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Overview

Many women feel the distressing effects of low self-esteem. They worry that they are inadequate or worthless; feel insecure about their looks and dissatisfied about their bodies; doubt that they are lovable; secretly believe that they don't deserve success and happiness; harbor fears that they are not bright enough, not talented enough, just not good enough.

This compassionate, ground-breaking book examines how women's harmful attitudes about themselves are shaped. It offers concrete help-sometimes in the form of step-by-step exercises-to resolve the dilemma women face by building higher self-esteem. For every woman who has ever wanted to like herself more, Women and Self-Esteem is a truly invaluable and effective guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140082258
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/1984
  • Series: Penguin Nonfiction Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface: About This Book xiii
Part 1 Making the Connections
1 Making the Connections, Defining the Terms 3
2 Women and Self-Esteem: Six Common Problems 12
Part 2 Close to Home, Close to the Heart: Intimate Relationships and the Shaping of Self-Attitudes
1 Introduction 27
2 Different Families, Different Fates 28
3 The Early Years: Essentials of Self-Esteem 38
4 The Power of Words 57
5 The Power of Role Models: Like Parent, Like Child 65
6 The Legacies of Troubled Families 83
7 Moving On from Our Childhood Families 95
8 Friends, Lovers and Spouses: The Power of Chosen Intimates 105
9 Daughters and Motherhood 130
Part 3 Far from Home, Far from at Home: Women's Experiences in the Wider World
1 Introduction 153
2 Religions as Institutions, Spirituality as Experience 160
3 If Only We Had Learned Differently: The Impact of Formal Schooling 177
4 Gaining Power in Some Areas, Losing It in Others: The Impact of Government 197
5 Never Done: Women's Work Experiences 207
6 Women in a World of Mirrors and Images: The Impact of the Technology of Imagery 227
7 The Not So Helpful Helping Professions 244
8 Where It's Hardest to Feel at Home: Women's Experiences in Public 264
Part 4 The High Costs of Low Self-Esteem
1 Introduction 283
2 Can't Get This Out of My Mind: Black Clouds 285
3 Can't Get This Out of My Mind: Critical Tapes 294
4 Can't Get This Out of My Mind: Chronic Comparisons to Others 300
5 Can't Get This Out of My Mind: Expectations of Perfection 307
6 Can't Get This Out of My Mind: Expectations of Doom 315
7 Can't Get This Out of My Mind: Inability To Accept a Compliment 322
8 This Will Make Me Worthy and Whole: The Search for Completion Through Romance, Motherhood and Work 328
9 From Not Feeling Good About Ourselves to Not Feeling at All: Emotional Expression versus Depression 353
10 If It Weren't for My Body, I Might Be Okay: Self-Esteem and Body Image 369
11 Why Is Pleasure So Much Work?: Sexuality and Self-Esteem 386
12 I'd Rather Be Right than Happy: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies 407
13 Distract Me from My Dreaded Self: I'd Rather Hate You than Me 415
Epilogue: Self-Esteem and Social Responsibility 422
Notes 427
Index 447
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