The Six Pillars of Self Esteem

The Six Pillars of Self Esteem

by Nathaniel Branden


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The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

Nathaniel Branden's book is the culmination of a lifetime of clinical practice and study, already hailed in its hardcover edition as a classic and the most significant work on the topic.  Immense in scope and vision and filled with insight into human motivation and behavior, The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem is essential reading for anyone with a personal or professional interest in self-esteem. The book demonstrates compellingly why self-esteem is basic to psychological health, achievement, personal happiness, and positive relationships.  Branden introduces the six pillars-six action-based practices for daily living that provide the foundation for self-esteem-and explores the central importance of self-esteem in five areas: the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and the culture at large.  The work provides concrete guidelines for teachers, parents, managers, and therapists who are responsible for developing the self-esteem of others.  And it shows why-in today's chaotic and competitive world-self-esteem is fundamental to our personal and professional power.

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ISBN-13: 9780553374391
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 59,286
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Nathaniel Branden was a Canadian-American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem.

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The Six Pillars of Self Esteem 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
suebNY More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished reading this book yet, however I am on the fourth pillar and already I have come across some very valuable information. This book was recommended to me by a counselor when I felt that I had a problem and he felt that I was doing fine, I just didn't realize it. It really helped me to target the areas of weakness in my self-esteem and to do some writing and sentence completion regarding these weaknesses to reinforce them. I highly recommend it, as it also helped me with boundaries. At points the book is somewhat dry, but for the most part it is interesting with some a-ha moments.
ParisRainyDay More than 1 year ago
This book is something every single person should read, ideally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone whose searching for resources to help make sense of actions in their life they are not proud of, guidance in raising ones self esteem, and confidence in ones self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a terrific tool in developing self-esteem - no matter what age! It offers insightful information about what Self-esteem is, and how we, as humans, must have it to survive. It also provides clear direction for parents, grandparents, teachers, anyone who can influence a child's self-esteem. As a 41 year old, my life was in shambles. I was desperate to find answers to my failures in relationships. What I discovered was a new way of thinking about myself, my life and those around me. I learned that I must be in control of my life, no one else. In addition, I've been able to let go of a painful past and realize from this day forward 'I'm steering this horse.' After a few chapters, people began noticing the changes in me. I'm thrilled and so are they! (I'm considering giving it to people for Christmas, baby showers, weddings, you name it!) I am happier than I have ever been --- I know 'the' secret!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book very helpful. The book sets the record straight on how to achieve self esteem by drawing on the powers from within. No 'victim' psychological morass discussed in this book. The author advocates an active approach on improving your self esteem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandon¿s view of self esteem is both interesting and enlightening. I think that his critique of today¿s soft view of self esteem is critical. Self esteem is not something you can be given, it must be earned by personal success. The previous reviewer had, as I see it, one valid and one invalid point. Brandon¿s assertion that people are typically attracted to others of a similar self esteem level does seem to be an overgeneralization. The idea, however, that Brandon¿s book does not allow for people of low self-esteem to become successful, even over achievers, is a gross misrepresentation. Brandon merely asserts that without high self-esteem people cannot enjoy whatever level of success they can attain. My concern, based on the fact the only other review on this page is from a psychologist, is that the ¿average reader¿ will not necessarily realize the problems in his review. Read the book; judge for yourself.
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Almost from page one I had problems with this book. It is full of overgeneralizations and concepts that are inaccurate. Brandon says, for instance, that 'medium-self-esteem individuals' (his words) are 'typically' attracted to others with medium self-esteem and that low-self-esteem-individuals are 'typically' attracted to low-self-esteem-individuals' which, as a psychologist, I haven't found to be true. Instead I have found that individuals with low self-esteem may, indeed, be MORE COMFORTABLE with others who have a similar level of self-esteem, but they are most definitely ATTRACTED to those with higher levels of self-esteem, those who portray a strong sense of confidence, those who are independent, those who are positive, secure, upbeat, and have a sense of purpose in their lives. In fact, people with low self-esteem routinely attempt to attach themselves to people with healthy self-esteem, people others admire, because they enjoy a sense of self-importance and feel more secure themselves, when around people who seem to 'have it together'. Thus, I have found that people with low self-esteem only tend to gravitate to others who have low self-esteem AS A LAST RESORT, when they feel others are not accepting them, when they feel they don't fit in anywhere else. They definitely ARE NOT 'ATTRACTED' to others who have low self-esteem. The second problem I had with this book is that Brandon seems not to recognize that just as many people who have low self-esteem become 'overachievers' as those who become 'underachievers'.I agree with the Sorensen who wrote 'Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem' that low self-esteem is in itself, a motivator for many people--that anger and a desire to prove oneself as adequate and competent can spur people to achieve as much or more than they might have had they not had low self-esteem. Many highly successful people in all fields have low self-esteem but Brandon doesn't seem to understand this. Brandon doesn't recognize that low self-esteem is, indeed, be a true motivator for many who have low self-esteem. These comments come from early in the book. I read somewhat further but found far too many 'distortions' in his concepts to want to finish the book. While I know he has had a huge impact on the early understanding of self-esteem, it seems he has not refined his early concepts, as one often has to do, and it concerns me that the average reader who is not well versed in self-esteem issues, will not necessarily realize the problems in his theories.