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Six Pillars of Self Esteem [Paperback]

Nathaniel Branden
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Book Description

1 Sep 1995
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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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Bantam Trade Paperback Ed edition (1 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553374397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553374391
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The ultimate work on self-esteem. Truly a classic." --T. George Harris, former editor of "American Health "and "Psychology Today"
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Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. studied psychology at UCLA and did his graduate work at New York University. His reputation as an original and challenging thinker began with articles in the "Objectivist," a journal of ideas that he co-founded with novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand. He is the renowned author of twenty books, including "My Years with Ayn Rand, Taking Responsibility, "and "The Art of Living Consciously." He is in private practice in Los Angeles and offers consulting to corporations worldwide.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Branden At His Best: Rational and Informative 9 Dec 1998
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Nathaniel Branden is the father of the self-esteem movement. When his first book, The Psychology Of Self-Esteem was published, the word self-esteem was non-existent on the cultural scene. On first experiencing Nathaniel Branden at one of his workshops, I remember thinking to myself, this is rationality at its best. Over the years, Branden's books on self-esteem have continued in this tradition. Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem appears to be a culmination of his knowledge on the subject, a broadening of experience of over 25 years since the publication of The Psychology of Self-Esteem. For anyone interested in self-improvement or growth, for anyone wishing to break free from the cycle of the past or to discover the disowned self, for anyone floundering in the world of pop-psychology or five-minute improvement courses, this is the type of book that can lead the way. Once again, Nathaniel Branden demonstrates rationality at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and helpful 8 Sep 2007
This book can be life changing if you are prepared to put the effort into it. It is not a two week and change your life quick fix. It increases your awareness of how you live your life and how you can make small steps to change it. It is not easy to face all the things you avoid but by using this book consistently and persistently over time your life can change for the better. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 July 2009
Format:Audio Cassette
I have listened to the audio of this title. I would probably have prefered the book as there are a lot of exercises which could be referenced more conveniently through the book version. None the less this is an excellent insight into self esteem and is hard to imagine how it could be bettered. Thank you Nathaniel - what a legacy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough going 14 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was recommended to me by a professional to try and deal with my self-esteem issues. I am a 'thinker' anyway and want to understand and learn more so they thought it might do me good. This, however, was tough going. It is written by a very intelligent man and I found the words and terminology he uses a little beyond me. I had to concentrate hard to understand what he was saying, often re-reading paragraphs to understand it. I don't doubt he is an expert in his field, but for me personally, I found it too hard to read, and I didn't achieve anything from the exercises.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly excellent book. Unlike other self-help books that I have read, this author actually knows what he is talking about. Nathaniel Branden is a clinical psychologist and he uses the principles in this book to help his clients raise their self-esteem - so they really do work. Until I came across Branden's books, I had stopped reading self-help books for a long time, because I had found that the principles in them were ineffective.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The books above are seminal books for me changing the way I looked and behaved in the world. Despite thinking I had no self-esteem challenges The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden helped me understand me and understand those I live and work with. Since discovering the book five years ago I have listened to the unabridged audio version at least twice a year and re-read the book at least once a year - and on each re-read I marvel more at Nathaniel Branden's insight into the human condition. With practical ideas and exercises I highly recommend the book to everyone - and certainly not just to those looking to increase their self-esteem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was I expected 5 Mar 2014
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Good guide if you are looking to improved your selfs esteem Those thing only can be done with your determination and I found a good help in this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game changer 8 Feb 2014
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Best book I've ever read. I like that it's from a psychologists point of view. Not sure I agree totally with the integrity pillar, but I relate strongly to all the others
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One of the best books I have ever read. Sometimes there is a lot to take in and I find myself having to read the paragraph again, but I would recommend this book to anyone and... Read more
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Wonderfully clear and thoughtful in writing style. Each point Nathaniel writes is drawn from experience and fully reasoned, so that... Read more
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Published on 3 May 2012 by Lark
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An outstanding guide. No gobbledygook or new age theories. Just plain, practical advice from someone who clearly knows his subject. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, good advice
I found this book to be the best on the subject of self esteem that I have ever read, more effective and useful than the next 10 self-help books you can find combined.
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