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Six Pillars of Self Esteem
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 1998
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2011
This book has often been recommended by some of my favourite authors. It seems that anyone of note has read it, digested it and it has informed their own work. I thought it would be interesting for me as I work with clients who often have self-esteem issues (with regard to their clutter habits) and it would help me to help them somehow. What I wasn't expecting was such a rich, informative and profoundly moving book that was so easy to read that I consumed it in a weekend! Now the hard work begins! Branden is very firm with his advice -don't just read the book, DO the exercises. I can honestly say that even the first few simple steps are mind altering! I am really enjoying digging and delving and raising my own self esteem in the process! As they saying goes - if you want to help someone you have to help yourself first. The ideas in this book are clear, simple and easy for anyone to implement, with or without a therapist. Highly recommended
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2006
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
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 their truth resounds deeply in both the heart and the mind. As someone who spent many years following sometimes 'anti-rational' spiritual practices, I can assert the benefit of using the sentence completion technique. It was very profound experience and empowered me greatly. Although it took several months to complete the exercises the daily time investment is small and the task straightforward. Having read some negative reviews, I feel sure that those who do not value the book have not undertaken the exercises in it. Anyone who does will benefit. Guaranteed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2014
I haven't finished reading it yet but so far I have found it easy to read and understand. I can relate to the examples in the book and see how my behaviour reflects my lack of self-esteem. Definitely worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2014
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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