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Empowering Teens to Build Self-Esteem Paperback – June 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1883648046 ISBN-10: 1883648041 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Innerworks Publishing; Revised edition (June 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883648041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883648046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 8, 2004
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Nearly every teenager could stand to learn more about self-esteem--how it affects their lives and how they can affect it. In "Empowering Teens to Build Self-Esteem," Suzanne E. Harrill (a licensed therapist and counselor as well as teacher and writer) gets her message across in simple, easy terms that aren't condescending and don't talk down to her audience.

The book addresses the basics of self-esteem such as how to recognize low self-esteem, why people have self-esteem problems, what constitutes having good self-esteem, and the principles we need to learn in order to have good self-esteem. It sticks to straightforward concepts with clear explanation.

I think the book does a good job of addressing its intended teen audience. Surprisingly there's actually a fair amount adults can get out of this book, however. Its simple approach can benefit almost anyone, and adults could even benefit from many of the same general relationship tips.

The book does an incredibly good job of balancing two very important issues that often get skewed out of alignment in one direction or the other: the idea that yes, many self-esteem problems have their origin in childhood events and family environments, but that today, now, is the individual's responsibility. While it's often important to understand where these problems come from (for example, if you can recognize that you've unconsciously picked up the behaviors of a parent you may be able to more easily see those behaviors in yourself and alter them), it's just as important to recognize that you're ultimately the person who can help you and make your life better.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By perla on November 22, 2004
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Teenagers should really be introduced to the basic concepts of this book. The tools and knowledge will truly fortify them with inner power that they can really use for the rest of their lives. Adults who read this will wish they had this book when they were teenagers.

Written by an experienced educator, therapist, counselor who has worked with kids for a good deal of time, this book, with teenage readers in mind, is written with depth and at the same time with much practicality and clarity. It can speak to a teenager reader in a style that is straight and to the point on a very deep, intense topic.

Self-esteem is defined in the simplest clearest way for teenagers (and even for us thick-skinned adults):

"Self esteem is how you feel about yourself."

In the same paragraph as this basic definition is explained low and healthy self-esteem. Again, easily enough for teens to understand:

"You consciously or unconsciously send thoughts and opinions about yourself to yourself. These thoughts can be accurate and helpful or they can be false and damaging. To build self-esteem, you need to consciously think and say positive, honest things to yourself in your mind." Again, to the point with no fancy words for the teenage kids in our lives that we want to help out.

Harrill's book is written in such a way that a teenager can get two basic things out of this book: First, identify habits that degrade one's self-esteem. Then two, find ways to build a healthier self-esteem.

There is a very good set of lists on the behaviors, thoughts and feelings of a person who has low self-esteem. These lists would be quite an eye-opener even for adult, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on July 20, 2008
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I bought this from the reviews thinking it might be good for my 17 year-old-daughter. It is geared more for a 12 or 13 year-old. Very simplistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Brown on June 25, 2013
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This was an easy and great read for girls and parents. I found it very informational and helpful. My daughter found it helpful as well, she is 12.
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More About the Author

Suzanne E. Harrill, author, coach, and teacher, writes practical, easy-to-read self-help books for adults, teens, and children. Her books inspire self-discovery and self-awareness. Look for specific ways to change negative patterns of thinking and behaving. Learn to heal your past and create a future with deep meaning and purpose. Suzanne brings a lifetime of wisdom gained through self-study and being in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 30 years.

Suzanne shares some of her purpose. "Whenever I figure out something that improves my life, I am driven to write it down to teach others. I want everyone to know and love themselves, have rich, meaningful relationships, learn how to examine their lives, and do the inner work necessary to heal, change and grow. Life is much easier and joyful when you are self-aware. We all have challenges, however, being aware helps you manage them better. When you live being your true Self and express your gifts, interests, and talents your life is fulfilling and joyful and your relationships blossom as well."

Do you want guidance about how to improve your life? Allow Suzanne's books to teach you how to do the inner work necessary to create the life you were born to live.

Suzanne Harrill's Mission Statement:
"To empower people to love and accept themselves, to heal pain from the past, to know their purpose, and to reach their potential individually and collectively."

Summary of Suzanne Harrill's teachings:
The Acorn Analogy
by Suzanne Harrill

Deep inside you know how to be you, just as an acorn knows how to be a mighty oak. Remember that the acorn is doing the best it can do at each stage of growth along its life cycle. It can only grow to the degree that it has nurturing from nature: sunlight, rainwater, and nutrients from the soil. Even if the early start was less than optimal the eager oak can accelerate its desire to grow at any time there are proper nutrients available. YOU ARE LIKE THE ACORN! You too are doing your best under the conditions in which you are growing. Add a little awareness, self-acceptance, and nurturing; then watch you grow. Nurture yourself to grow into your True Self.

Suzanne's unique and intuitive approach, along with her warmth, combine to provide a personal, loving, and engaging experience which inspires others in their process of self-healing through inner work. Many of her clients see her as their fairy godmother, as in her book, Enlightening Cinderella, providing insights and support for inner healing, awareness, and transformation.

For over 30 years, Suzanne has facilitated the growth and awareness of many people through counseling, writing, teaching, and professional speaking. On a personal note, Suzanne has been married since 1966, has three grown daughters, and is a grandmother. She enjoys watercolor painting and creating original stained glass pieces.

Suzanne E. Harrill, M. Ed., LPC empowers individuals to build awareness, heal self-esteem, create satisfying, life-enhancing relationship, and to grow spiritually. This website is offered in service to those on the inner journey.

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