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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553268147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553268140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem," says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, "and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence--and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself--your self-esteem--is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life."

How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect.

How to nurture self-esteem in children.

How to break free of guilt and fear of others' disapproval.

How to honor the self--the ethics of rational self-interest.

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"Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem," says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, "and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence--and how high he or she is likely to rise.  The reputation you have with yourself--your self-esteem--is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life."



How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect.



How to nurture self-esteem in children.



How to break free of guilt and fear of others' disapproval.



How to honor the self--the ethics of rational self-interest.

More About the Author

Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. is a lecturer, a practicing psychotherapist, and the author of twenty books on the psychology of self-esteem, romantic love, and the life and thought of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand. His work has been translated into eighteen languages and has sold more than 4 million copies, and includes such titles as Taking Responsibility, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, and My Years with Ayn Rand. Branden's name has become synonymous with the psychology of self-esteem, a field he pioneered more than thirty years ago.

Customer Reviews

This book is very educational.
jennifer
I have so many Post-It notes throughout this book and I have already gone out tonight to buy it for a friend.
Self Help Reader
I can't say enough about how reading this book changed my life.
Harkmeister

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By J. Istre on June 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Branden's masterpieces. A truly profound work in his field. Branden's insights hinge on knowing ourselves. Although this somewhat Delphic oracle sounds simple, Branden develops it very well. The book delves into the way we see ourselves and seeks to get to the root of the word 'self.' When we are alone at 4:00 in the morning and no one else is around - our real, naked, self - the question of who we are and how we see ourselves can begin to be answered.
One of the most profound insights is that some of our seemingly hard-to-solve personal problems with our 'self' can be traced to an undeveloped self within our psyche such as our 'child self.' In our development as a child, for example, if we did not go though completely a natural cycle of development, or if a piece of the development is missing, that particular self may be crying to be completed within us. To get to the root of some of our problems we have to peer into these undeveloped selves and try to reconstruct why it was undeveloped and attempt to relive the event(s) to compensate for the loss in development. Sometimes it is like trying to peel away the layers of an onion - getting to the root of a psychological effect - but the effort is well worth it. I can testify from personal applications of Branden's approach.
This is very well written, rational, easy to read, and based on sound practice from Branden's clinical career.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Holly Davis on December 23, 1998
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Two sections are absolutely incredible in this book-- that of "Rational Self-Interest" and "Death Anxiety". Dr. Branden uses REASON as his perfect way to convey his ideas. He is the first author in this area, that does not look at self-esteem as if it is something by itself that you "work on". Instead, he reveals what it really is, and how it comes about from REAL choices and actions; thus, it is based in reality. Dr. Branden's books are rare to me in that I read them almost continually; while other books are useful and good, I would put them on my shelf and re-read them only occassionally. I am ALWAYS reading at least one of Branden's books at any time, continually.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Harkmeister on October 20, 2003
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I can't say enough about how reading this book changed my life.
I have read several of Branden's other books as well as his audio tapes (which I also highly recommend). Without overdoing the hyperbole, this book has been the single most important positive phenomenon in my life. I have read MANY self-help books, but none have given me more access to myself or allowed me to liberate myself more.
The writing is dense, but never overwhelming. Sometimes a single paragraph would occupy my mind for hours as 'the lights would come on'. Branden is brilliant. I have read the book 3 times over the past 2 years and have bought about a dozen copies (even in Spanish) for friends.
He has some fairly strong thoughts regarding some religions that might put some people on the defensive, but there is truth in what he says.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Self Help Reader on September 12, 2005
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After only getting through half of Branden's book, I literally wept and felt as if I weight I had been carrying around for years had suddenly been lifted from my shoulders. I have many, many self help books; however, never have I read a book that allowed me to see myself so clearly. I have so many Post-It notes throughout this book and I have already gone out tonight to buy it for a friend. An example of the power of the author's words is an understanding that in every instance of self-esteem anxiety, there is a conflict in the form of "I must/should have" versus "I cannot/did not," Branden states, "there is always a conflict between, on the one hand, some value imperative that is tied, in a critical and profound way, to the person's self-appraisal and inner equilabrium, and, on the other, some failure, inadequacy, action, emotions, desire, or fantasy that the person regards as a break of that imperative..." When I am suffering an anxiety attack or become overwhelmed at the thought of something, it is usually this clash between these two - the value imperative and feelings of inadequacy. It makes much more sense if you RUN out and buy this book. Or, an explanation of "happiness anxiety" - never spoken about, but truly explained here well. As I said, this book has literally changed my life and given my life back to me.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1997
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Not a typical book on self-esteem as any reader of
Nathaniel Branden's books will attest. This was the first theoretical book I read of Branden's. I was first introduced to this amazing author's work in his action-oriented _How to Raise Your Self-Esteem_.

There is no exaggerating in saying _Honoring the Self_ is life-changing in it's psychological and philsophical implications. It explains so much in terms of what self-esteem actually is and how it can be understood to affect any life pursuit or relationship you can imagine. The most important pursuit and relationship being one's happiness and self-actualization. Chapters on fear and guilt inspire self-exploration to depths we often neglect.

The final section of the book offers a brief summary of the philosophical and political foundations necessary for a society of self-esteem. From an ethics of rational self-interest to a political economic system of free markets, this section is sure to provoke a re-thinking of some of your cherished beliefs.

It is an excellent foundation for further research into self-esteem, philosophy and economics. However, if your primary interest is just self-esteem, the author's _The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem_ would be your next rewarding read.

It is rare that a book will seem new and fresh with every read, but _Honoring the Self_ does just that. Read it twice, thrice, as many times as you can before it falls apart. Then buy another copy!
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