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Pathways to Lasting Self-Esteem [Kindle Edition]

Stanley J. Gross Ed. D.
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Book Description

Pathways to Lasting Self-Esteem is based on the author’s experience as a psychotherapist with his low self-esteem clients. Dr. Gross recognizes the tenacity of low self-esteem, yet he affirms that much can be done to raise it. In Pathways to Lasting Self-Esteem he distinguishes his unique approach to raising self-esteem from the many superficial manipulations commonly ineffective in making a durable impact. The book follows a stepwise method that provides practical guidance in a skill-oriented route for the journey. Pathways to Self-Esteem recognizes four levels for the development of self-esteem each featuring distinct dilemmas, goals, tasks, and skills. Readers will find the challenge to change buffered by hope to counter despair and safe options to offset fear.

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About the Author

Stanley J. Gross, Ed.D. authored the award winning Of Foxes and Hen Houses: Licensing and the Health Professions (Greenwood Press, 1984). He practices as a licensed psychologist in Quincy, MA and is Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. His doctorate is from Columbia University. He did post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois Medical School and at the Center for Addictions Study at Harvard Medical School. He also trained with family therapy pioneer Virginia Satir. Dr. Gross regularly offers workshops on self-esteem for the public and for professionals. For more about Dr. Gross and self-esteem visit

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  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Authorhouse (September 20, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466HHJG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've read dozens of books that touch on self worth, self esteem, addiction, and abusive relationships, and this one literally blew me away. Being a life coach, business consultant, a volunteer working with addicts and alcoholics, and struggling with self esteem issues for most of my life up until recently, this book resonated with me at a very deep level. Moreover, I plan to use some of its wisdom in my various ventures and personal life as well. The ideas aren't necessarily original in themselves (e. g., abuse, or neglect, as a child leads to low self esteem, anti-social behavior, and perpetuates a cycle of such behaviors in generation after generation.) Having, consequently, being afflicted by such a situation ( a good example of the adult ramifications of this issue can be found in the Nick Nolte character in the little known , but excellent film called "Affliction") leads to the lack of developing adequate social and emotional skills in later life and paralyzing fear in dealing with life on life's terms. Thus one is severely marginalized and developmentally stunted by the approach avoidance, and related negative strategies: one shies away from growth oriented positive behavior and adopts addictive or other escape strategies, which only worsens the situation.

Dr Gross's suggestion is that one tries to gradually build the courage to face one's demons (i. e. fears), and, in so doing, realize what one fears is precisely that which will lead to a normal and fulfilling life (e, g.; Winston Churchill's famous statement: "There is nothing to fear but fear itself" exemplifies this solution. This is all interesting but not particularly unique.
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By Joseph
Stanley J. Gross's book is pure genius! It is shocking that only one other review has been written for this book. No... actually it is sad because this book is essential for anyone struggling with a low self esteem or emotional problems. I've read dozens of books on self-help, codependency, etc... but I wouldn't trade this book for any other self-help book. After buying and reading many books I could easily get rid of all of them except this one. The book is actually kinda spooky how insightful it is into low self-esteem. For example, he talks about how we engage in impulsive action whenever we face the threat of criticism, rejection, or fear of making a mistake, and by not facing these fears, they stay with us, multiply, and rot the core of our emotional beings. He offers sound advice for improving self-esteem and it includes "self-care" or taking care of one self, in every aspect, this includes quitting ALL addictions, whether it is cigarettes or alcohol.
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