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The Gay and Lesbian Self-Esteem Book: A Guide to Loving Ourselves Paperback – April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572241314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572241312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kimeron Hardin is a clinical psychologist who was born in Forest City, NC in 1960 and whom has worked primarily in the field of health and wellness for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate in psychology, and went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi in Clinical Psychology in 1990. He completed his medical psychology internship year at Duke University Medical Center and is board certified in health psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

For most of his career, Dr. Hardin has worked in medical and health settings, teaching and treating people living with chronic pain and other health or stress-related problems. He was the co-author of one of the first self-help books available for people living with pain and has spent many years developing educational materials and programs for people with pain whose lives have been dramatically altered by trauma and suffering.

He also has a passion for helping gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people learn to overcome internalized negative social messaging and to develop positive self-image and self-esteem.

His books include "The Chronic Pain Control Workbook, second edition", "Queer Blues: The Lesbian and Gay Guide to Overcoming Depression", and "Loving Ourselves: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Self-Esteem".

His audio cds include "Drifting Downstream: Guided Relaxation for Stress Reduction" and "Drifting Into Sleep: A Step by Step Guide to Falling Asleep".

He currently lives with his partner and dog in Northern California and has a private practice and consulting business in Belmont, CA.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Bowman on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dr. Hardin's book is a powerful book that presents information vital to healing the wounds inflicted on gays and lesbians, both by society and by individuals, in a manner that is friendly, accessible and eminently usable without compromising on the complexity of the topic. The respect with which the subjects of his book and the readers are treated is healing in and of itself. This book is a must read for all gays and lesbians, their family, friends and coworkers and anyone interested in preventing the damage inflicted on individuals simply because of their sexual orientation. It speaks indirectly as well to members of other groups who likewise suffer discrimination because of group membership. As a woman, in a male dominated society, I found much of relevance to my own situation in his book. This book is an easy, accessible read whose implications and potential to better the lives of its readers are profound and anything but simplistic. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat on August 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Nice book... it makes some good points.

But it really should be called "The Gay Self-Esteem Book" instead of "The Gay and Lesbian Self-Esteem Book". I appreciate the author's attempts to include token lesbian examples, but the examples are two-dimensional and unconvincing, and many issues that are specific to lesbians are left out entirely.

So, probably a great book for gay guys, but if you're a lesbian, you might be better off looking elsewhere.
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By A Customer on May 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent and very inspiring. I highly recommend it to anyone, but especially to other gays and lesbians who are carrying a heavy burden of guilt from their childhood on. Reading it and completing the exercises led me on a splendid and magical, healing journey to wholeness. For the first time in my life of over 30 years, I actually feel good about myself and my life and my sexual orientation. The message of this wonderful book is: Society is the problem -- NOT your sexual orientation! I agree 100%. This book's message is easily applicable to all other minorities with an alternative lifestyle, as well. Please read this book, for yourself and for your loved ones. Self-esteem is the greatest gift which you can give to yourself as well as to your partner and the other people in your life. READ IT today! And a warm hug and THANK YOU to Dr. Hardin for sharing this tremendous message! ;)
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As someone who has a background in therapy and who is a gay male; this book is well written with examples that let the reader get some understanding of the difficulty so many people feel when they think there is something wrong with being different. Even thought there are more current books on the subject, they are all about therapy and not that much different.
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