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  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Unabridged Edition edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558742131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558742130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. has done more than anyone to awaken America's consciousness to the importance of self-esteem. He has written many books on self-esteem including the bestsellers The Psychology of Self-Esteem, Honoring The Self, and How To Raise Your Self-Esteem. Dr. Branden is in private practice in Los Angeles where he offers self-esteem seminars and works as a consultant to businesses and other organizations.

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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.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
According to Nathaniel Branden in this book, self-esteem is...
1) Confidence in our ability to think and cope with the basic challenges of life
2) Confidence in our right to be happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, entitled to assert our needs and wants, and to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.
However, he seems to focus mostly on #1 (and at that, the first part of #1, our ability to think), and little or not at all on our ability to cope, or #2 our right to be happy, etc.
Most of the book is about defining self-esteem, much less about where it comes from, or how to get it or repair it (he states this as the purpose in the introduction, to be fair).
Nonetheless, I got a new perspective on self-esteem. I learned it's not just "self-love", but confidence in our MIND, that is, our ability to understand our lives, ourselves, and the world, and therefore to make wise choices that lead to success in reaching our goals, if we are committed to the truth, the facts, and perceiving and accepting reality to the best of our ability.
It helped me understand why I have done as well as I have in the face of childhood trauma; because deep down I had a shred of faith that life could be better, and that I was smart enough to make sense of the chaos around me, if I learned enough and applied my mind enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kai Ajala Dupe on January 2, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Power of Self Esteem is a great little book. In the first part of the book, Dr. Branden spends time creating a solid definition of self-esteem. This is very important. Many people are not aware of the power of self-esteem and they are going through life trying to repair symptoms when in truth their problems stem from a lack of or a damaged self-esteem.

Dr. Branden gives a very clear definition of self-esteem after pointing out some of the earlier and less correct attempts at the definition, and then informing us as to how self-esteem is damaged during many of our childhood years. Many parents are damaging the self-esteem of their children without even being aware of it. Some here made the point that the book does not tell you how to create a healthy self-esteem. However, once you understand fully what self-esteem is there a real need to tell you how to create a healthy self-esteem? You should be able to deduce that on your own.

The title of the book is The Power of Self Esteem not How To Create Self Esteem. The narrow focus allows one to extract a great deal of information that is on point and only relevant to the power of self-esteem. The examples that Dr. Branden gives of how the self-esteem of children is damaged without even being aware of it is worth the price of the book. If that is the only thing you take away from the book is the awareness of how your interaction with your children may be damaging their self-esteem then you have been given a wonderful gift.

After reading this work, it seems easy to believe that many of the ills that plague our inner cities can be tracked down to issue of self-esteem. Issues such as teen-age pregnancy and the alarming drop out rate come to mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
95 pages long, this book offers Nathaniel Branden's perspective that self-esteem is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the requirements of life. More specifically, it is confidence in our ability to think and to cope with the basic challenges of life. It is confidence in our right to be happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, entitled to assert our needs and wants and to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.

This book has a deceptive clarity and simplicity. Nathaniel Branden answers basic questions while ignoring the fundamental issues beneath the basic assertions regarding self-esteem. For example, while it is pseudo-self-esteem to base your self-esteem on any outward skill, the ability to think and to cope with life's basic difficulties is a skill, however invisible outwardly, and it must be acquired; it is not intrinsic to the mind or man like breathing is. Nathaniel Branden says one cannot work on self-esteem directly. Well, how can one learn this ability without learning it directly?

If a child's psycho-epistemology has been severely tampered with by dysfunctional parents, how is the ability to think and to cope "going to be engendered apart from a direct learning experience in which such a skill is acquired"? If that child grows up to become an adult, and fails in coping, has not found a way to think or cope that leads to more success than failure, how is self-esteem ever going to be acquired? Self-esteem is NOT a necessary and sufficient cause for success, as Nathaniel Branden correctly asserts. Thinking does not guarantee success, but successful survival is the measure by which one is said to have self-esteem here.

What is the meaning of "outward success," when, by definition, it is deemed to exclude self-esteem?
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By Candace Graham on April 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
great book and great quality! I was pleased to able to gift someone who matters with a book that could very well change thier lives.
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