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How people experience themselves affects every moment of their existence. Their self-evaluation is the basic context in which they act and react, choose their values, set their goals, meet the challenges of life. Their responses to events are shaped in part by who and what they think they are-how competent and worthy they perceive themselves to be. Of all the judgments they pass in life, none is more important than the judgment they pass on themselves. To say that self-esteem is a basic human need is to say that it makes an essential contribution to the life process, that it is indispensable to normal and healthy development, that it has value for survival. Without positive self-esteem, psychological growth is stunted. Positive self-esteem operates, in effect, as the immune system of consciousness, providing resistance, strength, and a capacity for regeneration." (Nathaniel Branden)

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In the more than thirty years since Nathaniel Branden first published The Psychology of Self-Esteem, psychologists, counselors, educators, and the general public worldwide have come to appreciate the extraordinary power of the ideas expressed in his classic work. Since the book first appeared, the self-esteem movement has fundamentally transformed our culture.

This new edition of the original text reveals how Nathaniel Branden's landmark book broke the rules of conventional behavioral theory and promulgated his revolutionary ideas on the critical role that self-esteem plays in living a healthy, fulfilling life. The book offers an in-depth exploration of the need for self-esteem, the nature of that need, the conditions of fulfillment, and how self-esteem (or lack of it) affects our values, responses, and goals. Branden also debunks the misguided notion that self-esteem is a "feel-good phenomenon" and shows instead how self-esteem, rationality, perseverance, self-responsibility, and personal integrity are all intimately related.

This edition includes a new epilogue, Working with Self-Esteem in Psychotherapy, in which Branden presents his more recent thinking on the topic of self-esteem. As a testament to his own theories, Branden has spent four decades working as a psychotherapist guiding clients who constantly test his ideas about self-esteem. In all, this publication reveals how the basic conceptual structure presented in The Psychology of Self-Esteem is as relevant today as the book was when it was first published in 1969.

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Nathaniel Branden is the author of many books on self-esteem including the perennially best-selling The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (1995), A Woman's Self-Esteem (Jossey-Bass, 1998), and Self-Esteem at Work (Jossey-Bass, 1998). He is also the author of the memoir My Years with Ayn Rand (Jossey-Bass, 1999).

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787945269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787945268
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By X. Li on April 5, 2010
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I have read all Branden's books and most, if not all, Ayn Rand's works. I recently completed my second reading of this book, and I believe that 40 years after its first publication this title remains outstanding in exposition and style comparing to most books on Objectivism philosophy and its applications in specific fields. (Two other outstanding works came to mind, though not in the same category, are "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand" by L.P. and "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist" by Tara Smith.)

As a non-academic I consider this title an excellent self-help work, because it's written with unparalleled theoretical depth and intellectual clarity not seen in Branden's later works or majority of self-help type books on today's bookstore shelfs.

I found this book very helpful in gaining self-knowledge and understanding human psychology, so I highly recommend this book to everyone, particularly to those who have read Ayn Rand's ideas or Objectivism philosophy. BTW, Branden's other books are good too, but they are mostly elaborations on aspects of theoretical "super-structure" articulated in this title.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rick Zuma on February 8, 2001
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Part I consists of the philosophical concepts relevant to psychology. The central ideas, presented in their essentials, lay the foundation of Branden's approach, illustrated in Part II and all of his future work. Part II deals with the central theme of Branden's life work: self-esteem. His radical approach is in stark contrast the ideas of the time and to the self-proclaimed self-esteem proponents in recent years.
His approach is reality oriented: Branden outlines the inescapable need for self-esteem, its source in reality and the consequence of the failure to live in accord with this need. The contrast between legitimate self-esteem and counterfeit self-esteem help to clarify and define this crucial concept.
The book is, one the whole, theoretical and condensed. I am always amazed to find it shelved in the self-help section. This book should be read in conjunction with his latter works: The Disowned Self, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem and The Art of Living Consciously. The journey will be rewarding.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Snyder on January 11, 2009
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A worked-over edition of his original 1969 classic, this is where Branden as self-help psychologist started. If you want to get in on the ground floor of self-esteem, understand what he means by self-esteem v. some of the fluff that has been spun out since his 1969 start, and see how sentence-completion work started, this is the book for you.

Note: As Braden developed, and found this career/life niche, despite different titles, there's not always a tremendous amount of difference between all of his books, especially if you jump in and buy four of five at once. Be selective at the start.

At the same time, note that the sentence completion work requires a bit of mental discipline. Those he berate that, in lower-ranking reviews, may deserve scrutiny of why they aren't in to that.

That said, as with any Branden book, this is not a substitute for professional counseling. And, self-esteem work like this will not touch major endogenous depression, nor externally-driven things such as the aftereffects of PTSD. Unfortunately, Branden doesn't always make that clear.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Moresi on July 5, 2004
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I don't know what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed this book. I was listening to the book on tape and tried to take notes while driving (bad idea). I thought comments such as "Self Esteem is your reputation with yourself," "A productive life is a psychological neeed," and his example of 3 men and their opinions, all valid of the same "cad" were, well, helpful to me. I recommend it to anyone who, regardless of their own self esteem issues, knows anyone dealing with anxiety or constant doubts. As I say, I enjoyed it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Farren on March 28, 2008
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This book explains psychology, starting from the most basic biological principles. It uses a cientific aproach of cause and effect to explain complex concepts such as emotions, anxieties and love. The explanations are usually easy to understand.

Everything on this book has an explanation coming from principles. You won't find a "this comes from instincts" kind of explanation.

Four stars for this one... I don't give five stars because I feel that the structure and order of the book could improve.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ramin H. on April 11, 2005
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It took me many readings to fully comprehend the ideas and themes of this book. Since English is not my first language, and my first having nothing to do with Latin and Greek, the author is not to blame. Actually the book is very well written, is detailed and ideas follow logically. It is very hard to sound scientific and objective in a field notorious for subjectivity; nevertheless this is, in my opinion, as objective an analysis as one can get in the field. It may seem overly philosophical and difficult reading at first (definitely not Dr.Phil's style), but once you grasp the approach, it becomes a rewarding inner journey. The book's subject matter (Self-Esteem) is of enormous importance in individual psychology, and crucial for understanding the author's other works. A must read for all, highly recommended.
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