“The Self-Esteem Workbook
is both excellent and practical because it is built on a sound scientific base, offers clear recommendations, and comes from and speaks to the heart.” --Steven E. Hobfoll, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Applied Psychology Center, Kent State University
“Chock-full of effective and practical strategies for raising self-esteem…helpful for anyone who wishes to end negative thinking and learn to see their true value.” --Matthew McKay, Ph.D., co-author of best-selling Self-Esteem
“It is impossible to read this book without feeling better about oneself and others. It should be required reading for every living soul.” --Robert L. Bunnell, M.S., PA-C, marketing coordinator, University of Utah Physician Assistant Program; Executive Director, Utah Academy of Physician Assistants
“The book is excellent. We are already using it in our self-esteem presentations! Well done and many thanks…It’s one of the first and finest self-esteem resource guide books that offers in-depth information in a grounded, useful way.” --Jacqueline Miller, Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Self-Esteem
“Leads participants on a purposeful journey [to] a future of better mental health and well-being.” --Sharlene M. Weiss, Ph.D., Founder & Former Director of Psychosocial Oncology, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Miami School of Medicine
From the Author
As a graduate student in the early eighties, I studied under the foremost researcher on self-esteem, sociologist Dr. Morris Rosenberg. In surveying thousands of adolescents, Dr. Rosenberg had identified the antecedents of self-esteem and shown that the lack of self-esteem results in a wide range of difficulties in life. One day after class, I asked him how an adult who lacked self-esteem could enhance it. He shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't know." I reasoned that there must be a way to do so, and determined that I would develop an approach to self-esteem enhancement that everyday people could apply.
Applying the principle of distinguished psychologist Abraham Maslow that building self-esteem requires many and major impacts, I scoured the literature and pooled the best techniques that affect self-esteem at all levels--thoughts, images, feelings, bodily sensations, and behavior. I then tested the approach with adults ranging in age from eighteen to sixty-eight years of age. It was gratifying to find that self-esteem can indeed be improved through a conscientious application of relatively simple and clear principles and skills. And it is heartwarming to hear from people who have been able to develop the secure anchor of self-esteem, even later in life.