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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Self-Esteem Paperback – December 1, 1998

2.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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From the Back Cover

You're no idiot, of course. You know there are moments when you have been creative, attractive, and even intelligent. But when it comes to sizing yourself up in the mirror, stepping onto a scale to get weighed, or socializing at a party full of extraverts, you feel like a wallflower that hasn't been watered in years. Don't just stand there with your head in the sand! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Self-Esteem shows you how to break through negativity, open yourself to risk and change, and move toward a richer and more integrated life. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

About the Author

Mark J. Warner, Ed.D., is chief of staff of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He has had an extensive career as a wellness author, a private-industry consultant, a public speaker, and an award-winning teacher.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (December 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028629302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028629308
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was a Complete Idiot to buy this book! I read only three-fourths of this book before I had to put it away for good. As someone with very low self-esteem, I was hoping this book would help me feel less inferior around other people, help me gain a better body image, and help me to feel more confident speaking to a group of people. This book did nothing of the sort. Instead, it repeatedly stated the importance of volunteering for your community. Although volunteering is a wonderful thing to do, I don't think this sole action is what it takes to help a person with low self-esteem. Perhaps the author should have titled it "CIG to Community Volunteering." This book did nothing to help me improve my self-esteem.
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I am always wary of books that begin with the accolade of 'The Complete Idiot's Guide' as it suggests that those who buy such books, are, indeed complete idiots.
Not believing myself to be in this category but being in search of ways to boost morale and productivity and teamwork I bought this book after having flicked through and found the contents to be short and well illustrated with anecdotes, humour and other such features to make this appealing to even the most reluctant readers.
This book certainly has all of those things and at a basic level it does a useful job in highlighting a number of features which help in enhancing self-esteem. The book is clearly well meaning but misses it's target by a long way.
My understanding of what this book is meant to be is as a self-study workbook. To some extent it is but really does not go far enough to help those who suffer from lack of self-esteem. Let me give one very crucial example. The author cites S.W.O.T. analysis, the first being Strengths, the second being weakness. The reader is asked to list his or her greatest strengths and serious weaknesses. However, there is no guidance given as to how someone should determine those, and, given that those who lack self-esteem do not feel good about themselves to begin with, they will find it hard to list strengths and will feel that they have more than three weaknesses.
The book does serve as an introduction to the problem and does point the way to some exercises that can be done to assist in enhancing self-esteem. For anyone serious about tackling this problem this is not the book for them.
...or of course I could just be a complete idiot and have missed the point of this book alltogether. Hmmm
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I found this book pretty much useless for boosting my self esteem. The advice given in the book was poor with silly, little quotes and poems. I felt that it was lacking good, hard research on low self esteem and how to improve one's self esteem. Unfortunately, there is nothing that I took away from the book to help me with that.
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Shortly after reading this book, I found myself longing for a warm bath and some razor blades.
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The title should be a warning in itself. You may have an issue with self esteem if you think of or refer to yourself as a "complete idiot." Nevertheless, I found little of use in this book. It did not seem to be based on any solid theory of self esteem, nor have any concise, concrete descriptions of methods to enhance self-esteem. This book is the written word equivalent of Mel Gibson's comment to Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, "Don't worry; here, have a french fry." There, feel better about yourself? Don't do any further damage to your self esteem buy wasting money on this book.
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Dr. Mark Warner has put togethor this fantastic guide to help enhance your self-esteem and the self-esteem of those around you. This is not a typical self-help book because its aim is twofold: 1. it helps build your own confidence/self-esteem and 2. it empowers you to enhance others self-esteem.
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By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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Pure inspiration from cover to cover. This book is not only about self-esteem, it's about people, something Mark Warner demonstrates he knows a great deal about. Buy the book and realize that you do make a difference!
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