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Learning to Love Yourself: Finding Your Self-Worth Paperback – April 1, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
The director of a Texas clinic that specializes in treating chemical dependencies and family problems, Wegscheider-Cruse gears this guide specifically to adult children of alcoholics and generally to anyone suffering from low self-esteem. She offers a definition of self-worth"my valuable identity deserving all good things"and urges readers to change damaging habits, rethink past experiences and develop new behaviors that enhance emotional growth. Her detailed advice is sometimes sensibleto raise self-worth, she writes, we need to become aware of of the "forces of our past which have held us back." But sometimes she is unhelpful, as when she suggests that those who cover their low self-worth with compulsive busyness "make home-made bread" or "build a birdhouse."
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, is a nationally known consultant, educator and author. She was the founding chairperson of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She is a family therapist who has conducted workshops around the world and has consulted with the military, school systems, business and industry, treatment centers and corporations. She is a past winner of the Mary Mann award as a top communicator. She has appeared on "The Phil Donahue Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" twice and "Good Morning America.' She lives in Las Vegas.
Top customer reviews
I felt like this is a book where you can read over and over again gaining the loving feeling every time it is read because you are bound to take much time to learn to love oneself. Rereading will help gain that love.
She brings greater understanding to the reader about how to develop TRUE self-esteem. Alot of different books I had read, mis-lead the reader into thinking that self-esteem is developed by externalizing our happiness... (ie. lose weight, get an education, learn a talent or language, get a new hair, buy a new dress...) All these things draw our gaze "outwards". But many people develop these outward attributes, and still feel miserable... (ie. Whitney Houston... beautiful, talented, rich, famous, but challenged with drug addiction and an unhealthy love relationship)
Sharon makes the reader realize that self-esteem is found by connecting to our inner self (or inner child). This inner child is the repository of self-worth (page 23).
There are many things explained in this book that helps the reader understand himself/herself and how to overcome our negative tendencies.
Just a wonderful book. ... By connecting to our Essence/Inner Child/Psyche through feelings, we develop TRUE SELF-WORTH.
I have been doing what these books have told me to do, and the changes in my life are incredible and quite dramatic. ...