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Paul A. Hauck is a retired clinical psychologist. He has written several popular books offering helpful advice and techniques developed through his private practice.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st American Ed edition (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664253105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664253103
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I now believe that most emotional disturbance is a result of this thing called "self-esteem/worth/" and their evil twin "ego". Social fears can be attributed to the idea that we will somehow be magically diminished in some way as human beings if people disapprove of us. This book is a great start in demolishing that foolish idea. Another great book that covers this subject is "Overcoming the Myth of Self-Worth" by Richard Franklin.
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I found the following messages of the author especially valuable:

1. We are succeeding always as long as we are learning.

2. Doing badly is a valuable experience for learning.

3. Doing things correctly tells us what we want to repeat.

4. After much discipline and hard work, our performance will come closer to our potential ability, and this process is defined as success.

So in stead of measuring myself against others, I should measure my performance against my potential.
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The book is insightful, and well-written. I reread it any time I'm feeling a bit depressed or down. Outlines the basic princliples of rational-emotive therapy.
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This is the best book I have ever read on Self-esteem.The essense of the book is not how to develop self-esteem but how to get rid of it and develop self-acceptance.Paul Hauck gives numerous examples on ill effects of self-rating.He points out self-esteem is sickness.But Hauck doesn't mean to devalue the value of achievement and enormous benefits it begets.He urges us to develop achievement confidence instead of self-confidence.This book can eliminate the inferiority and superiority complex we all suffer from.Excellent book built on REBT framework which can change one's life for good
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This is a very informative book on self rating. After reading this you'll know a great deal about self acceptance, self love and self esteem. The book is quite short, but that's a good thing, because the author doesn't beat around the bush, he goes straight for the meat in as few words as possible. The one thing that disappointed me a little was the lack of exercises. Throughout the entire text he presented one exercise, saying that that is all you need, but in my opinion, a few more would be nice. As a result, I'm thinking about getting a few more self-esteem books by other authors as supplement.
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Regarding this book and "lamdon's" 3-star review, I believe his was a mostly accurate description of this book (though I would rate the book 4-5 stars), however this author (Hauck) specifically writes and conducts therapy in the context of RET or REBT (Rational Emotive Therapy or Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) which is different from the more common CBT which employs much more exercises and behavior-changes.

If you are into CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and specifically like the "homework"/exercise aspect, then this book is probably not what you're looking for. However, CBT originally stemmed from REBT / RET. The main difference is the focus for changing how we feel in our lives. CBT focuses on the actions that will hopefully change your feelings, while REBT focuses on the thoughts that will change your feelings as well as change your actions. Both therapies work to a very high degree, but they each come at the problem from slightly different spots in the cycle. Any lack of exercises included in this book is merely a function of REBT more than anything neglected by the author.

Even if you are a die-hard CBT/exercise fan, I would still recommend that everyone give this book a shot, since it's short, straight forward, and a small investment in what could be the best thing that ever happened to you! I happen to love thinking about things and thinking about different possibilities (I was a philosophy major of all things... not directly practical!) and this book did change my life. It got me out of my head, thinking less and doing more - which for me, was exactly what I needed! (I had become an undisciplined, unsuccessful, unhappy perfectionist! ... fellow REBT enthusiast will totally get that! :) Anyway, reading this book helped me learn to be happy not being perfect by changing the way I thought about myself and others.
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I have taught cognitive therapy for years and used Paul Hauck's other books. When i found he had one on self-esteem I had to get it. He has a great way of explaining complex ideas. I love his approach to the topic: the idea isn't to instill high self-esteem, but to explode the whole idea that there is any such a thing. It is refreshing to find a thinker who is willing to be that clear-headed.
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This is an excellent book on self-acceptance, performance-confidence, and gaining the respect of others. It is well written and short (100 pages) which helps in focusing on the development of the message. I think Hauck's presentation of the topic is sound and realistic. It includes many good examples from his work with clients. He makes it clear why self-acceptance is the thing to achieve rather than self-esteem.

After reading this book and books by Albert Ellis, I am convinced that cognitive approachs are best for reducing disturbances. I expect the book would be a good supplement if you are getting psychotherapy that uses the rational emotive behavioral approach or the cognitive behavioral approach.

As Hauck says, the book should be re-read to get the full benefit from it.
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