- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787945269
- ISBN-13: 978-0787945268
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The Psychology of Self-Esteem: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Understanding that Launched a New Era in Modern Psychology Paperback – January 2, 2001
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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 firstpublished The Psychology of Self-Esteem, psychologists, counselors,educators, and the general public worldwide have come to appreciatethe extraordinary power of the ideas expressed in his classic work.Since the book first appeared, the self-esteem movement hasfundamentally transformed our culture.
This new edition of the original text reveals how NathanielBranden's landmark book broke the rules of conventional behavioraltheory and promulgated his revolutionary ideas on the critical rolethat self-esteem plays in living a healthy, fulfilling life. Thebook offers an in-depth exploration of the need for self-esteem,the nature of that need, the conditions of fulfillment, and howself-esteem (or lack of it) affects our values, responses, andgoals. Branden also debunks the misguided notion that self-esteemis a "feel-good phenomenon" and shows instead how self-esteem,rationality, perseverance, self-responsibility, and personalintegrity are all intimately related.
This edition includes a new epilogue, Working with Self-Esteemin Psychotherapy, in which Branden presents his more recentthinking on the topic of self-esteem. As a testament to his owntheories, Branden has spent four decades working as apsychotherapist guiding clients who constantly test his ideas aboutself-esteem. In all, this publication reveals how the basicconceptual structure presented in The Psychology of Self-Esteem isas relevant today as the book was when it was first published in1969.
Nathaniel Branden is the author of many books on self-esteemincluding the perennially best-selling The Six Pillars ofSelf-Esteem (1995), A Woman's Self-Esteem (Jossey-Bass, 1998), andSelf-Esteem at Work (Jossey-Bass, 1998). He is also the author ofthe memoir My Years with Ayn Rand (Jossey-Bass, 1999).
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His most basic dictum is to commit to rationality, to treat reality seriously. To never sabotage the functioning of your mind in its most basic function, which is to apprehend reality. If you repress and distort your awareness the inevitable result will be a loss in the indispensable feeling of trust in yourself and that will lead to catastrophic suffering.
You earn your way to maturity by carefully reviewing the total edifice of your basic understanding of reality and your relation to it, never allowing fear or pain to dictate the way you deal with your life.
If you are willing to work, this will be, perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself. But for most, it will not be easy and often painful. Go ahead if you really want to grow
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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I'm reading more psychology books--this is not one of the better ones. There is some interesting material in it, but it got too windy and repetitive.Read more