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How to Raise Your Self-Esteem: The Proven Action-Oriented Approach to Greater Self-Respect and Self-Confidence Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1988
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Dr. Branden tried to communicate with the audience on how to raise your self-esteem. He pointed out that there were a lot of reasons why people have lower ones including from childhood years which I can relate to. He talks about self-concept and that we shouldn't keep pent up feelings because it stops ourselves from achieving our full potential.
The author, Nathaniel Branden, had a strong convincing message. He explained some situations that people can relate to and then he had exercises so we can actually fix or change it. He lets the reader know that it is never too late to change your life around and take control of it instead of crawling back. He helps you analyze your self-esteem and your sense of worth.
He attempts to help out the reader with his or her life with multiple examples of life experiences. He helps with self-respect that may have been lost along the way as we grow up.
Many people do know that they have low self-esteem and may have bought this book for that reason. They're just one step closer to having a better life with higher self-esteem and can actually help other people rather than competing with people. There are so many things you can learn from this book. You can learn how to overcome some real life situations and discover more about yourself as well.
I personally enjoyed this book. It was a little hard for me to comprehend it at times but I got the overall message. It was nice to read something I can relate to and put myself in those situations and solve my problems on my own. It was satisfying to know that I can help myself in the confidence of my own home all in one little book. Some might say it is embarrassing to admit having low self-esteem because it's not a trait people desire or admire. So I think that this self-help book was needed for people with those thoughts. I think making the first step to even buy a self-help book is a great step in its own and after that it's all reading from there and learning to accept advice and do the exercise that are given to help you out.
I would recommend this book to everyone because even people with high self-esteem can possibly get some useful tips from it. It's useful and effective. It makes you realize some things you haven't before and I think that's great.
In seeking help of the kind this book is offering, it's helpful to understand the limitations of self-help books in general. If you can afford therapy, then I strongly recommend that you seek therapy. An interesting question for you to ask yourself might be - if I need help, why must it be SELF-help? If the answer isn't money, I'd advise you to rethink it.
I've worked with this great book for over a year, and I have been to therapy for several months. My impression is that there are improvements that are MUCH HARDER to achieve on your own. I think some of the reasons for me were:
- As I worked on my own, my defense mechanisms were trying to make it easy for me, by dealing with problems that were relatively easy for me to deal with. For instance, it was easier for me to deal with my problems in my relashionships with my friends, so I avoided my relashionships with members of my family. Naturally, the latter have significantly more effect on me.
- A self-help book tries to help as many people as possible, therefore describing many different problems that people have. Another defense mechanism would make me adopt problems which I don't have, as it is much easier to deal with problems that you do not have. A therapist can help you filter these out.
- Finally, any amount of words written in a book could not have the effect for me of the nurturing relationship with a human being, that seems empathetic to my problems, is dedicated, and accompanies me on this very difficult, painful and frightening quest for happiness.
If you do decide to buy this book, be prepared for a long rewarding journey, with ups and downs, pain, anger and tough decisions to make.
The two things I liked most about this book: First, it helped me feel good enough about myself to be able to seek help, to share my problems with a therapist, and gave me hope (by proving it) that good may come out of it. The second, it is honest. As opposed to the many "Suddenly it's all so simple and easy..." self-help books, it prepares you for hard work, and does not pretend to have some voodoo technique of helping you. Thanks
"If you want to nurture the self-esteem of another, we need to relate to that person from our vision of his or her value and worth, providing an experience of acceptance and respect. We need to understand that all of us tend to underestimate our inner resources- and to keep that thought at the center of our awareness."
For the price and it not being a long book I believe it will be worth your time
There's no wallowing in self pity, or inner-child nonsense, or blaming a dysfunctional family here; Branden's message is simple and effective: You're an adult, and you can take control of your life. With some simple excercises, he shows you how.