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The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field Paperback – May 1, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Bantam; Reprint edition (May 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553374397
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553374391
- Item Weight : 10.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.92 x 8.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first half of the book is life changing. I bolted through it in a few hours. It gave me a realization that pulled me out of a 9 month on and off depression. Since reviewing some of the material whenever I feel down, along with other resources, it gave me insight and clarity in my life that has sustained joy in the past 3 months. I hope it continues. The most significant part that brought me to awareness was his quote about his dog, that I have shared with many others. He says his dog is focused on enjoying the outdoors, chasing squirrels and sniffing flowers, not worried at all about being "happier" than the other dogs. I don't know if it impacts others the way it did for me, because it was incredibly applicable to my own situation. I realized the significance and potential of this book to impact my life after reading that, and began taking notes seriously.
The second half of the book, in contrast to the first half... took quite a while to finish. It was dry, convoluted, and many of the same ideas are restated. It's his observations, theories and philosophy, and not really applicable to me. I finished it at last today. Just read the first half where it introduces the concept of self esteem, and MAYBE the last few pages on "The Seventh Pillar" and the appendices.
If you have self-esteem problems, you must read it.
If you DON'T have self-esteem problems, you STILL should read it!
Here is a short video review for you to understand why.
Unfortunately, Part III of the book strays away from psychology and into the realm of philosophy. Here, Dr. Branden sounds more like his ex-lover Ayn Rand. Honestly, you can skip Part III of this book and still get more than your money's worth.
EDIT: Do read the final chapter, 18 - Conclusion: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem. Appendix B is also worthwhile.
If you have an analytical mind in addition to self-esteem struggles of any kind- you will be doing yourself a huge favor by introducing this book and all the content in it.
The book is vague, and aside from the examples (which a person may or may not identify with), the advice he gives is very abstract. Take responsibility for your life. Accept yourself. Be conscious. I'm having a very hard time wrapping my head around these concepts because there are obviously a lot more steps needed to fully understand them. Especially "be conscious." The author falls short at explaining the idea of consciousness and how it relates to self esteem.
The book is a difficult read. At first I questioned my own intelligence because I felt that I was reading certain sentences repeatedly without understanding what the author was getting at. Then I realized that Branden is a long-winded and sometimes contradictory writer, who doesn't fully respect the process of logical reasoning. This all became 100% clear to me when I realized he was a former lover of Ayn Rand. His writing is a worse version of Rand's writing. It's all the long-windedness and "what's-he-getting-at"s Rand is notorious for, but with less insights per page.
Practical tip- Upon finishing the book I would recommend that one would put the 52 week self esteem sentence completion plan in the back of the book into practice, as well as read over the "Beliefs about self esteem" section daily to hammer into your mind beliefs that cater to the 6 pillars and help develop rock solid self esteem.
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I bought this book 3 years ago and was surprised how good it was, but i didn’t do the weekly tasks suggested at the end of each pillar’s chapter. It wasn’t until the beginning of the year I decided to do all of the tasks in the book which technically has enough weekly journaling tasks run for around 6-8months. I’m currently on the 13th week (just about to finish the 3rd pillar of self-responsibility) and I can see a great deal of change already. I’ve become more self-aware, accepting of self and self responsible. I’ve also noticed I have more assertive and purposeful and have not even started the weekly journaling for this!
I truly, truly recommend this book if you want to develop healthier self-esteem.