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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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From Publishers Weekly
Self-esteem expert Branden outlines the six characteristics that define his guide to better living, emphasizing personal responsibility and self-reliance.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Branden, who has already explored issues of self-esteem in The Psychology of Self-Esteem , LJ 2/1/70, and How To Raise Your Self-Esteem, LJ 3/15/87, argues that acquiring high self-esteem is essential to a person's survival in the world. His core assertions are believable enough , but he does not outline the six pillars until well into the book, which is too late to hook the reader. Ultimately, this is a repetitive, verbose, and somewhat rambling book. Better choices would be Richard Bednar's more scholarly Self-Esteem: Paradoxes and Innovations in Clinical Theory and Practice (American Psychological Assn., 1989) or, for public libraries, Matthew McKay, Self-Esteem (New Harbinger, 1992). Not recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/93.
- Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp. Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Part I - Self Esteem Basic Principles. This frames the remainder of the book and gives context to definitions, and what good Self Esteem Produces in a person. Self Esteem consists of Self Efficacy (confindence in the functioning of our mind) and Self Respect....5 STAR
Part II - Internal Sources of Self Esteem. This covers the 6 Pillars of self Esteem; Living Conciously, Self Acceptance, Self Responsibility, Self Assertiveness, Living Purposefully, and Personal Integrity....Excellent information that can be applied directly to the 'self' or taught to others...5 STAR
Part III - External Influences: Self and Others. This covers external things that may influence our 'self' to include schools, work, and culture. This is where your head may begin to crook sideways a bit. The focus of Part III became almost argumentative in nature and veered away from the theme's in Part II. It is almost as if Branden is on a personal agenda to dismantle politics, organized cultures, and especially religion in the name of preserving the 'self'. It is as if his life long work on Self Esteem becomes his religion that he believes should be adopted by industry, schools, and society. A little distracting, but take what applies. However, the piece on Nurturing a Childs Self Esteem in this section is very good....2 STAR.
I recommend the book - many other 'Self Help' books are off-shoots to his core lessons on self esteem. Most social and personal issues can be traced back to self esteem in some way, and after reading this book, you'll really understand this. It was personally beneficial for me and I will apply many of the lessons to my family.
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.
Though sometimes the writing style is difficult to understand the first read through (sometimes I have to go back and reread a sentence), I really like how the author compares low self-esteem thinking with what your thinking should be to secure your healthy self-esteem. It's helped me do better personally and professionally.
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.