--Barbara McFarland, psychologist and author of My Mother Was Right
Based on the intimate stories of women who have struggled with issues of self-esteem, this invaluable book offers step-by-step guidance for women who want to transform themselves and create lives that are powerful, energized, and motivated.
A Woman's Self-Esteem is also a guide for helping women learn the impact they can make on their own lives and how their positive actions will result in a stronger sense of competence and self-worth. A pioneer in the field of self-esteem, psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden explains that the foundation of a healthy self-esteem rests on six key practices or virtues--living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, purposeful living, and personal integrity--and reveals how women can cultivate these essential virtues to reach their full potential. The author's inspiring, real-life vignettes show how women have come to terms with these complex issues by breaking away from self-sabotaging patterns and taking the necessary steps to create more satisfying lives.
In A Woman's Self-Esteem, Branden debunks common myths and reminds us that self-esteem is not a gift given to us by others. Branden offers a revealing examination of the special issues that women grapple with including romantic love, jealousy, fear of selfishness, expressing anger, defensiveness, and success anxiety. Filled with creative exercises, A Woman's Self Esteem was developed to enhance personal development and fortify self-esteem.
Part One: The Basic Steps.
1. The Importance of Self Esteem.
2. Living Consciously.
4. Embracing our Strengths.
7. Living Purposefully.
Part Two: Special Issues.
9. Romantic Love.
10. Fear of Selfishness.
12. Expressing Anger.
14. Success Anxiety.
Part Three: Empowering Strategies.
15. Trying Something Different.
16. Knowing our Boundaries.
17. Building a Career.
18. Experimenting in Intimacy.
19. Choosing Happiness.
Appendix: Was Ayn Rand a Feminist?