In A Woman′s Self–Esteem, psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden shares personal stories and intimate accounts of how women struggling with issues of self–esteem have transformed themselves and created 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. Branden, the author of the acclaimed book The Six Pillars of Self–Esteem, 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. To support women in this quest, the book is filled with creative exercises developed to enhance personal development and fortify self–esteem. The book also contains the provocative essay Was Ayn Rand a Feminist? which relates issues of self–esteem to contemporary feminism.
In addition to the inspirational personal stories, A Women′s Self–Esteem is filled with effective strategies that can help solve common and frustrating problems ranging from convincing family members to help with the housework to short–circuiting a lover s sarcastic remarks. This book also offers practical tactics for resolving more complex issues such as how to overcome self–doubt or reveal our vulnerabilities to those closest to us.
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 such as romantic love, jealousy, fear of selfishness, expressing anger, defensiveness, and success anxiety. 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.
A Guide for Learning the Positive Steps to Building a Stronger Sense of Self
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.
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?