Honoring the Self: The Pyschology of Confidence and Respect Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1985
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"Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem," says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, "and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence--and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself--your self-esteem--is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life."
How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect.
How to nurture self-esteem in children.
How to break free of guilt and fear of others' disapproval.
How to honor the self--the ethics of rational self-interest.
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I have read several of Branden's other books as well as his audio tapes (which I also highly recommend). Without overdoing the hyperbole, this book has been the single most important positive phenomenon in my life. I have read MANY self-help books, but none have given me more access to myself or allowed me to liberate myself more.
The writing is dense, but never overwhelming. Sometimes a single paragraph would occupy my mind for hours as 'the lights would come on'. Branden is brilliant. I have read the book 3 times over the past 2 years and have bought about a dozen copies (even in Spanish) for friends.
He has some fairly strong thoughts regarding some religions that might put some people on the defensive, but there is truth in what he says.
Nathaniel Branden's books will attest. This was the first theoretical book I read of Branden's. I was first introduced to this amazing author's work in his action-oriented _How to Raise Your Self-Esteem_.
There is no exaggerating in saying _Honoring the Self_ is life-changing in it's psychological and philsophical implications. It explains so much in terms of what self-esteem actually is and how it can be understood to affect any life pursuit or relationship you can imagine. The most important pursuit and relationship being one's happiness and self-actualization. Chapters on fear and guilt inspire self-exploration to depths we often neglect.
The final section of the book offers a brief summary of the philosophical and political foundations necessary for a society of self-esteem. From an ethics of rational self-interest to a political economic system of free markets, this section is sure to provoke a re-thinking of some of your cherished beliefs.
It is an excellent foundation for further research into self-esteem, philosophy and economics. However, if your primary interest is just self-esteem, the author's _The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem_ would be your next rewarding read.
It is rare that a book will seem new and fresh with every read, but _Honoring the Self_ does just that. Read it twice, thrice, as many times as you can before it falls apart. Then buy another copy!
The message is simple and straightforward, and it's the same one Branden has been repeating for a long time. It's about taking responsibility for your life, and learning to value what's good about yourself. It might change you life.
One of the most profound insights is that some of our seemingly hard-to-solve personal problems with our 'self' can be traced to an undeveloped self within our psyche such as our 'child self.' In our development as a child, for example, if we did not go though completely a natural cycle of development, or if a piece of the development is missing, that particular self may be crying to be completed within us. To get to the root of some of our problems we have to peer into these undeveloped selves and try to reconstruct why it was undeveloped and attempt to relive the event(s) to compensate for the loss in development. Sometimes it is like trying to peel away the layers of an onion - getting to the root of a psychological effect - but the effort is well worth it. I can testify from personal applications of Branden's approach.
This is very well written, rational, easy to read, and based on sound practice from Branden's clinical career.
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The author nevers uses one word when three will do. His methods are as simplistic as his prose is dense. Read morePublished on June 23 2012 by Heather
This is a great book if you want to improve yourself. I'm a little over half way through it and I have been doing the techniques he mentioned. The effect they have is amazing. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2010 by S. berger
Oh, where do I start... Life has so many layers and we are so blind to most of them as long as we refuse to see through those layers on the surface. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
I ascertain that this book is exceptionally insightful into human psychology and human fulfillment. I seek to say a few words from my innermost convictions that I hope will cause... Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Mark Baum
In the early 90's, after I decided to go on a self-actualization quest, I gratefully discovered Nathaniel Branden. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by Carmen Matthews
Seldom has a book, or an author, had such an impact on me as this one. Branden shows so clearly how we can achieve self-worth, self-acceptance,and it opens our eyes on how we stand... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2000 by S. Forrester http://www.SuccessForYou.net