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Self-Esteem For Dummies

S. Renee Smith, Vivian Harte

ISBN: 978-1-118-96710-2 December 2014 384 Pages


Boost your self-esteem and truly believe that you are perfectly awesome

Looking to get your hands on some more self-esteem? You're not alone. Thankfully, Self-Esteem For Dummies presents clear, innovative, and compassionate methods that help you identify the causes of low self-esteem—as well the lowdown on the consequences. Packed with trusted, hands-on advice to help you improve your overall self-worth, Self-Esteem For Dummies arms you with the proven tools and techniques for learning how to think and behave with more self-assurance at work, in social situations, and even in relationships.

Self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts, relationships, and experiences. When you were growing up, your successes, failures, and how you were treated by your family, teachers, coaches, religious authorities, and peers determined how you feel about yourself. But you can shift your thinking and reclaim your self-worth with the help of Self-Esteem For Dummies.

  • Helps you understand the ranges of self-esteem and the benefits of promoting self-esteem
  • Arms you with the tools to learn how to think and behave with more self-assurance
  • Covers the importance of mental wellbeing, assertiveness, resilience, and more
  • Shows you how to improve your self-image, increase personal power, and feel better about yourself

If you're looking to boost your sense of self-worth, Self-Esteem For Dummies sets you on the path to a more confident, awesome you.

Introduction  1

Part I: The Lowdown on Self-Esteem  5

Chapter 1: The Nature of Self-Esteem  7

Chapter 2: Understanding the Impacts of Low Self-Esteem  19

Chapter 3: Where Does Low Self-Esteem Come From?  29

Chapter 4: Measuring Your Self-Esteem  43

Part II: Expressing a Positive Attitude  53

Chapter 5: Affirming and Visualizing Your Better Self  55

Chapter 6: Nurturing Yourself to Create Happiness  67

Chapter 7: Creating a Healthy Body Image  83

Part III: Changing Your Negative Thoughts and Coming to Grips with Being a Perfectionist  97

Chapter 8: Dealing with Your Negative Self-Talk  99

Chapter 9: Analyzing Perfectionism  115

Chapter 10: Dealing Positively with Perfectionism  127

Part IV: Growing Your Self-Esteem  137

Chapter 11: Increasing Your Confidence through Self-Awareness  139

Chapter 12: Moving Beyond the Fear That’s Zapping Your Faith  159

Chapter 13: Creating and Reaching Your Goals  171

Part V: Dissolving Internal Barriers to Success in Love and Work  183

Chapter 14: Examining Your Role in Creating Conflicts in Your Relationships  185

Chapter 15: Rewriting Your Love Story  201

Chapter 16: Getting Beyond Loving Love  215

Chapter 17: Improving Personal Relationships  229

Chapter 18: Re-Creating Your Image for Professional Success  243

Chapter 19: Managing Your Relationships at Work  263

Chapter 20: Presenting with Confidence  279

Part VI: Nurturing Self-Esteem in Others  293

Chapter 21: Helping Family and Friends  295

Chapter 22: Helping Children and Teens Achieve Healthy Self-Esteem  309

Part VII: The Part of Tens  323

Chapter 23: Ten Famous People Who Raised Their Self-Esteem  325

Chapter 24: Ten Approaches to Pursuing Excellence  337

Chapter 25: Ten Tips for Quickly Improving Your Self-Esteem  347

Index  355