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Publisher's Summary

In The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Nathaniel Branden presents the culminating achievement of a lifetime of clinical practice and research. In this penetrating and provocative program, he conclusively demonstrates the importance of self-esteem in our quest for psychological health, personal achievement, and positive relationships.

"Yet how do we gain true self-esteem?" Dr. Branden introduces the six pillars of self-esteem - six action-based practices for daily living. Here for the first time are simple but powerful exercises for increasing personal awareness and effectiveness. Exploring the importance of self-esteem in the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and society, Dr. Branden provides guidelines for those responsible for fostering self-esteem in others - and shows why a culture of self-esteem is imperative for survival in the 21st century.

©1994 Nathaniel Brandon (P)2000 Audio Renaissance

Critic Reviews

"The father of the concept of self-esteem has written his masterpiece." (Warren Bennis)
"The ultimate work on self-esteem. Truly a classic." (T. George Harris, former editor of American Health and Psychology Today)

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Great content; boring delivery

The content and the ideas of this book is great but the voice is boring and monotonous. I enjoyed the exercises, the examples, and thoughts behind the book but the narrator bad.

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Boring Voice!

The most boring voice! I kept on rewinding and after so many tries, I quit.

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Like listening to a psych professor but no help.

Spend your money on a book that offers you a way or ways to improve your self esteem. This book simply explains why yours is low.
if that's what you want to know, then this is a good book. Note how many books this author has written on this topic......

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Not very motivational

High expectations

The book was not very engaging nor motivational, too scholastic and dry as presentation.

The ideas are on another hand precious and useful, would apply some.

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Really DULL!!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is having trouble getting to sleep - believe me this will help!!!

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Very boring. The narration was dull but the actual script he had to work with was so boring! ok i did get a few things from it but generally this was no help at all. It was written like it was for a child, not an adult with actual self-esteem issues. Waste of money! :(

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Power of Self-esteem For People In A Hurry

Seemed like I was reading a similar personal development book written just years before this was written. Sometimes had trouble not understanding what he was implying. Overall, positive concept.

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Wasn't real crazy about this book. There may have been a few good suggestions in this book, however overall the book was of very little use. The best part of the book was the last chapter. Other than that I can't say I would recommend this book.

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Heavily abridged

I thought the length seemed a little short. Following along with my book, there are passages and at times several pages omitted from the audiobook. Often very important information, without which the flow of the authors discussion is lost. It is still very helpful and enlightening but I feel like I was cheated. If an audiobook is abridged, it should always be advertised.

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Not for me.

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Like a lot of other reviewers, I found this very old fashioned and boring, not really anything new or relevant to the world we live in today.

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Do not recommend

Really regret this purchase. Content was so dry that it was difficult to pay attention. I found out in 2nd to last chapter the author had committed infidelity and felt as if I had wasted so much time listening to anything he had to say. Glad he learned something from it but I have no respect for that and definitely wish I had saved my money!

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  • 04-15-15

Informative but dull

I can see how this may help people develop there own self esteem and others around them. However I think the book may have been better than the audio as unfortunately I found Brandan's voice tedious.

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  • 06-30-19

Terrible audio

Although the sample is ok you can’t focus the way this guy speaks is horrendous the sssssss sounds everywhere goes straight through you making you cringe like someone is scraping nails down a chalk board is making my skin crawl. I listened for 35 minutes and couldn’t do any more

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  • Audioaddict
  • 11-29-16

I didn't like it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I didn't like it. I wanted help with self esteem issues but instead i appear to have got a book written many many years ago. It felt very out of date and out of touch with the world how it is today.

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  • Open Ears
  • 10-03-16

DULL.

Would you try another book written by Dr. Nathaniel Branden or narrated by Dr. Nathaniel Branden?

Never again. Not unless I want to go to sleep.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dr. Nathaniel Branden’s performances?

NO.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not much. I guess i picked up a few points, but most of it is just repeating stuff you have all read on the internet. In a very dull tone.

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Very boring, Sorry, I have to be honest, i thought it was terrible and did nothing at all to help me with my esteem and confidence issues.

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  • Coffee please
  • 08-10-16

Old fashioned nonsense!

Would you try another book written by Dr. Nathaniel Branden or narrated by Dr. Nathaniel Branden?

NO.

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Old fashioned nonsense. Maybe in 1976, this book made sense but not in 2016. The world has changed and so to has the understanding of self-esteem. Horrible book, very patronising and offered me no hope whatsoever. Not for me.

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  • F. Cluney-hickford
  • 12-25-20

Really boring presentation

The content of the book is interesting but the audio book is presented in such a dull way it is quite difficult to keep engaged with the content. It also has some exercises that would probably work better if one had the book in hard copy.

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  • Eleanor Kelly
  • 11-05-20

most inspiring and sense making book I've everRead

loved it. helps to make sense of life.
inspired me to be a better and more successful person.
shows clear ways to build self esteem.
if you read one self help book it should be this one. it's the best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-17

excellent advice

an easy to listen to book full of sound and sage advice - would highly recommend it

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  • ListenEveryday
  • 12-22-16

Old fashioned

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It was written many years ago and the author even passed away a few years ago, so you need to understand this is very very old fashioned and therefore mostly outdated advice.

Avoid.

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  • Stelios
  • 11-25-21

The voice is giving me a headache

Can't listen to this for more than 10min. The voice is giving me headaches.

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  • Marc
  • 02-16-16

lots of words for delivered content

admittedly many books are like this. To do all exercises every day I think would take more time than I have.

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  • raghav
  • 02-22-17

Not great

Prefer the book over the audio version. Not sufficient details as in the actual book. The book is really good and I recommend the book.

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  • Samuel Lim
  • 05-25-21

Relatable and practical for transforming my life

Excellent insight, very relatable for me. I enjoyed the breakdown of how certain belief systems in religion messes up a child's self esteem. Also enjoyed the breakdown of the treatment from parents and teachers that effect self esteem.

Also found the stem sentence exercises very useful in bringing transformation in my life.

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  • Michael
  • 03-06-21

Not life changing, but makes a lot of sense.

The best takeaway from this book for me was explaining how to compliment, reward or reprimand the actions of our children instead of the children themselves. This makes so much sense and explains a lot of what I'm seeing with my own children going through school with teachers and systems that don't build self esteem no matter how hard they try.

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  • Jeff
  • 02-19-22

Meh

Not sure if it's just me being burnt out by too many self development books, but this never grabbed me and took me ages to finish.
If you're not engaged and there are large gaps in your listening you're probably not going to get much from any book, so I'll put this one down to "just me".

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  • Derek Jones
  • 12-15-20

Short but brillant

A brillant book which gives you the tools to boost your self esteem. A must listen.

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  • Simon
  • 09-02-20

Acting on knowing what needs to be done.

Listen to the text, complete the exercises and bring to awareness that which you probably know but are prepared to admit to yourself about yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-20

Great advice

Great advice, but often bored me to sit through especially when sitting for longer then 30mins.

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  • KatherineB
  • 10-20-19

Life changing

A life changing book. If you struggle with pain in life of any kind, read this book. It will point you to the root cause, and also offer practical solutions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-19

Excellent

Powerful concepts articulated well - the author is a true expert on the subject. Highly recommend.