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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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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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I didn't like it.

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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 It felt very out of date and out of touch with the world how it is today.

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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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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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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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excellent advice

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

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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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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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Very insightful

I found this book on first listen very insightful even though I haven’t yet attempted the exercises. However, I have implemented a few of the recommendations. I feel it has helped improve my self worth and I have found myself having more confidence in my abilities and self
Very enjoyable to listen to and I intend to attempt the exercises while listening again
JJ

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Excellent Audio book

I’d definitely recommend this audio book!
I find other audio books can sometimes speak in poetry or riddles that can bore you or confuse you to the point you have to try decode the statement.
This author is very clear and relatable with the examples given and everything is understanding and makes you stop and think about yourself.

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  • Jeff Redondo
  • 22-06-18

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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  • Homa
  • 06-06-19

Boring Voice!

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

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  • Leslie, children's author and teacher😊
  • 14-02-15

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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  • Anca
  • 21-07-15

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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  • Graham
  • 05-08-16

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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  • Kelly RN
  • 25-05-14

So So

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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  • Anthonny Aguilar
  • 12-02-18

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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  • Ian
  • 20-12-16

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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  • Steve
  • 21-06-08

Look Elsewhere

I barely made it halfway through this audiobook and couldn't take any more. Maybe it is just personal taste, but I found it very longwinded and repetitive. When I reached the part where the author started rambling on about his obsessive relationship with Ayn Rand, I knew this wasn't the tape for me. On a positive note, this tape did cause me to look elsewhere, and I eventually ended up purchasing "Ten Days to Self Esteem" (workbook, not audio) by Dr. David Burns. I recommend this workbook highly, as I am already seeing great improvements in my mood and self esteem. I hope this helps.

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  • Dreama
  • 03-08-17

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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