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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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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.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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 It felt very out of date and out of touch with the world how it is today.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Old fashioned

Any additional comments?

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even passed away a few years ago, so you need to understand this is very very old fashioned and therefore mostly outdated advice.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

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Old fashioned nonsense!

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

NO.

Any additional comments?

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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

Any additional comments?

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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My thoughts

Informative, grounded and well executed. I respected his word more by the fact he gave his own personal experiences openly to times he did not exercise the 6 pillars of self respect and the consequences of such actions.
The exercises he has given I have began to use day to day and I am conscious of the increase of my self awareness to how the 6 pillars affect my life and to applying them and that effort and courage is truly needed.

I have one piece of constructive criticism; to those who listen and do not have such a wide and well developed vocabulary would struggle to follow this audible in places, I think the book would deliver itself better if it was slightly simpler.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Taken advantage of often or act fake? Read this

What did you like most about The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem?

In depth discussion of why people doubt themselves. A bit heavy for a first read if you're finally taking a step to change your life. Come back after the second or third book, then it's pure magic (Steve Peter's chimp management and Paul Mcgee's Self Confidence are good starters the Brene Brown's The Gift of Imperfection). Awful audio though but it's worth it.

What other book might you compare The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem to, and why?

Paul Mcgee Self confidence, Steve Peter's Chimp management.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dr. Nathaniel Branden?

Andrew Macmillan

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's talk on self acceptance and self assertion are nothing short of life changing. Self responsibility seems helpful for those who feel they don't have a habit on life, but if you're buying the book for you, i'm guessing you're aware that you "can" change your life.

Any additional comments?

If you have self confidence issues, and have actively been trying to address it buy reading and making life changes this is can be final nail in the coffin for your self doubt and lack of self worth. Along with it's much long awaited burial ceremony.

11 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Unhelpful, unfounded

The worst snake oil and Mumbo jumbo, I’ve ever come across. Ridiculous far fetched nonsense

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Changed the way I approach everyday

Love how the book gives you excersies to apply the thinking you learn. Eye opening.

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  • Leslie, step mom 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......

51 of 54 people found this review helpful

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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.

42 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Coffee4Life
  • 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!!!

Any additional comments?

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! :(

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff Redondo
  • 22-06-18

The content is good...the narrator is boring

I enjoyed the content, practical steps and exercises spoke about in the book. The narrator is monotone and boring. This book is good for those that are looking for writing prompts and tools to improve their self esteem.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • 20-12-16

Not for me.

Any additional comments?

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.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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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!

35 of 41 people found this review helpful

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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.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • W1992
  • 18-11-16

Totally bored me, so old fashioned and horrible

What would have made The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem better?

Being written more recently. So much of the advice is out of date and has been proven to be nonsense these days.

What was most disappointing about Dr. Nathaniel Branden’s story?

I just found it incredibly dull, it put me to sleep.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very boring, made me want to fall asleep.

Any additional comments?

I really found this was no help at all. It took me 3 attempts to make it through the whole book, but it did make me want to fall asleep rather than help with my esteem issues!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful