The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field [Paperback]

Nathaniel Branden (Author)

Release date: May 1, 1995

Nathaniel Branden's book is the culmination of a lifetime of clinical practice and study, already hailed in its hardcover edition as a classic and the most significant work on the topic. Immense in scope and vision and filled with insight into human motivation and behavior, The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem is essential reading for anyone with a personal or professional interest in self-esteem. The book demonstrates compellingly why self-esteem is basic to psychological health, achievement, personal happiness, and positive relationships.  

Branden introduces the six pillars-six action-based practices for daily living that provide the foundation for self-esteem-and explores the central importance of self-esteem in five areas: the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and the culture at large.  The work provides concrete guidelines for teachers, parents, managers, and therapists who are responsible for developing the self-esteem of others.  And it shows why-in today's chaotic and competitive world-self-esteem is fundamental to our personal and professional power.

Reader reviews from

Pass It On, September 1, 2012 - by KT "reader" (Northern NJ)

My college-age son grabbed this book off the bookstore shelf and handed it to me saying he had found it really helpful. "Do the exercises, Mom." So, I bought it and read it. Knowing my son had benefitted from the book gave me more motivation to get through it. I later found his copy and re-read the book piloted by his copy's margin notes and underlines. Now, I have given several copies away and am spreading the word.

The book will enlighten you on the value of taking responsibility for the effects of your own actions, but it will also teach you to find your voice, your true north and hold onto it as a precious gift. I didn't follow the exercises as my son suggested, but still found the book liberating and pivotal in my life. I've shared it with friends, my other children and my therapist. Very valuable.

This book boosted me up one big step on my personal journey, August 24, 1999 - By  Jacqueline Hochhausen (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

I originally began reading Nathaniel Branden's books about 4 or 5 years ago. I began doing sentence completion every weekday morning to start off my day over a year ago. I cannot begin to express how deeply indebted I feel to Branden for providing a format for people to work on their self-development on their own and at their own pace. Thanks to Branden's books (among others), I have become so much more aware of myself, what has been holding me back from achieving, how we all look for excuses and chances to be the victim. For your own sake, please read his books, but more importantly, do the sentence completion exercises on a regular basis. And hopefully you will meet and become acquainted with one of the most fascinating people in the world - yourself. Enjoy!