The Myth of Self-esteem: How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Myth of Self-esteem Provides an explanation of self-esteem and self-acceptance, examining the thinking of great religious teachers, philosophers, and psychologists. This work also includes exercises for training oneself to change self-defeating habits to the healthy, positive approach of self-acceptance.
- Published: 20 October 2005
- Format: Paperback 340 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781591023548 ISBN 10: 1591023548
- Sales rank: 89,803
Full description for The Myth of Self-esteem
What exactly is self-esteem? Most people, as well as many psychologists and educators, believe we need it, that it's good for our emotional well-being, and that it makes us more successful. World-renowned psychologist Albert Ellis says no, it's all a myth. According to Ellis, self-esteem is probably the greatest emotional disturbance known to humans. Self-esteem results in each of us praising ourselves when what we do is approved by others. But we also damn ourselves when we don't do well enough and others disapprove of us. What we need more than self-esteem, Ellis maintains, is self-acceptance! In "The Myth of Self-Esteem", Ellis provides a lively and insightful explanation of self-esteem and self-acceptance, examining the thinking of great religious teachers, philosophers, and psychologists, including Lao Tsu, Jesus, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Buber, Heidegger, Sartre, Tillich, DT Suzuki, the Dalai Lama, Carl Rogers, and Nathaniel Branden, among others. He then provides exercises for training oneself to change self-defeating habits to the healthy, positive approach of self-acceptance. These include specific thinking techniques as well as emotive and behavioural exercises. He concludes by stressing that unconditional self-acceptance is the basis for establishing healthy relationships with others, along with unconditional other-acceptance and a total philosophy of life anchored in unconditional life-acceptance.