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Boosting Self-Esteem for Dummies
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Boosting Self-Esteem for Dummies Learn to: Leave behind negative modes of thinking Understand the psychology of self-esteem Use a variety of effective techniques to build self-esteem for a happier and healthier life Give yourself a boost with cognitive behavioural therapy Cognitive behavioural therapists Rethink your self-image and be comfortable in your own skin Fact: even individuals who radiate confidence on the outside can still have low self-esteem. Whether you're someone who puts on a front or a shy, retiring type who frets about what other people think, this practical guide can help you to conquer insecurities, get assertive and let your inner strength shine through. So what are you waiting for? Understand the theories - get to grips with what self-esteem means and how it affects your outlook Be honest with yourself - acknowledge your best bits (and your limitations) and identify the positive effects of your thoughts and actions Discover boosting techniques - banish feelings of inadequacy by indulging in exercises and hobbies that exhilarate you Give other people a break - understand when a compliment is a compliment and take criticism constructively Go all-out - reassess your day-to-day priorities and map out what you really want from life Open the book and find: Strategies for getting to the bottom of the real you Effective ways to record fluctuating moods and feelings CBT techniques for stimulating self-encouragement Advice on dealing with counter-productive comparisons Guidance on tackling social phobias, body dysmorphia and eating disorders Tips on maintaining self-discipline How to foster better relationships at home and at work
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Self-Esteem 9 Chapter 1: Explaining Self-Esteem 11 Chapter 2: Exploring the Effects of Low Self-Esteem 23 Chapter 3: Working Out Your Self-Worth 45 Part II: Acknowledging That You're Okay As You Are 59 Chapter 4: Judging Yourself Compassionately, Accurately and Objectively 61 Chapter 5: Finding a Functional Focus 77 Chapter 6: Becoming Comfortable with Who You Are 89 Chapter 7: Building a Better Body Image 111 Chapter 8: Spotlighting Personal Development 125 Part III: Taking On New Techniques 139 Chapter 9: Speaking the Language of Love 141 Chapter 10: Rewriting Your Own History 161 Chapter 11: Proving Your Worth to Yourself 191 Part IV: Looking at the Ripple Effects of Low Self-Esteem 209 Chapter 12: Romancing and Relationships 211 Chapter 13: Working with Others 227 Part V: Living Like You Mean It 245 Chapter 14: Honouring Commitments to Yourself 247 Chapter 15: Living According to Your Values 261 Chapter 16: Developing Self-Discipline 275 Part VI: The Part of Tens 293 Chapter 17: Ten Hallmarks of Healthy Self-Esteem 295 Chapter 18: Ten Habits for Honing Healthy Self-Esteem303 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Give Your Self-Esteem a Lift 311 Appendix: Resources 319 Index 323

About the Author

Rhena Branch and Rob Willson are cognitive behavioural therapists at the Priory Hospital in London, and the authors of the best-selling titles Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies.

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