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am 20. Dezember 1999
Don't be fooled by the cheesy title that makes this book look like yet another self-help book. This is an intelligent and open-minded approach to living your life.
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am 19. November 2014
I am now in the process of reading, but so far the book has turned my life upside down, in the best way possible!

My full review will be posted when I am ready to write it.

For now I can only truly, deeply recommend this book to everyone - those who want to help themselves, the parents who want to raise a happy child and I suppose to the psychology students, who want to learn from a years gathered personal and professional experience of the author.

15.12.2015 // Here I am one year later. This book lasts to be the one that really helped me rebuild the foundation on my self-esteem. No matter what I do, what I read and how I develop as a person, I always have in mind these principles. Did I keep my integrity? Was I honest? Did I leave my happiness and future in the hands of other people?

The greatest lesson I learned, and I learned it from this book, is that I and only I am responsible for myself and my life. By doing the simple daily/weekly exercises I overcome the fear of looking deeper into myself, I learned to accept that some things are what they are, and other things I can change, I learned to forgive and most of all to forgive myself.

There is a list of questions in the book that will show you where your weak spots are and what issues do you have to work on. For me two of the question rang the bell. Well for the private matter of the answers to this questions, I would not share them here, but I will tell you that to the one of the questions I already had my suspicions and was not surprised it was an issue to me. The second one took me by surprise! This was a core issue I had but I never ever could have thought about it.

The book gives an extreme insight of oneself, which only through the guidance of an expert psychologist is possible. I am more than thankful to the author for sharing his knowledge and experience.

I highly recommend this foundation building book. Achieve a healthy and objective way of seeing yourself in the world, as a human being not separate from other people, but exactly like everyone else and be happy with yourself. This way you can move on and continue living, outside the burden of your own past and your own misconceptions.

You are your best friend. Be kind to yourself, respect yourself and forgive yourself.
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am 3. August 1999
This is the first comment I've ever placed. If there was ever a book I would support it would be this one. The book, in its value towards my life, has well exceeded its purchase price. I highly endorse it. He packs so much into it that I suggest it be read several times, attacked with highlighters, and underscored with pens, pencils, and crayons. There is a saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". Well...for many people (who want to improve their sense of self esteem) Nathaniel Brandon is that teacher. As Siskel and Ebert used to say "Two Thumbs Way UP!!!". Aloha
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am 1. Juni 2015
Das Buch ist das beste singuläre Werk zur Selbst-Optimierung und Analyse, dass ich persönlich gelesen habe. Ich habe das Buch selber ca. 1 Jahr lang gelesen, da die Erkenntnis so kondensiert ist (ohne Drumherum Geschwätz, wie man das sonst von amerikanischer Literatur kennt), dass man es fast nach jeder Seite weglegen muss und erstmal das gelesen verdauen und sich auch selbst dagegen reflektieren. Ich habe das Buch mittlerweile mehrfach verschenkt und ich muss zugeben, nicht jeder kann die gleiche Begeisterung aufbringen. Daher kann ich nur raten das nicht als einziges, oder erstes Werk zum diesem Themengebiet zu lesen. Das scheint nicht zu funktionieren. Davor sollte man sich schon mit dem Thema und seinem Wesen befasst haben. Ich finde das KLASSE!
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am 30. August 2010
Der Autor erklärt, worauf echtes Selbstbewußtsein basiert und wie man, Schritt für Schritt, Tag für Tag, das Vertrauen in sich selbst aufbauen kann. Absolut empfehlenswert.
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am 25. Juni 2000
I am a psychologist who works with self-esteem issues and almost from page one I had problems with this book. It is full of overgeneralizations and concepts that are inaccurate.
Brandon says, for instance, that "medium-self-esteem individuals" (his words) are "typically" attracted to others with medium self-esteem and that low-self-esteem-individuals are "typically" attracted to low-self-esteem-individuals" which, as a psychologist, I haven't found to be true. Instead I have found that individuals with low self-esteem may, indeed, be MORE COMFORTABLE with others who have a similar level of self-esteem, but they are most definitely ATTRACTED to those with higher levels of self-esteem, those who portray a strong sense of confidence, those who are independent, those who are positive, secure, upbeat, and have a sense of purpose in their lives. In fact, people with low self-esteem routinely attempt to attach themselves to people with healthy self-esteem, people others admire, because they enjoy a sense of self-importance and feel more secure themselves, when around people who seem to "have it together". Thus, I have found that people with low self-esteem only tend to gravitate to others who have low self-esteem AS A LAST RESORT, when they feel others are not accepting them, when they feel they don't fit in anywhere else. They definitely ARE NOT "ATTRACTED" to others who have low self-esteem. It's common, for instance, for young people who feel they don't fit in with the popular kids at school, to form their own groups--they ban together because they feel like outcasts. Inside, however, they would like to be friends with the same kids others admire. Forming gangs or groups of their own at least gives them a sense of belonging somewhere,of having a support group where they are not ridiculed, teased, or made to feel less adequate. If the truth were to be known, however, they too would say that they really just wanted to fit in with the regular kids in their schools and community.
The second problem I had with this book is that Brandon seems not to recognize that just as many people who have low self-esteem become "overachievers" as those who become "underachievers". Sorensen who wrote "Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem" thoroughly explains this this and also how low self-esteem is in itself, a motivator for many people--that anger and a desire to prove oneself adequate and competent can spur people to achieve as much or more than they might have, had they not had low self-esteem. Many highly successful people in all fields have low self-esteem but Brandon doesn't seem to understand this. Brandon doesn't recognize that low self-esteem, though a negative factor, is, indeed, still a true motivator for many who have low self-esteem. These comments come from early in the book. I read somewhat further but found far too many "distortions" in his concepts to want to finish the book. While I know he has had a huge impact on the early understanding of self-esteem, it seems he has not refined his early concepts, as one often has to do, and it concerns me that the average reader who is not well versed in self-esteem issues, will not necessarily realize the problems in his theories.
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am 20. Dezember 1999
Don't be fooled by the cheesy title that makes this book look like yet another self-help book. This is an intelligent and open-minded approach to living your life, and it's practically changed mine.
I am someone who only recently realized how low my self-esteem had been throughout life. I had undergone some brief non-medicated therapy that helped, but the real progress I've made and continue to make comes from reading books like this one. I was concerned that in order for this book to "work," I'd have to acquiesce into the author's way of thinking, but my concurrence has been natural throughout. With every recommendation Branden suggests, I ask myself if it would be better to accept this suggestion than not to, and I have yet to reject Dr. Branden's advice.
If you're looking for happiness, more self-esteem, and/or a solid philosophy on how to live your life, this book is it.
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am 3. Dezember 2013
Der erste Teil ist schlichtweg genial und schafft es, das komplexe Thema Selbstwertgefühl in sechs Bereiche aufzugliedern und für jeden verständlich und einleuchtend darzustellen. Ich habe sogar den Eindruck, dass dieses Buch es schafft, Massen von psychologischer Literatur auf den alles entscheidenden Kern zu verdichten, auf den alle weiteren Phänomene und Krankheitsbilder zurückgeführt werden können. Kurz gesagt, aus diesem Buch kann wirklich jeder noch etwas für sich lernen. Alle Teilbereiche des Selbstwertgefühls werden entsprechend transparent beleuchtet, so dass man für sich feststellen kann, wo man weit entwickelt ist bzw. noch Defizite hat. Obwohl einfach geschrieben, hat mich noch kein Buch zu so tiefem Nachdenken bzw. Erkenntnisgewinn über mich selbst geführt.
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am 1. November 1996
The six pillars theory explains how we function
and why we feel this way or another. It is very
consistent and practical. It gives understanding
of our moods and motivation. I have been using it
with great success. The book is like a "How to use ME"
manual I recomend to any person interested in self
development. It works! I think Nathaniel Branden
deserves a Nobel Prize for the "Six Pillars" theory
(if you know how to nominate him, let me know).
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am 21. Januar 2000
If I could only recommend one book for everyone to read, this would be it. This is just one of those books that I just pick up sometimes and start reading a page or two and I'm never disappointed. At first I thought the sentence completions would be cheesy, but after trying them I've stuck with them for five weeks. It has really turned my life around more than I could have hoped before I read it. I'm forever indebted to this man.
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