The self-help profession is full of a myriad of various books, instructional DVDs, and more that are aimed at helping you be a better you. But how do you know which of these approaches will be most effective for you? Rather than watch entire DVD series or read through entire books, sometimes it can be best to simply read a summary of some of the top works in a particular sub-genre of self-help. In this article, we will review three of the top self-help books regarding Self Esteem and how to further develop it.
Self Esteem Bible
Written by the United Kingdom’s top confidence expert, Gael Lindenfield, this book is written into 365 different pieces of advice regarding your self esteem. Developed in a far more digestible manner (read a piece of advice to start each day or cover multiple entries in one setting), this wonderfully helpful book covers a variety of topics where self esteem issues can differ, including work, relationships, social outings and more.
Whether you need an occasional confidence boost or plan to follow this daily as a self esteem developing program/guide, Lindenfield’s work sheds light on positive, achievable opportunities for successes, both small and large.
Penned by Nathaniel Branden, considered by many to be the preeminent authority of self esteem as a psychological study, this book is vast in its expansive review of self esteem, including its roots and causes for development (and developmental issues), as well as actively providing a six step (the six pillars noted in the title) action place to actively work to improve self esteem. Branden focuses most specifically on the application of self esteem development (and trigger issues) within five major areas: workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy and culture.
Branden’s book is far more technical in nature and relies heavily on his background within the field of psychology (both from his own research standpoint and previous works developed before him). Seen as the definitive study on self esteem as a personal science, this is a great read for individuals interested in more fully understanding esteem as a whole. With tips ranging from buying elevator shoes to increase your height to wearing new styles of clothes to improve your appearance, this book has everything you’re looking for if you need a confidence boost.
How To Build Self Esteem And Be Confident
Taking a somewhat different approach than Nathaniel Branden’s highly scientific exploration into self esteem and the catalysts which stifle it, Maddy Malhotra investigates a byproduct of poor self esteem: the goals and actions we want to achieve but either failed at or never pursued. Malhotra explores the connection between the beliefs we hold for ourselves and how those beliefs create a self-fulfilling prophecy when it comes to our outcomes (or the non-action taken toward a desired outcome due to a lack of confidence in ourselves). Through this innovative and incredibly positive book, Malhotra articulates effective ways we can learn from our past experiences, re-identify our perceptions of ourselves and develop more positive outcomes through increased confidence which can reinforce a healthier self esteem.