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Recommendation

For anyone who is struggling with poor self-image or low self-esteem, this book is a must read. Those wrestling with career choices, work-life balance issues, conflicts, relationship issues, difficulty saying no, overwork and stress, low confidence, insecurity or neediness will also find valuable tips and advice. Author John Caunt also provides a good section on goal setting. While this book is most valuable to individuals who seek self-development, it may also help managers develop insight into the people they work with and into some of their own daily efforts to juggle the demands in their lives. This book provides a good refresher even for those people who already feel self-assured and confident. Learn how to value yourself for who you are - not just what you accomplish. Caunt isn’t breaking new literary or psychological ground here, but getAbstract finds that his guidance is mainstream, practical, specific and useful.

About the Author

Coach and trainer John Caunt is the author of three other books in Kogan Page Limited’s Creating Success series: Stay Confident, Organize Yourself and 30 Minutes to Manage Information Overload.

 

Summary

Everyone Struggles with Self-Esteem

Despite outward appearances of confidence and success, almost everyone confronts issues of low or poor self-esteem. Poor self-esteem often stems from youthful experiences. It is the cumulative product of what you were told while growing up, feedback from those around you, life experiences and the unconditional love and acceptance you got - or didn’t get - from your parents, teachers, relatives and peers. Positive and negative reactions from others and your beliefs, perceptions, conclusions, criticisms and predictions all influence your self-esteem. You can distort your self-esteem with your own misperceptions or erroneous conclusions based on limited evidence, false beliefs, contradictions, omissions or exaggerations. No one is an unbiased observer of his or her own behavior, potential or achievements. The past may be the foundation of low self-esteem, but as an adult you have the right and responsibility to keep developing in more healthy ways. You weren’t in charge of yourself then, but you are now. Issues of low self-esteem can present themselves in a multitude of different ways, such as:

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