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Enhancing Self Esteem Third Edition

by C. Jesse Carlock, Ph.D.

This resources offers a balance of current theory and research on the topic of self-esteem as well as an array of practical exercises for each topic presented.

Full Description:   

Many people want to change how they feel about themselves but do not believe they can. The third edition of this highly recommended text instills hope by devising a blueprint for change and the tools and resources to change. It presents five phases:

  • self-awareness
  • assimilating positive beliefs
  • modifying or eliminating negative beliefs
  • identifying and improving skill deficits
  • integration and provides the basis for successfully enhancing self-esteem
Interventions are outlined to bring together theory and methods - cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral. For both children and adults.

    Key features include:
  • Designed as a textbook for courses, workshops, and seminars
  • Translates theory into practice
  • Provides more than 100 activities with specific procedures and anticipated outcomes

This is taken out of Chapter 4: Social System and Self-Esteem

Feedback is an important source of information about the self. Self-esteem develops out of a relatively stable perception of ourselves. In part, our perceptions are formed by feedback we receive. Sometimes this feedback is colored by the projections of others, and we may develop a faulty self-view if the information is not filtered. Young children have not yet developed these filtering abilities, and so may introject the flawed feedback of others. Changing that self-view requires introducing new data about the self; and the new data must be repeatedly reinforced or presented in a powerful or novel way to increase its impact. It is usually not until adulthood that people become aware of and sort through the feedback they internalized as children. Part of the individuation process involves becoming aware of introjects and evaluating these messages.

We are continually given feedback, both verbal and nonverbal. Therefore, it is important that we learn to filter feedback. This involves sifting what is received, sorting through and owning what seems to fit, and discarding what does not. In thsi process, it helps to ask yourself two questions:

  • What grain of truth can I identify with in this?
  • What doesn't fit?

For example, if Leon gives Jake feedback regarding Jake's behavior, the feedback may be truer than for Leon than for Jake. In other words, Leon may be projecting onto Jake feelings, attitudes, behaviors, or thoughts he considers unacceptable and so avoids recognizing in himself. Jake may display at least a piece of the behavior/attitude/feeling Leon is projecting, and so might ask himself, "What grain of truth can I identify with in this?"

This kind of question facilitates the sorting Jake needs to do so that he does not take in what more aptly belongs to Leon (or to some significant person in Leon's history).

Internal Zippers
External Zippers
Can say "No"Believe they are regulated by others and the outside world
Can walk awayFeel invaded and victimized
Can montitor closenessAllow others to mind-read:
"You feel..."
"You don't think that way"
Can wonder aloudHave incomplete interpreting screens
Can ask questions freelyDenial and repression prevent:
assessment of what is safe and what is harmful
Can keep things private and secret without feeling guiltDisplay highly stereotypic sex role behavior: for example, helpless female or macho man
Can choose what feeling to express to others and has some control over feelingsAllow intellectual blurring, created through criticizing, blaming, mind-reading, prying, mind-raping (attempting to turn your thoughts into another's thoughts), comparing, belittling

519 pages; 6 X 9;soft bound


    List of Tables and Figures

Part I: Model to Enhancing Self-Esteem

    Chapter 1 - C. Jesse Carlock, PhD
    Enhancing Self-Esteem: A Model for Change
    What is Self-Esteem?
    What is the Basis of High Self-Esteem
    The Emergence of Self
    The Process of Change
    Model for Self-Esteem Enhancement
    Activities you can do
    Activities for Groups
    Chapter 2 - Norman Shub, PhD
    Developing High Self-Esteem
    An Authorial Vignette
    If You Didn't Get It, Where Do You Start?
    The Importance of High Self-Esteem
    What is high self-esteem
    The self in self-esteem
    positive and negative beliefs
    How an adult develops high self-esteem
    The self-esteem map
    Working to change your own self-esteem
    Where to turn when you are stuck
    Activities you can do
    Chapter 3 - C. Jesse Carlock, PhD
    Internal Dynamics of Self
    Forces towards self-consistency
    Maintenance of self-esteem
    Cognitive-perceptual mechanisms
    Forces and techniques for self-enhancement
    Representational systems
    Changing self-view
    Activities you can do
    Activities for Groups
    Chapter 4 - C. Jesse Carlock, PhD
    Social System and Self-Esteem
    The impact of the family
    Your Support Network
    Blocks to relationships
    Negative feedback
    Communication stances
    Handling conflict
    A "Stroke Economy"
    Communication skills in the workplace
    Activities you can do
    Activities for Groups
    Chapter 5 -C. Jesse Carlock, PhD
    Body and Self-Esteem
    Development of Body Image
    Cultural effects on self-esteem and body image
    Breting, grounding and centering
    Body as communicator
    Total body image
    Activities you can do
    Activities for Groups

Part II: Exploring Special Self-Esteem Issues and Intervention

    Chapter 6: C. Jesse Carlock, PhD
    Gender and Self-Esteem
    Women and self-esteem
    Men and self-esteem
    Activities you can do
    Activities for Groups
    Chapter 7: Antoinette S. Cordell, PhD
    Self-Esteem in Children
    Self-esteem and Narcissism
    Developing self-esteem
    Guidelines for Parents
    Early and Late Bloomers
    Building Skills for Social Success
    Optimism and Depression
    Special needs children
    Activities for groups
    Chapter 8 - Nancy H. King, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C.
    Parenting and Self-Esteem
    The Self-Image of the beginning parent
    The newborn and parents' adjustment
    The developing child and parental self-esteem
    Adolescents and parental self-esteem
    Other special parenting issues
    Parenting the yound adult
    The senior parent
    Activities you can do
    Chapter 9 - C. Jesse Carlock, PhD
    Transitions and Self-Esteem
    The relationship of self-esteem to transitions
    Negotiating transitions
    Factors influencing adaptation to change
    Children , adolescents, and transitions
    Activities you can do
    Activities for groups
    Chapter 10 - Kathleen Glaus, PhD, PsyD
    Measuring Self-Esteem
    Problems in measuring self-esteem
    Self-esteem measures and tests
    Special issues in measuring self-esteem
    Epilogue - C. Jesse Carlock, PhD


    Appendix A
    Children's Books
    Internal Dynamics
    General Resources
    Appendix B
Appendix C
Educational Audio and Video Cassettes
Body Image
Internal Dynamics
Interpersonal Communication

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