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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Overcoming Low Self-Esteem has been developed as a self-help manual by Dr Melanie Fennell from the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford. This book will aid readers to understand their condition, and, armed with new knowledge, to break out of the vicious circle of negative self-image, learn the art of self-acceptance and alter their lives fo ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 26th 1999 by Robinson
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Nimue Brown
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The methods are good, but there's a troubling hole in the content which is why I settled on a 3, not a 4 even though the book had a powerful impact on my thinking.

Low self esteem can both contribute to, and be caused by, depression and anxiety. For many people running into one will likely put you in contact with the others, given time. This book offers methodical, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches to improving self esteem. It’s an interesting read and I found it very helpful. I find I can
Courtney Williams
The book: Overcoming Low Self Esteem

The author: Melanie Fennell, an influential cognitive behavioural therapist whose achievements include founding the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.

The subject: A guide to, well, overcoming low self-esteem. This book contains both exercises and exposition, combining to form the next best thing to a course of CBT.

Why I chose it: My cognitive behavioural therapist recommended this to me having isolated low self-esteem as the root of my problems. I’m familiar wit
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı çok beğendim. Yalnız ismi sanki yanlış olmuş çünkü özgüvenden ziyade çocukluktan getirdiğimiz örüntülerimizi görmemizi ve üstesinden gelmemizi sağlamayı hedeflemiş. Dili de yeterince akıcı ve anlaşılır. Kendine yardım kitaplarında yapılması istenen şeyler uygulanırsa başarıya ulaşılabilir, buda onlardan birisi. Başucu kitabı adayı olabilir.
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely brilliant book and does exactly what it says in the title. I came to this one via a recommendation from a CBT counsellor and via the 'Books on Prescription' list at my local library. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you really want to use it to make a difference you might also consider getting the three accompanying workbooks recently released. They are by no means essential, but do add even more to this already wonderful program of self-rescue. The only better way t ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pretty thorough work, essentially a treatment manual. The author adapts CBT to treat low self-esteem, and I'm aware of two studies which have shown the program's effectiveness. The author places several demands on readers -- e.g., tons of record keeping assignments -- but I suppose true healing requires commitment and hard work. ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been reading this sporadically since I started CBT therapy last November and I found it really informative. For me, it highlighted and put into words my feelings that I had trouble expressing. It also gave really good resources to help the reader struggling with low self-esteem. Sometimes I found it slightly dense, but I would recommend this to anyone who has low self-esteem. ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Informative and very thorough, but not as helpful for someone who doesn't care much for keeping obsessively detailed records of upsetting situations. Then again, even though I'm not fond of record-keeping at all, I did appreciate the practical value of the advice and insights in this book, and the real-life examples were a nice (and sometimes enlightening) touch. ...more
While I haven't yet (hopefully) done the exercises suggested in the book, they definitely seem like they could be quite helpful. Just having read the book I feel like I've been given plenty of useful advice that will help me change my thinking. ...more
Paul Heather
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought-new, self-help
Really good for improvement the tool kit with plenty of mind management tools.
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
pretty helpful
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
A good back up to therapy as it covers what your likely to come across in CBT- Nor sure it would be suitable as a pure self help book though.
Aileen Lin
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lengthy but worth it.. I guess it's for people who are on the further end of the low self-esteem spectrum. It has its similarities in the overcoming anxiety book. ...more
Michael Sweeney
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of the exercises can be quite repetitive but overall I found it helpful in how I deal with social anxiety and feelings of low self-esteem.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Я обожаю эту книгу. Мне она помогла. Лёгкий язык, повторяющиеся мысли в разных формулировках. Я увидела эту книгу в ссылке на статью о кейс-исследовании, в котором случайным людям какого-то центра психпомощи без психзаболеваний выдавали эту книжку. После её прочтения мне стало понятно, как себя любить, справляться с беспокойством, относиться к себе с участием, и менять жизнь под себя. Это внутренняя трансформация, когда совесть, желание, лень, боль, азарт обретают смысл. Когда внутренние убежден ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Väga asjalik ja huvitav raamat. Loen seda raamatut juba pea kaks aastat. Mul oli see e-raamatuna olemas ja üle poole ka loetud, aga kuna mulle kuidagi ei istunud tahvlist lugemine, siis jäi see sinnapaika. Kui 2019 suvel nägin seda raamatut allahinnatuna müügis, siis teadsin, et see on märk. Ostsin ja hakkasin lugema, aga ikka jäi pooleni. Kuniks ma nüüd mõtlesin, et loen selle lõpuks läbi ja väärt oli, et ma end kokku võtsin ja läbi lugesin. Samas võibolla raamat teadis, et nüüd on õige hetk mi ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
A useful book, especially if you have already done some CBT work. well written and easy to follow.

I wish it was more explicit in providing an action plan for its use. Each chapter covers a different CBT stage or technique, and if you have not received formal CBT training before, ideally each chapter should be repeated several times to enforce the learning. You should also make sure you have some nice self care after each chapter, and that you allow time between chapters to let things gestate in

This book takes you closely and sensitively through the possible reasons for your low self-esteem, and gives practical ideas and advice for how to address thought patterns & behaviours, enabling you to be free from misconceptions & barriers to discovering your true worth. With exercises to work through at your own pace, I can honestly say this book has changed my life!
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The bad: nothing in particular.

The good: a practical and helpful CBT-based guide for overcoming low-self esteem. It covers the basics from a CBT perspective, from belief transformation to examining your rules for living and your predictions about what will happen, going down into your core identity traits and reshaping those beliefs. Solid and informative manual.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pyschology
An inspiring book.
Self-prejudice, Over-thinking, Self-criticism (toxic).
People who suffer from low self-esteem are incapable of seeing the whole pictures of their egos, simply seeing the ugly part that confirms their prejudice on themselves. They can't help collecting details of failures or setbacks even awkardness in their life to stress their negative cognition of themselves. For most people, the saying is "treat others in the way you would like to be treated", however the advice goes on the
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a bit repetitive, and if you’re already familiar with CBT then you might not find a lot that’s new here.

That said, the guiding questions in each exercise were helpful and thought-provoking. I also appreciated the characters used throughout the book to provide specific examples for each exercise/point; they also helped me see the far harsher standards I held myself to vs others.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cok guzel aciklama ve orneklendirmelerle baslayan kitap maalesef ilerleyen sayfalarda kendini tekrara dustugu icin sonlara dogru sıkıcı olmaya basladi.Genel olarak ortalama bir kitaptan oteye geçemedi maalesef
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
İyi Hisset ile benzer tonda ama daha eksik, sade ve çokça kendini tekrar eden bir kitap.
Belki de benzer türde çokça kitap okumanın getirdiği doygunluktan da bu düşük puanı vermiş olabilirim. Bana yeni ve fazla bir şey katmadı maalesef.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-health
Very informative with some great examples and techniques for boosting self esteem.
I think this book works best when read/used along side other mental health books as usually low self esteem stems from somewhere and often goes along side mental illness.
Madli Allikas
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Võtab kokku ja seletab lahti kõik kognitiiv käitumuslik teraapias kasutatavaid enesehinnangu ning põhiuskumute muutmiseks ning mõistmiseks kasutatavaid võtteid. Kindlasti toimib teraapia kõrvalt - iseseisvalt tuleb väga palju iseseisvalt vaeva näha.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very informative and helpful book, it has influenced the way I perceive myself. However, I expected more from this book. It's somewhat difficult to read, the structure is confusing, there's a lot of repetitive parts. The subject is great, but the execution needs clarity. ...more
L. R. J. Allen
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really excellent. It goes hand in hand with CBT so more of a guiding hand than a definitive magic-make-it-all-better but definitely makes you think differently.
sailor sirius
Özgüven sorununuz olmasa bile size bir şeyler öğretebilecek bir kitap. Kısa ve öz, yararlı tavsiyeler sunuyor
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Feb 09, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cawpile 2.14

DNF because it doesn't work for me.
Laura Crean
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-amazon-buys
Bought to help overcome my problems with anxiety, depression and at the time being house bound with social anxiety but I didn't get on with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. It's not going to be for everyone, even though it is the approach that the NHS subscribes to. I found it too harsh, made me feel even more guilty and in fact made me more ill because I found its intense program too hard to go through. ...more
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