Building Self-Esteem: Strategies for Success in School and Beyond (3rd Edition)

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The volume helps guide readers to an understanding of the origins of their self-images. They learn to recognize the symptoms of low self-esteem and develop practical success strategies to help them overcome the challenges they face in school and in life. The authors examine the role of self-esteem in the life of a student, self-esteem development, the Circle Model: inborn preferences; the influence of family; messages from the immediate environment; and the impact of the outer world, symptoms of low self-esteem and strategies for improvement, strategies for developing self-esteem and strategies for success in school. For traditional and nontraditional students interested in improving their self-esteem and performance.

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Building Self-Esteem: Strategies for Success in School and Beyond helps you develop the elements essential to positive self-esteem by identifying:

  • Sources: Use the unique "Circle Model" to reveal past and present influences on the development of self-esteem, helping you understand the sources of your self-image.
  • Symptoms: Learn how to recognize where we manifest high and low self-esteem in our academic and personal lives.
  • Strategies: Develop practical strategies challenges of academic life.

The third edition contains new and updated research on self-esteem and college success. With a deeper understanding yourself, you can maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses to make your school experience as rewarding possible.

Visit our Student Success Supersite at www.prenhall.com/success
Features include:

  • Majors Exploration
  • Career Advice
  • Web Links
  • Tips from Successful Students
  • Student Bulletin Boards
  • Faculty Resources

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During our many years of counseling and teaching, we have observed that low self-esteem affects individuals' self-perception about their abilities and their willingness to take positive action and to make healthy, growth-enhancing choices in their lives. Like many educators, we have also noticed that factors such as a student's family background, personality style, and current personal situations can create real or perceived barriers to goal attainment. These stressors can stifle the willingness to make changes and further diminish self-esteem. Performance and efficacy suffer.

The third edition of Building Self-Esteem continues to address these issues both practically and positively. Features of previous -editions such as the concentric circle model have been expanded upon. We have now added a circle model based on current, adult sources of self-esteem. We continue to include case studies, exercises, and self-assessment tools, all based on research and professional experience. Many of the exercises lend themselves to both individual and group processing. Updates and new features of the text include:

  • A circle model based on adult self-esteem sources.
  • Incorporation of the most recent, practically applicable psychological and sociological research about self-esteem.
  • A critical thinking section addressing negative popular press about the self-esteem movement.
  • Updated information on the influence of gender expectations, with expanded information about societal expectations for boys as well as girls.
  • Updated information about media influence.
  • A section and exercise on multiple intelligences to build academic confidence.
  • A section about giving to others as an overlooked source of self-esteem.
  • An emphasis on motivation as a key ingredient for success.

We hope that each reader will be as challenged and fulfilled while reading and practicing the strategies presented in the text as we have been while teaching the enhancement of self-esteem to our students.

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