If you don't feel good about yourself, it can be difficult to reach your goals and live a happy, meaningful life. You may have already read countless books on building self-esteem, but after a while you end up right where you started-feeling like you just aren't good enough. So, what are the real secrets to genuine, lasting self-esteem? Most books on self-esteem tell you that you should feel good about yourself, but they don't show you how to put self-esteem into action. In this book, psychologist Marie Hartwell-Walker offers a groundbreaking new approach to self-esteem based in mindfulness and positive psychology. This book provides practical, step-by-step strategies and skills to help you develop feelings of competency, gain resiliency, rebuild self-confidence, and feel good by engaging in positive actions. Self-confidence is more than just a way of being-it's a way of doing! By taking steps to solve problems and overcome roadblocks by helping yourself (and others!), you will learn to practice self-confidence, rather than just think about it. If you're ready to learn the secrets to genuine self-esteem, and put what you've learned into action, this book will show you how.
"This book is a winner! After convincing us that "genuine" self-esteem must combine "doing good" in the world with "thinking good" about yourself, it shows in clear, practical ways how to progress toward those goals. Hartwell-Walker's step-by-step approach for improving genuine self-esteem begins with a chapter on building one's initial commitment. This is followed by chapters on improved 'self-care, ' courage, positivity, and building rewarding relationships. The book is remarkable in that it advances the reader through a series of self-assessments that build upon one another. Hartwell-Walker is not only an experienced therapist and advice columnist, but also a skilled writer whose language is clear and accessible. She connects her readers with inspiring examples that make excellent reading." --George Levinger, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Marie Hartwell-Walker, EdD, is licensed in Massachusetts as both a psychologist and marriage and family therapist. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago and a Masters and a Doctoral Degree from the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has authored numerous articles on psychology, parenting, and family life. Currently, she is a feature writer and advice columnist for psychcentral.com and authors a blog on the divorce page of the Huffington Post.Foreword writer John M. Grohol, PsyD, is a mental health, human behavior, and technology expert, coauthor of Self-Help That Works (Oxford University Press, 2013), author of The Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources Online (Guilford, 1996-2003), and a published researcher.