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"The author's voice is engaged, authoritative, and convinced of the esential role self-esteem plays in connecting psychological theory to clinical practice, a perspective many readers will welcome....Recommended."--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

This new edition of the most comprehensive text available on the theories, research findings, and practice implications of self-esteem represents a major shift in our contemporary understanding of self-esteem and positive psychology. The book has been thoroughly updated to integrate positive psychology themes throughout and explain how self-esteem enhancement interventions fit into evidence-based practice. This insightful work provides scholars, clinicians, and students with both an extensive overview of research and with Mrukís often-cited theoretical framework for self-esteem. Featuring the authorís noted Competence and Worthiness Training program for enhancing self-esteem, this fourth edition reflects changes in the field by also including expanded coverage of:

  • Self-esteem in relationships
  • Validity issues in researching self-esteem
  • The concept of authenticity in the self
  • Self-esteem as a function of motivation and well-being
  • Existentially oriented theory

Key Features:

  • Offers the most comprehensive and thorough overview of self-esteem theory and research available
  • Considers self-esteem from personality, human development, and clinical perspectives
  • Contains updated and more integrated coverage of self-esteem as a major element of positive psychology
  • Places clinical practices that enhance self-esteem in the context of evidence-based practice
  • Features expanded coverage of personal relationships, research issues, and well-being in self

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