This is one of the most influential books I wish I had of read earlier in life.
Self-esteem is a powerful force within each one of us. It encompasses much more than that innate sense of self-worth which presumably is our human birthright — that spark that we who are psychotherapists or teachers seek to fan in those we work with. That spark is only the ante room to self-esteem.
Self-esteem is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the requirements of life. More specifically, self-esteem is…
1. Confidence in our ability to think and to cope with the basic challenges of life.
2. Confidence in our right to be happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, en-titled to assert our needs and wants and to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.