Recommended Books to Read

Recommended Books on Self-Esteem:

Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay, PhD


“McKay and Fanning recognize the complexity of the human tendency toward self-criticism. Their carefully written, cognitively oriented self-help book wisely avoids simplistic solutions, offering instead a systematic approach to self-esteem development.”

Robert E. Alberti, PhD, author of Your Perfect Right

“Positive self-esteem is the centerpiece of a healthy personality. McKay and Fanning’s book offers us a valuable storehouse of tactics and strategies for constructing–or renovating–the foundation of our self-esteem.”

Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, author of Shyness

Self-Esteem is truly a very special title. Good writing is especially necessary for self-help titles. … I feel a special enthusiasm in bringing it to the notice of our audience.”

The Midwest Book Review


The Self-Esteem Guided Journal by Matthew McKay & C. Sutker

‘Helps you see the good in YOU!’

I don’t have a heck of a lot of self esteem these days. I saw this workbook and decided to try it. It is filled with questions and insights for you to fill out and it almost forces you to find the good in yourself even when you think there is none.

I was uncomfortable at first tooting my own horn when I was asked to list positive things about myself in various areas of my life but as I did it, I realized that I am not lacking as much as I think I am. I have a lot to offer and a lot of good traits. This journal has helped me a lot and I am only halfway through. It’s getting easier to find the good in myself and to write it down rather than skip over the parts that make me think.

This isn’t a cure all but it’s a good journal to help bolster your self esteem by helping you to see all the good in yourself that others see. I’m feeling better about myself and look forward to doing each little exercise. Because I haven’t yet finished it and seen if the lessons “stick”, I am going with 4 stars. I will update in a month or so if I feel this journal’s self esteem bolstering is sticking with me.


Ten Days to Self-Esteem by David D. Burns, MD


Great book although perhaps a little long winded. The interactive part is not for everyone although the repetitiveness of the ideas is an important factor in pushing the message home. For me personally it opened my eyes and brain to aspects of my condition that I had never thought of before. Another book in my arsenal of ‘self helps’ as I continue my battle with anxiety and lack of confidence.

‘This is a great workbook if you are feeling low’

This is a great workbook if you are feeling low and even on the brink of depression. Don’t be misled by the title as whilst it does cover self esteem, it covers an awful lot more as well. It really does work.


The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field by Nathanial Branden

‘Lively action-based psychology.’

I bought this book from Amazon at the full price. It’s a solid self-help book, and superb as long as the author sticks to the field of psychology. Parts I and II deal with establishing a solid definition of self-esteem and a cogent explanation of the Six Pillars. I found the sentence-completion exercises to be illuminating and helpful, and shouldn’t be skipped if you plan to get the most out of the book. I may even purchase Branden’s workbook for more sentence stem work.


Very good. Helped me with believing in myself. I have more confidence now . Highly recommend this to anyone and have.


The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD

‘Really useful workbook for use with all ages’

I am am a psychotherapist and I bought this to use with my clients in sessions. I mostly counsel teenagers and I found this book so useful with its overview of just what self-esteem is and lots of worksheets and ideas to use with clients. I use it most weeks as it is a recurrent theme among this age group. It is an easy read and very uplifting and the worksheets are just the right length for students to comfortably work through. Recommended.

‘Instant benefit within the first two chapters’

Instant benefit within the first 2 chapters. Takes a lot to work through and won’t be completed quickly but hugely helpful


The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW

This book is great, the short stories/activities relate to all teenagers experiences so they can relate. It definitely helps children see things in a new way and helps them handle criticism from others. This book has worked so well, self-esteem,Confidence back on track 🙂

Good book. Contains thought provoking activities and takes you through the concepts of self-esteem gradually and thoroughly. Was a suitable level for a group of 15/16 year olds, although could also be used with different age groups.


Believing in Myself by E Larsen & C Hegarty

‘Great inspiration for the day’

Brilliant book. It offers great inspirational story and quote for each day (the book does not have page numbers but rather days in the year). It is so good I often find myself wanting to read the stories for different dates before I get to them. The book is also very small (A6-ish) so I can keep it in my little backpack and read on the way to work.

‘Five stars’

Love this book. Every night before falling asleep I read the quotes of the day.


Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem by Wendy L. Moss, PhD

Worth the money. My daughter loved this!

Very accessible and interesting read for my 10 year old daughter. She read most of it herself first and found it very easy to relate to. We then went through some of it together and talked about different things that she found thought provoking or not so clear. A year on, she wants to read it a second time now.

This helped my 10 year old gain the confidence he needed to be himself. He’s an only child and was being bullied but was so shy he wouldn’t even tell his teacher. Kudos to the author.

Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and Overcome Your Shame by Beverly Engel

This has been such a helpful book and I did in and out of it frequently. I am a highly sensitive person and very creative, and it has really helped me make more sense of my world and how I was brought up. Now I feel empowered and know I can help myself, rather than stay stuck in old patterns of behaviour that no longer serve me or others close to me.

If you want a guide to use for therapy and want something that has an interpersonal/psychotherapeutic flavour alongside considering intrapsychic factors this is it.

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