out of 5
Review by Amy
A definitive work on the study of self-esteem, this text certainly gave me pause, and I now have more respect for the concept of self-esteem with all of its pillars (living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, living purposefully, and personal integrity). Interestingly enough, the author was once the lover of Ayn Rand, and one can see some of her philosophical influence in Branden's work. However, I believe he deviates in all the "right" spots.