Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: Summary and Review

Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

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Six Pillars of Self-Esteem


The main thesis of this book can be summarized succinctly by “self-efficacy” and “self-respect” which I detail below.


Self-esteem has two interrelated components:

  • Self-efficacy: Confidence that you will be able to tackle life’s challenges
  • Self-respect: Belief that you are worthy of happiness

The way that Nathaniel Branden defines self-esteem is NOT how most people define it.

Self-esteem is NOT feeling good about yourself.

A disservice is done to people if they are offered “feel good” notions of self-esteem that divorce it from questions of consciousness, responsibility, and moral choice.

Thinking is a key component of human beings, thinking is what keeps us alive, but thinking does not happen automatically like the way your heart beats.

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