Is this the right book for me? Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT will give you the skills you need to overcome a lack of self-esteem, making it easier for you to deal with tough times and leaving you a happier and more confident person. A complete program for changing your self-image, it takes you step-by-step through every aspect of confidence, with exercises to accompany each stage and short-term 'personal assignments' that will give you long-term benefits and lasting results. Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT includes: Chapter 1: Great self-esteem: what is it? What is self-esteem? Childhood origins Adulthood: time to tackle low self-esteem Introducing your Personal Fault Finder The importance of risk taking The consequences of low self-esteem Introducing self-acceptance Your personal view of yourself Goal setting Chapter 2: Thinking your way out of low self-esteem Identifying the problem The different levels of thinking Beliefs versus facts Negative thoughts, assumptions and beliefs Rules for living The role of emotion in low self-esteem Self-defeating behaviour Replacing self-defeating thoughts Tackling negative beliefs Bringing your positive qualities into focus Chapter 3: The perfection trap What is perfectionism? Challenging perfectionistic beliefs Developing healthier values Chapter 4: Defeat low self-esteem by developing self-acceptance Developing self-acceptance Healthy versus unhealthy self-acceptance Chapter 5: 'It's not my fault: life is against me' The low self-esteem victim Self-pity: blaming yourself rather than others Taking responsibility for your feelings Don't give up Chapter 6: Increase your self-esteem through assertiveness The role of assertiveness in good self-esteem Assertiveness skills The four behaviour types Behaving assertively Being assertive with yourself Your assertive rights Chapter 7: Act your way to good self-esteem 'Faking' good self-esteem Master confident body language Cultivate a confident expression Develop a confident-sounding voice First impressions Chapter 8: Body image Is your body image a problem? How does poor body image affect you? Say 'Goodbye' to poor body image Making changes Chapter 9: Becoming an optimist Increasing optimism Positive thinking Chapter 10: Self-esteem and relationships Why low self-esteem blights relationships How to gain confidence in your relationship Using openness and honesty Surviving a break-up with your self-esteem intact Chapter 11: Developing emotional strength What is resilience? The characteristics of resilience Develop emotional strength by improving resilience Sources of resilience Understanding resilience as a process Developing resilience Chapter 12: Developing as a person to increase self-esteem The keys to the kingdom: your values Which values are important to you? Creating your personal plan Working on your values Tackling serious errors of judgement Deeply held negative feelings Feedback from others can be helpful Moving forward: your goal plan Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.