Self-Esteem Therapy

Self-Esteem Therapy

Self-Esteem Therapy

Self-Esteem Therapy

Synopsis

Steffenhagen offers a practical guide to self-esteem therapy. As he explains at the outset, self-esteem therapy is a uniquely effective therapy which stems from the seminal work of Alfred Adler and incorporates Husserl's phenomenology, George Simmel's social conflict theory, and the dialectic of Karl Marx. It can be used to combat problems resistant to other therapies such as persistent drug abuse. In fact, notes Steffenhagen, the therapy is effective even if the patient's problem cannot be readily identified--by building an individual's self-esteem, the problem itself can be eliminated without ever being directly addressed.

Excerpt

The present volume is intended to show the utility of self-esteem theory to therapy, from the empirical (quantitative research on drug abuse) to the theoretical (self-esteem theory of deviance), to its practical application as a therapeutic modality.

The book, although it focuses on therapy, will be of interest to social and psychological theoreticians as well. It is the third in a series of books on self-esteem, the first being Hypnotic Techniques for Increasing Self-Esteem, edited by the author; the second, The Social Dynamics of Self- Esteem: Theory to Therapy, by the author and Jeff D. Burns; and now the present volume, Self-Esteem Therapy. The first in the series was primarily a book dealing with the development of the self-esteem theory of deviance. This work is the result of the author's interest in drug use and abuse, especially among middle- and upper middle-class college youth. Most structural theories of deviance are concerned with lower- class deviants, whereas this not only deals with the middle- and upper- middle class but adds a strong psychological dynamic to such theories. This work is a synthesis of the author's philosophical background. The theory draws largely from the dialectic of Karl Marx and Hegel, as seen in Chapter 5, from the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, the Social Conflict Theory of Georg Simmel, and the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler.

The author's work on self-esteem is the result of his association with the noted Adlerian Dr. Heinz Ansbacher. It was Heinz who suggested that I write a paper explaining drug abuse (among college youth) in the framework of Adlerian theory instead of other traditional theories and it was his dynamic personality that sparked my interest in the . . .

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