Self-Esteem Therapy


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.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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