The Social Dynamics of Self-Esteem: Theory to Therapy

By R. A. Steffenhagen; Jeff D. Burns | Go to book overview

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Jeff D. Burns is engaged in private practice in psychotherapy as the founder of Boston Hypnosis Center in Boston. He has worked with institutionalized and noninstitutionalized clients manifesting a variety of behavioral and/or cognitive disturbances. He has collaborated with R. A. Steffenhagen on research projects, coauthored journal articles, and is a cofounder of a new therapy, Self-Esteem Therapy (SET). Mr. Burns has experience in and sociology. He received his B.A. in economics and sociology from the University of Vermont, and his M.A. in psychology from Hollins College.

R. A. Steffenhagen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont. Until 1966, he was Associate Professor of General Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

He has extensive experience in drug research, and has published many articles about drug use on college campuses, ranging from empirical research to theory development. He is a clinical sociologist, clinical psychologist, and hypnotherapist, trained in social psychiatry under Marvin K. Opler. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, Drug Forum, the Journal of Drug Education, the Journal of Individual Psychology, the International Journal of the Addictions, Deviant Behavior, and the Indian Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He has a practice in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy and has developed a self-esteem theory of deviance that bridges the gap between theory and therapy to become selfesteem therapy (SET). Dr. Steffenhagen is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables and Figures ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1 - Self-Esteem Psychology 1
  • 2 - Toward a Definition of Self-Esteem 19
  • Notes 51
  • 3 - The Self-Esteem Theory of Deviance 53
  • Notes 92
  • 4 - The Compensatory Mechanism 95
  • 5 - Self-Esteem in Modern Society 119
  • Notes 155
  • 6 - The Nature of Conflict in the Development of Personality 157
  • Notes 181
  • 7 - The Conflict Theory of Personality 183
  • Appendix A - Self-Esteem Inventory 215
  • Appendix B - Mapping Strategies for the Inventory 221
  • Appendix C - Reliability of SEI 223
  • Bibliography 227
  • Index 235
  • About the Authors 244
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