The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities
As a teen, it is incredibly important to have self-confidence, especially when you consider societal pressures about appearance and grades. Just growing up is difficult in and of itself, and in the midst of all this life-related stress, teens may not be seeing themselves clearly. In fact, they may be magnifying weaknesses and minimizing—or even ignoring— true assets.
Psychologists believe that low self-esteem is at the root of many emotional problems. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving of the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas, and may find yourself fading into the background of life. Without some measure of self-worth, you cannot accomplish your goals.
In The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens, adolescents will learn to develop a healthy, realistic view of themselves that includes honest assessments of weaknesses and strengths, and they will learn to respect themselves, faults and all. Teens will also learn the difference between self-esteem and being self-centered, self-absorbed, or selfish. Finally, this book will show young people how to distinguish the outer appearance of confidence from the quiet, steady, inner acceptance and humility of true self-esteem.
The book also includes practical exercises to help teens deal with setbacks and self-doubt, skills for dealing with criticism, and activities that will aid in the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-worth. With the right amount of self-confidence, teens will have the emotional resources they need to reach their goals.
This book is from New Harbinger Publications, which for 40 years has brought readers effective, scientifically sound self-help books that deal with a range of topics in psychology, health and personal growth. All of New Harbinger’s books are grounded in science, careful research, and a tradition of empirically validated clinical practice.
"The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens provides a comprehensive, usable format of step-by-step progression toward a healthy self-concept, the foundation of effective learning. Author Lisa Schab has developed a program designed to encourage self-reflection, self-awareness, perseverance, and the importance of taking action to improve the situation. Throughout, teens are counseled to pay attention to and act upon the urgings of the authentic self-an incredibly valuable life skill. The workbook could easily be used by either individuals or groups."
-- Nancy Hanrahan, MA, NCC, school counselor at St. Joseph School, Libertyville, IL