How To Like Yourself: A Teen's Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem

200p. bibliog. New Harbinger. Apr. 2016. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781626253483.
Gr 7 Up—Between outside pressures and an internal critic, it can be difficult to appreciate oneself. Bradshaw's relaxed and friendly approach will put readers at ease about a complex and challenging subject. Part 1 ("Past") focuses on forgiveness. Bradshaw asserts that there are two types of forgiveness: accepting the situation to move on without anger and bitterness and forgiving to forget. Part 2 ("Present") begins the first steps to building a healthy self-confidence and believing that one is a likable individual. It guides readers through exercises in dealing with their inner critic (or ICK), finding their true inner voice, and exploring the self-time continuum and concludes with the 80–20 Rule. Part 3 ("Future") is designed for the Future You and concerns adding other relationships into the mix.
VERDICT This is not necessarily a text that teens would select from the library shelves, but it may be well used as a desk copy for middle and high school counselors. A solid text with good advice overall.

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