Welcome to Esteemed Self, a website dedicated to illuminating the most important factors on which self-esteem depends.

Nathaniel Branden

If self-esteem is a measure of the mind’s health, then few subjects are of comparable urgency. Yet all too often maintaining a healthy level of self-esteem is ignored in favor of ancillary pursuits.

This website seeks to answer four questions that are fundamental to a healthy sense of self:  What is self-esteem?  Why is self-esteem important?  What can we do to raise the level of our self-esteem?  What role do others play in influencing our self-esteem?

By addressing these four questions (and more), it is my sincere hope that you will move closer to an adequate level of self-esteem. Healthy self-esteem is a lifelong pursuit.  It cannot be gained easily, and once attained is not guaranteed for life.  In fact, at the risk of sounding melodramatic, a healthy level of self-esteem is something that must be maintained and nurtured daily.

That is not meant to discourage you, but rather to illuminate an all-too-true reality: Self-esteem may not be easily attained, but it is fundamental to happiness, satisfaction and a fulfilling life.

Ignoring or downplaying the significance of self-esteem can detrimentally impact your life. Please browse this website to find out more about self-esteem and how it impacts every aspect of our lives.

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Nathaniel Branden


Dr. Nathaniel Branden is a pioneering figure in the field of self-esteem. A prominent author, lecturer and consultant, Nathaniel Branden is highly regarded by both his peers and his patients.


Sentence-completion exercises are one of the many exercises Nathaniel Branden employs to help his patients attain higher levels of self-esteem. Click on the link below for a sample exercise.


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