ERIC Number: ED317925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Empowering Yourself: The Importance of Developing Healthy Self-Esteem.
Johnson, Ann D.; Johnson, George W.
A workshop on the importance of building and maintaining healthy self-esteem is described in this document. It has been successfully presented to nontraditional college students, counselor educators, and other professionals in the counseling field, with slight modifications depending on the background of the participants. At the beginning of the workshop participants are asked to introduce themselves and to exchange brief personal comments with one other participant whom they do not already know. This activity is used as an ice-breaker to create an informal style for the workshop and to increase the likelihood of audience participation throughout the presentation. It also sets the stage for later interaction between participants. Workshop participants evaluate their own level of self-esteem through the use of a self-esteem instrument. Self-esteem is depicted as a rainbow to illustrate that self-esteem varies within a range and that behaviors indicative of poor self-esteem generally fall into the range at the end of the curve. Methods of enhancing and maintaining healthy self-esteem are presented. Participants are cautioned against adopting a simplistic or "quick fix" attitude. The workshop is closed on a positive note, with participants standing and repeating a group-selected affirmation, followed by a question and answer session. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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