13 Best Books For Improving Self Esteem

13 Best Books For Improving Self Esteem

Have you ever had an opportunity to do something significant but lost it just because a random thought came to your mind, making you feel like you just aren’t made for that thing when you were the best fit? It maybe due to your lack of self-esteem. The majority of people these days suffer the same issue, and most of them never overcome it, with the correct guidance and for some people a book was their guide!

I wouldn’t say I had major self-esteem issues as that would be a lie, but I had people close to me who were low on self-confidence. I’ve seen them rejecting the best opportunities they could ever have, just because they didn’t realize their worth and from what I’ve learned from every such incident, if you wouldn’t recognize your value, you cannot expect the same from the outside world. I researched this topic and found out quite a few books to help myself and the ones around me.

Self-esteem is a state of a person in which they evaluate their self-worth and value. A person with low self-esteem does not value themself and such a person can never prove his/herself in front of the world. Such people can never become good leaders and are always forced to live under others’ shadows. This condition may arise in a person’s mind when a person thinks very low of one’s themselves and isn’t able to cope with it. 

I know many people out there that might be going through the same, so let me share with you a few books that you can read to seek help or maybe to help others around you.

13 Books To Escalate Self Esteem

Here are 13 books I would recommend you to read to boost your self-esteem.

1. Awaken The Giant Within

awaken the giant within

Awaken the Giant Within How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny is a psychological book written by Tony Robbins in 1991.

This book provides its readers with a step-by-step guide to control oneself and lead a person towards their self-love. After reading this book, you will be able to accept yourself better and with self-acceptance, strong self-esteem is guaranteed.

2. Get Out Of Your Mind And Into Your Life

get out of your mind and into your life

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a 2005 published self-help book by Steven C. Hayes.

This book mainly deals with providing solutions to other psychological problems like excessive stress, anxiety, and even depression, accompanied by low self-esteem.

3. The Art Of Happiness

the art of happiness

Published in 1998, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is a philosophical book written by the 14th Dalai Lama.

This book is a collection of small stories, incidents, and one-on-one conversations of the author throughout his life and will guide us toward the right path, which will fill us to the brim with self-love and happiness.

4. Chocolate For A Teen’s Soul

chocolate for a teen's soul

Chocolate For A Teens Soul: Lifechanging Stories For Young Women About Growing Wise And Growing Strong is a 2000 published self-help book written by Kay Allenbaugh.

As it is evident that teens face the low self-esteem problem the most, this book focuses on teenage girls meeting the challenges and the emotional ups and downs in this particular phase of their lives through over 50 adolescent stories.

5. The Power Of Positive Thinking

the power of positive thinking

The Power Of Positive Thinking is a self-help book written by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in 1952.

This book focuses mainly on how a person’s positive mindset and positive approach can bring healthy changes in a person and how it is necessary for a person to have their personal space and some me-time to figure out one’s thoughts and feelings.

6. You Can Heal Your Life

you can heal your life

Written by Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life is a self-help book published in 1984.

This book tells the readers how a person can change their life by shifting the mindset from negative to positive. The author shares her first-hand experiences and personal stories to support her points.

7. Healing Your Emotional Self

healing your emotional self

Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and Overcome Your Shame is a self-help book written by Beverly Engel in 2006.

It is an insightful book for parents, mentors, and teachers to guide the young ones around them towards self-love and self-acceptance. Most self-esteem problems start right from a person’s childhood, so it is necessary to deal with them at a young age only.

8. The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

the power of your subconscious mind

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Unlock the Secrets Within is a 1963 published self-help book written by Joseph Murphy.

This book focuses on the power of our subconscious mind and how one can change their destiny by bringing in positive thoughts in mind. This book also tells us how to blend religion, culture, and science to manifest our happiness.

9. The Lion Inside

the lion inside

The Lion Inside is a children’s fiction book written by Rachel Bright in 2015.

This book is primarily for kids aged 5-12 and it contains many pictures for young minds to relate to. The book’s main aim is to imbibe speaking and public dealing habits in children so that they become self-confident from the very beginning.

10. What’s Right With Me

what's right with me

Published in 2006, What’s Right with Me: Positive Ways to Celebrate Your Strengths, Build Self-Esteem and Reach Your Potential is a self-help book written by Carlene DeRoo and Carolyn DeRoo.

This book helps us understand the importance of celebrating even the little successes that we achieve to improve one’s self-esteem and how important it is to maintain a positive mindset throughout.

11. The Gifts Of Imperfections

the gifts of imperfections

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are is another self-help book on the list written by Brené Brown in 2010.

This book assures the readers that they feel daily, like sadness, sorrow, and despair, considered ‘imperfect,’ which is entirely normal as human beings. It is good to overcome it quickly, but if you cannot, there is nothing abnormal about it.

12. Matrix Energetics

matrix energetics

Written by Richard Barlett, Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation is a self-help book published in 2009.

This book follows a different approach to dealing with self-esteem issues. The author talks about scientific research and facts that can help a person overcome the insecurities and self-doubt that one might be having.

13. Body Confidence

body confidence

Body Confidence: The Scientific Approach on Shine from Within is a 2019 published self-help book written by Dr. Katherine E Iscoe.

Physical appearance is one of the main reasons for self-doubt and underconfidence and that’s the aspect this book focuses on. It is seen especially in the younger generations that they strictly mold themselves to fit into the societal beauty standards. When they seem to be failing to do so, they get depressed and start questioning themselves. This book addresses body-image issues and gives reasonable solutions for them.


So, these were some of the many books I’d suggest you read even if you think you have healthy self-esteem. They might help you in a way you had never expected and recommend it to your known people who seem to have low self-esteem.

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