Philosophy & Psychotherapy: Montaigne on Self-Esteem

Montaigne on Self-Esteem looks at the problem of self-esteem from the perspective of Michel de Montaigne (16th Century), the French philosopher who singled out three main reasons for feeling bad about oneself - sexual inadequecy, failure to live up to social norms, and intellectual inferiority - and then offered practical solutions for overcoming them.

Philosophy is often a useful complementary mean to psychotherapy and counselling. The philosophical reflection on a particular problem - such as anger, hardship, stress or anxiety – or on general problems - such as the question of a happy and meaningful life – can often positively support the progress of psychotherapy and counselling.