Monday, February 2, 2015

#LikeAGirl - Positive Psychologist And Author Barbara Becker Holstein Release 'Secrets - Diary Of A Gutsy Teen', Book That Builds Self Esteem For Teen Girls

'Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen' is written to offset the problem of the loss of self-esteem and confidence and resiliency that happens around and after puberty

The Always Super Bowl commercial, designated with the hashtag #LikeAGirl has created massive public awareness around the issue of the loss of self-esteem experienced by teenage girls. The timing is fortuitous, as it comes during the week of Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's latest book release about building self-esteem for teenage girls, 'Secrets, Diary Of A Gutsy Teen'.

"They say that timing is everything," Dr. Holstein stated. "I was happy to see Always release their Super Bowl commercial this weekend, as their message creates real awareness around the teen self-esteem issue. The release of 'Secrets', written to help teen girls develops self-esteem, happens this week also."

"Psychologists and educators have known for years that girls' confidence falls after puberty.  But it took Always to have the guts and the money to sponsor an ad on Super Bowl Sunday that was so moving that as one commentator said, 'Anyone with a daughter can't help but get chills during the commercial.'"

"Why did I write 'Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen'?  To offset the problem of the loss of self-esteem, confidence and resiliency that happens around and after puberty. Girls lose their enthusiasm about their own talents and potential as they navigate the teens.  That often leads to girls responding to peer pressures in ways that lead to disastrous results, whether it is anoxia, drugs or early pregnancy, etc.  One way to offset these negative results is via role models.  The girl in 'Secrets' is a role model.  She keeps a diary that is full of the normal angst of growing up, but she has guts, courage and a healthy dose of #Girl Power.  She figures things out, recovers from emotional blows and always 'runs like a girl'.  That means she is strong, resilient and successful."

To celebrate the release of 'Secrets', Dr. Holstein will offer no-charge copies of the book to the first 10 parents who contact her via email. Why?

"Because the girl in 'Secrets'" Holstein concluded, "is holding on to her confidence and resiliency through all of events and feelings she must face, the same ones we faced, during our teenage years.  She is a great role model in the same manner as the 10 year olds in #Like a Girl. We must not let our girls lose their confidence as they go through puberty."

Dr. Holstein also recently released "The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween". The new book is a revised and expanded edition of her very successful book, 'The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything'. The new book is published by Sky Pony Press.

A Facebook page, thetruthforgirls, highlights many of the topics woven into "The Truth".  Articles, videos, remarks, conversations, visuals, on this page center around many of the issues that tweens face growing up.  These include: self-esteem issues, quarreling in families, divorce, moving to a new home, a new school, best friends, a crush, bullies, a death in the family, money issues, not feeling pretty, feeling sad, feeling lonely, jealousy and more. Dr. Holstein's book for teens and tweens is a first in using fiction for embedding positive psychology concepts.

Her second book in The Truth Series is “Secrets: Diary Of A Gutsy Teen”. In 'Secrets' the girl is 13 years old. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends.  'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both “The Truth” and “Secrets” are great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens in their lives. Both books are being re-released by Sky Pony Press.

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Twitter: @truth4girls, and
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