Wasn't really sure where to put this thread, so apologies in advance if this is in the wrong spot.
I've just finished this book: http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Firs.../dp/1594631204
and I'd strongly recommend it to any of you. It's divided into sections on rejection, loneliness, loss and trauma, guilt, rumination, failure, and low self esteem, and it outlines a few ways to help deal with each. Even if you don't have problems with all of those things, it is a guarantee that you will have to face them all at some point in your life, so the knowledge will be useful to you at some point. It also tells you at which point you should see a therapist to get help with your problems.
Here's an excerpt showing one of the author's perceptive analogies:
"Imagine witnessing an emotionally abusive parent berating her child for getting a poor report card. The parent verbally attacks the child, mocks him, without displaying a whit of empathy, support, or compassion. Meanwhile, the child's face registers utter devastation as he absorbs one emotional blow after another. Most of us would find such a scene extremely disturbing to witness (especially those of us who grew up with such parents) and we would immediately vow never to treat our own children in such an abusive, cruel, and destructive manner.
And yet when our self-esteem is low, that is exactly how we treat ourselves."