In the tradition of authors like Judy Blume, Dr. Holstein pushes the envelope in covering the challenges girls really face, without sugar coating it or downplaying the feelings or passions young girls experience.

WILMINGTON, NC, March 28, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — As children, we all had to learn to face the challenges the world presented to us. Today however, those challenges loom much larger and are more pervasive. Social media offers both connection and isolation. Loneliness, even in a world that is seemingly completely connected via smart phones and computers, exacerbates the vulnerability of our youth. The specter of school shootings forces us to equip elementary age school children with self-defense skills, while cyberbullying breeds depression and tragically, even suicide. As pixels outweigh spoken words, parents and educators grapple with how to help their children in this digital age.

These challenges are unique to this generation. They spawn anxiety, depression, and a profound sense of isolation among children, perpetuating damaging comparisons and cyberbullying. Amidst this mental health crisis plaguing American youth, attempting to overcome the effects of school shootings, climate change, the pandemic, and peer pressure on an individual basis, using approaches that are many decades old, is frankly impossible. We need new answers for new problems.

Bestselling author Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has found the answer. She is on a profound mission: nurturing resilience and self-esteem in young girls—a goal embraced by mental health pros, parents, grandparents, and educators. Her approach is multi-faceted and employs many different forms of media, including bestselling self esteem workbooks and films for girls that have won hundreds of awards. Dr. Holstein’s latest workbook for kids, ‘Secrets’, achieved bestseller status in the ‘Teen & Young Adult Nonfiction on Depression’ category, as have a number of other books in the series.

She now has 7 of her award-winning selfie films available at no charge, available as the Self Esteem and Resilience Series on Vimeo and Roku at

Dr. Holstein wraps Positive Psychology concepts in forms of media that young people find engaging, relatable and inspiring. These include:

Five bestselling, award-winning books (perfect for school libraries)

Five self-esteem workbooks for girls 8 and up

Award-winning films and coming of age selfie films


Dedicated websites

Stage plays

A library of articles

Ted-style talks

As a school psychologist and in her private practice, Dr. Holstein has worked with many children and parents, helping them to develop life skills in decision-making, recognition of their own talents, feel more courageous, and helping both kids and parents develop more successful inter-generational skills. Her last book, ‘Conflict and a Bit of Magic’, helps kids build self-esteem though reading the journal of a girl, identifying with the girl, and understanding they have more courage and resiliency than they thought they had. The book is based on the experiences of the already famous “girl” from ‘The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween’ and ‘Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen’, and achieved bestseller status in the multi-generational families category.

One of Dr. Holstein’s workbooks for kids, ‘Secrets’ achieved bestseller status in the ‘Teen & Young Adult Nonfiction on Depression’ category.

Dr. Holstein’s cutting-edge presentations, most recently based on the Covid-19 pandemic issues, can be found on both YouTube, Vimeo and on the Roku channel and Amazon Fire TV, titled as ‘The Enchanted Self Presents’.

Dr. Holstein recently created The Selfie Showcase, a new project emerging from The Selfie Project, that allows young people to voice their opinions on subjects that matter to young people, including the pandemic.

The Selfie Showcase allows kids, teens, and young adults ages 13 to 18 to candidly express their concerns, worries, observations and possible solutions by creating selfie videos or films around important subjects using a smartphone. Dr. Holstein’s mission is to help rectify, in several ways, some issues young people face by giving them a chance to engage with others in meaningful ways about the anxiety and stress they must grapple with constantly.

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at information about the Selfie Showcase is available at Selfie videos and selfie films can be uploaded at the site. Potential podcast guests can contact Dr. Holstein by email. More information is available at her primary website at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness and a pioneer in Selfies as Film. Dr. Holstein’s Enchanted Self website was included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. 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. Her Roku channel is: The Enchanted Self Presents.

She has been a contributor to Your Tango, Heart and Soul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Honey Good, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, Women’s World, The Wall Street Journal,, Time online, Readers Digest, Parade, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.

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