A pioneer in improving self-esteem, Nathaniel Branden speaks from a quarter-century of experience in both theory and practice. Taking us far beyond shallow or selfish interpretations, he shows how self-esteem is a crucial tool for dealing with personal, family and societal problems. He tells us how to develop self-responsibility and self-acceptance, to live conscious and purposeful lives and–most importantly–to harness “the terrific power of converting a want into a conscious purpose.” Even if you have lots of self-esteem, it’s always good to dust off the areas that have become dull from facing daily challenges. Branden gives us a wealth of practical advice for leading effective lives that fulfill our goals and principles.
Branden is a practicing psychotherapist at the Branden Institute for Self-Esteem, and the author of many books including Judgment Day: My Years with Ayn Rand (Houghton Mifflin 1989) and The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (Bantam 1994).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- A clear and simple definition of self-esteem
- What self-esteem can and cannot do for you
- How self-esteem acts as “the immune system of consciousness”
- The “Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” and what each of them means in our lives
- A telling story about people asserting their right to exist
- How to move beyond blame and victimhood into self-responsibility
- How to convert your desires into effective action
- What Branden’s wife taught him about “the discipline of kindness”
Program Number: 2441 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 2/11/1994