Self-Esteem And Well-Being with Nathaniel Branden

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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. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Branden is a practicing psychotherapist at the Branden Institute for Self-Esteem.

He is the author of many books including:

  • Judgment Day: My Years with Ayn Rand (Houghton Mifflin 1989)
  • 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"
Host: Michael Toms        Interview Date: 2/11/1994        Program Number: 2441