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The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem | [Dr. Nathaniel Branden]

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Immense in scope and vision and filled with brilliant insights into human nature, this program is the ultimate work on the psychology of self-esteem. Listen and find out the strength Dr. Branden's six pillars will award you.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Nathaniel Branden presents the culminating achievement of a lifetime of clinical practice and research. In this penetrating and provocative program, he conclusively demonstrates the importance of self-esteem in our quest for psychological health, personal achievement, and positive relationships.

"Yet how do we gain true self-esteem?" Dr. Branden introduces the six pillars of self-esteem - six action-based practices for daily living. Here for the first time are simple but powerful exercises for increasing personal awareness and effectiveness. Exploring the importance of self-esteem in the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and society, Dr. Branden provides guidelines for those responsible for fostering self-esteem in others - and shows why a culture of self-esteem is imperative for survival in the 21st century.

©Nathaniel Branden and Estelle Devers Branden; ©2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The father of the concept of self-esteem has written his masterpiece." (Warren Bennis)
"The ultimate work on self-esteem. Truly a classic." (T. George Harris, former editor of American Health and Psychology Today)

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    Robert New Glarus, WI, USA 12-04-03
    Robert New Glarus, WI, USA 12-04-03
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    "Something new surfaces every time I listen"

    This is one of Dr. Branden's finest works. Every time I listen to this program, I discover something new. Highly recommended as one of those books you should listen to at least once a year.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Matteo Lombardi Barcelona, Spain 07-17-11
    Matteo Lombardi Barcelona, Spain 07-17-11 Member Since 2011

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "Your jorney starts here"

    Please excuse my bad english, but I have to say something important about this book. Since I was sick one year ago I embarque on a journey of discovery, discovery that another life was possible. I quit my job and I am opening up a company, discovering a new way of life outside and whitin. why does this metter?

    I know many of us are doing this jorney, specially the ones that ended up reading this comment. So I tell you, of all the books you can read this is the basis, this is the Pillar. Even if you hate self help (as I do) you will find that you can not move forward in life if you haven set your basis right, your pillar, yourself.

    Mainly, this book talks about accepting yourself and you capacity to solve the problems of life. It tells you step on how to acchive this.

    Personally, I dont understand how teachers, psicologists, and people in general could have miss this teaching, that is the most fundamental teaching of all. Working in your self esteem is what will give you the strenght and purpose to fullfill your dreams, without it, you are very likely to make your self fail.

    Other books that I advice, Your Brain at Work and The 4-hour Workweek.

    Matteo

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    michael Hanover, MD, United States 09-11-08
    michael Hanover, MD, United States 09-11-08 Member Since 2005
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    "I recommend anything by Nathaniel Branden"

    Just as good as his other book. Self-help without without preaching, or proselytizing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward oakville , Ontario, Canada 10-11-07
    Edward oakville , Ontario, Canada 10-11-07
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    "Outstanding Work!"

    Herein lies a great tool to help us all along the sometimes difficult road of self development and most importantly inner peace! This program helped me personally and as a senior manager helped me assist others.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 07-26-13
    Marie 07-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More Peace and Power"

    I have listened to this twice, and the second time was better in that the material began to "stick". I am learning about Self-Esteem in a whole new way. There is a great deal of misinformation about what it really is, so this is very eye-opening. I'm reading "Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life" right now. I am noticing where and at what times in my life I have possessed the most power - real power, over myself and my choices, and it is becoming clear just why that was. I shall create it again, because nobody is coming to do it for me. How liberating. This audiobook gets my highest recommendation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Stevenson 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "High ROI for time invested!"

    Nathaniel Brandon's voice has been a nearly constant companion for many weeks now, as I work nearby. I have really enjoyed living with the material and think anyone that actually follows his directions will find clues to the source of deep personal truths.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Mesa, AZ, United States 08-30-12
    Michelle Mesa, AZ, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I have shared this book with some of my loved ones"
    If you could sum up The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem in three words, what would they be?

    Goal-setting; Positive; & Honest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A (well, I suppose I was my favorite character. I could appreciate the lessons with regards to different times in my own life, and apply the positive messaging to my day to day life. I am sharing this book with the young people in my life!)


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book the first time I listened to it. I began setting goals again - and have accomplished several of them. Sometimes - it is difficult to listen to the more monotone reading of this book - despite how good the lessons within it are. I am listening to it for my second time right now - which may affect my desire for more inflection in the story telling. Overall - I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem?

    I've already enjoyed the benefits of reapplying goal setting & keeping a positive theme throughout my life.


    Any additional comments?

    This can be considered just a business book - but the application can permiate your entire world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Austin, TX, USA 06-21-08
    Steve Austin, TX, USA 06-21-08
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    "Look Elsewhere"

    I barely made it halfway through this audiobook and couldn't take any more. Maybe it is just personal taste, but I found it very longwinded and repetitive. When I reached the part where the author started rambling on about his obsessive relationship with Ayn Rand, I knew this wasn't the tape for me. On a positive note, this tape did cause me to look elsewhere, and I eventually ended up purchasing "Ten Days to Self Esteem" (workbook, not audio) by Dr. David Burns. I recommend this workbook highly, as I am already seeing great improvements in my mood and self esteem. I hope this helps.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Johannesburg, South Africa 11-22-11
    Michael Johannesburg, South Africa 11-22-11
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    "A good start"

    This was one of the first books on self esteem and does a descent job at taking a crack at the topic. I found it lacking from the perspective that the author doesn't want to look at how 'spirituality' might have a strong influence on why someone should consider themselves important, capable and lovable. The author has a lot of good stuff to say, much of which is common sense, but we often miss that which is common sense unless we take a long time to think it through which we often don't.
    I would say that you would probably benefit from reading this book but it is only a good beginning.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Luigi Grimaldi 11-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Self-Esteem is essential. Here is your mentor."
    Would you listen to The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem again? Why?

    No. I rarely read a book like this more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. Being an objectivist, I truly enjoy this man's journey from objectivism to his presentation of self-esteem. Truly Mr. Branden has some serious intelligent capital in his bank.


    What about Dr. Nathaniel Branden’s performance did you like?

    He is a very good orator. His treatment of the subject is confident and natural. I think that after hearing him speak of self-esteem, I would only prefer that he read his own material.


    What did you learn from The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem that you would use in your daily life?

    The importance of self-esteem that is rooted in personal principles and actions that flow from them with an unwavering yet realistic approach in the real world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a liberating book and a must-read for anyone who wants to build character. Rational objectivist and Aristotelian. How to become an oak instead of a willow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "A classic on its subject"

    This is a clear exposition of Dr Branden's views on self-esteem (what it is, what is isn't, how to develop it, how to lose it and how to try and get it back) set out in a logical structure and well read (by the american author). More an exposition of the subject than a self-help guide, it is nonetheless packed with insights and an absorbing listen. Far from the usual run-of-the-mill, insubstantial single-note self-help stuff available from well-meaning non-experts, this material is dense enough to warrant re-listening (probably several times). (The author's other audio-book, 'The Psychology of Self-Esteem' is more theoretical and slighly less accessible - I would suggest starting with The Six Pillars, and then trying The Psychology if you want to pursue the subject.) Recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • StudentOfLife
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    "Taken advantage of often or act fake? Read this"
    What did you like most about The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem?

    In depth discussion of why people doubt themselves. A bit heavy for a first read if you're finally taking a step to change your life. Come back after the second or third book, then it's pure magic (Steve Peter's chimp management and Paul Mcgee's Self Confidence are good starters the Brene Brown's The Gift of Imperfection). Awful audio though but it's worth it.


    What other book might you compare The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem to, and why?

    Paul Mcgee Self confidence, Steve Peter's Chimp management.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dr. Nathaniel Branden?

    Andrew Macmillan


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's talk on self acceptance and self assertion are nothing short of life changing. Self responsibility seems helpful for those who feel they don't have a habit on life, but if you're buying the book for you, i'm guessing you're aware that you "can" change your life.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have self confidence issues, and have actively been trying to address it buy reading and making life changes this is can be final nail in the coffin for your self doubt and lack of self worth. Along with it's much long awaited burial ceremony.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    11/16/11
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    "Transformed my understanding of Self-Esteem"

    I had been aware of the concept "self-esteem" since the 80s but never really understood what it meant beyond the vaguest terms. This book was a revelation because it clearly explains the psychological causes and effects that can lead to a raising or lowering of self-esteem. The book also explains how your self-esteem can be brought under your own control. I found the exercises provided by Dr Branden to be easy to use and they brought noticeable and lasting benefits. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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