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A Life Changing Program for Personal Growth!

How you feel about yourself crucially affects virtually every aspect of your life, especially how high in life you are likely to rise. Who and what you think you are shape all your responses. Self-esteem, therefore, becomes the key to success or failure. It is also the key to understanding yourself and others.

In this outstanding audio program, the pioneering psychotherapist, Dr. Nathaniel Branden, details for you - in easy-to-understand language - the action, both mental and physical, you can take to advance your self-esteem and he self-esteem of others. His recommended strategies for building self-esteem have been thoroughly tested with the many thousands he has helped during his 30 years as a psychotherapist.

You learn specific exercises and behaviors that will raise your self-esteem. You discover how to:

  • Experience more joy in the sheer fact of being.
  • Implement the four-step process that frees you from guilt.
  • Gain insightful information that usually lies beyond your ordinary consciousness.
  • Enhance your chances of forming relationships that are nourishing instead of destructive.
  • “Live consciously” - the foundation for self-respect and self-confidence.
  • Become more innovative, rather than ritualistic or tradition-bound, in your work.
  • Expand the creative and spiritual areas of your life
  • And much, much more!

©1986 Nathaniel Branden (P)1986 Nightingale Conant

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Would you try another book from Nathaniel Branden and/or Nathaniel Branden?

Maybe a book. Not an "audio book" though.

What didn’t you like about Nathaniel Branden’s performance?

Nathaniel Branden's performance was OK. Some things he said were said a bit weirdly, but overall he was ok.But I have to agree with another reviewer of...... no one else should've spoke during this. Everyone's "performance" was awful. Honestly every time I heard someone else speak, I skipped ahead 30 seconds until I heard Nathaniel's voice again.

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I hate that this has so many moments where you just listen to 80's synth music for up to a minute.<br/><br/>-----<br/><br/>This would be better as a book. I like to listen to audio books only in a car or while working on something.... yet there are numerous times where he says: "Ok now write down this, and finish this sentence five times. And write this down, and this, and this, and this, and this, now this, now journal that," etc etc. Buy the book and forget this version.<br/><br/>-----<br/><br/>I feel like I could've done without having so many "examples" of issues people. It felt like there were too many, and the segments lasted too long... especially with how AWFUL the performance was. And then some seemed kind of...... weird and fake. Such as the man who found himself lusting after his neighbor's wife and was fantasizing about cheating with her on his wife for almost a year, and then realized: "Oh I'm not attracted to her and don't want to have sex with her or anything like that, I'm just unhappy with my job! I never realized I didn't like my career before!" That one felt incredibly fake, or at least stretched.<br/><br/>-----<br/><br/>A lot of these things just seemed... unhelpful. The first 3 chapters seemed to be "pay attention in life and don't act like a victim." Then one chapter was a "hypnotism" where he wanted you to imagine finding your inner child standing next to a tree, then you needed to write out tons of answers of what you were doing at different ages of your life.<br/><br/>---------<br/><br/>As an audio book I'd give this 1.5/5. As an actual self help book........ maybe a 2.5/5. A lot of the help in this seems more like it would only help someone that was very broken. Possibly something you've give to someone in AA or NA struggling to beat addiction.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Too many sentence stems

Where does The Psychology of High Self-Esteem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really liked the knowledge in this book. I didn't like the sentence stems - I prefer to listen and learn, rather than to stop and do the practical exercises.

Would you be willing to try another book from Nathaniel Branden? Why or why not?

For sure, Nathaniel really appeared to know what he was talking about. Someone who has practiced a lot and has learnt much that he is willing to share.

What does Nathaniel Branden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think he brings much.

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

The interrelationship between behaviour, self beliefs and self esteem. I will be seeing behaviours as indicators of self esteem, and attempting to practice better behaviours.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Sorry not for me! So boring.

What would have made The Psychology of High Self-Esteem better?

Written by someone who was awake.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nathaniel Branden?

Anyone. His voice is so so dull.

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Very boring. I wanted a book to help me with self-esteem and related anxiety issues.<br/><br/>Instead i got a book that QUITE LITERALLY sent me to sleep. Dull, pretentious and no help.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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not worth cost

poor information, was not significantly parallel with cost of book. I do not recommend, ,

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Best self development book I've found

I read some of the negative reviews and decided not to take them too seriously as they might be written by people who did not apply the lesson, negative people tend to give bad reviews. Personally I could not get enough, driving and listening there were absolute jaw dropping revelations about myself I'd never thought of. I was completely blown away by how truly being honest with myself and learning more about who I am. Every part of me needed to hear this. In two days of this information I already see much more clearly the war I have been in with myself, and how to make peace within thank you for making this book available on audio, it's the only time I've got to read is when I'm on the move. I loved the music, the exercises and the patients listen and do the writing exercises and this will change your life!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicole
  • PROVO, UT, United States
  • 02-10-15

I would have rather read it than heard it

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The information was fine, it was the ladies voice that drove me crazy!! If it was just his voice I could have got through easily, but with the other voices, especially that lady, it was hard to get through

16 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Even better than the Six-Pillars of Self-Esteem

What made the experience of listening to The Psychology of High Self-Esteem the most enjoyable?

This program is great because I find it even more practical than The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem<br/>It is narrated by Nathaniel before his disease advanced. His voice is vibrant and enthusiastic. There are other voice actors that play the roles of regular people dealing with life difficulties. This makes the program highly relatable/practical

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Its filled with practical exercises, sentence completions and it goes deeper with issues dealing with the child-self. This is something where The Six Pillars didn't had as much. This program, with examples, shows how important it is to deal with these problems. Frequently they influence us without our awareness but if you apply the exercises in the audio program you can bring it to your consciousness and solve them

Any additional comments?

Think of this program as the proper audio version of the Six Pillars. I'm know there is an audiobook of the Six Pillars but frankly, I found it too short and not well edited. Nathaniel was advanced in his disease when he narrated that, and his voice showed that. Meanwhile on this program he was still healthy and full of life, and this comes through in his voice and passion<br/><br/>The program was very well edited and put together

10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Awesome audiobook.

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It was an awesome audiobook that I want to keep applying into my life.

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exellent

loved... all action no fluff. bit of an 80s style recording. but insightful. deep. very deep introspection.

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  • Damien
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 08-24-15

Very Good

This is not an audio book you just listen to. The format is Branden explaining a point or topic and how it relates to self-estemm. In these parts a few actors sometimes play the part of Branden's clients to give real world examples of what he is talking about. The acting is quite good. After the topic has been explored by Branden you are then asked to complete several sentence stems with around six endings. The sentence stem exercies are supposed to provide insight or highlight some part of you thinking or state etc. and then to alert to you the possibility of change. If you do all the sentence stem exercises you will probably spend more time on them then listening to Branden and the actors.

I found this a very helpful and insightful program. There were many times I stopped to pause after a passage I found relevant to my life to consider what Nathaniel Branden had said. The sentence stem exercises were useful and and times thought provoking also. Well worth a look if you are after a practical program to improve your self-esteem.

5 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Coffee4Life
  • 10-10-16

Not for me.

Would you try another book written by Nathaniel Branden or narrated by Nathaniel Branden?

No thanks.

Any additional comments?

Everyone has a different opinion but i personally found this very very dull and absolutely zero help. All the advice felt patronising and cliched. Not for me, sorry!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. F. Zambuko
  • 05-26-16

Mind = blown

This book spoke to me on every single part of my being, some of the descriptions and concepts and examples he was giving was almost like he knew who I was and what I needed to do in my life. It's been an eye opening experience.

5 of 13 people found this review helpful