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Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
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“The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Some people stand and move as if they have no right to the space they occupy. They wonder why others often fail to treat them with respect--not realizing that they have signalled others that it is not necessary to treat them with respect.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“We must become what we wish to teach.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“When we learn how to be in an intimate relationship without abandoning our sense of self, when we learn how to be kind without being self-sacrificing, when we learn how to cooperate with others without betraying our standards and convictions, we are practicing self-assertiveness.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“In addition, if a person makes the error of identifying self with his work (rather than with the internal virtues that make the work possible), if self-esteem is tied primarily to accomplishments, success, income, or being a good family provider, the danger is that economic circumstances beyond the individual’s control may lead to the failure of the business or the loss of a job, flinging him into depression or acute demoralization.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“If my aim is to prove I am “enough,” the project goes on to infinity—because the battle was already lost on the day I conceded the issue was debatable.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Regardless of what we think we're teaching, we teach what we are.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“When we have unconflicted self-esteem, joy is our motor, not fear. It is happiness that we wish to experience, not suffering that we wish to avoid. Our purpose is self-expression, not self-avoidance or self-justification. Our motive is not to “prove” our worth but to live our possibilities.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“The willingness to experience and accept our feelings carries no implication that emotions are to have the last word on what we do. I may not be in the mood to work today; I can acknowledge my feelings, experience them, accept them—and then go to work. I will work with a clearer mind because I have not begun the day with self-deception.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“But if I lack respect for and enjoyment of who I am, I have very little to give—except my unfilled needs. In my emotional impoverishment, I tend to see other people essentially as sources of approval or disapproval. I do not appreciate them for who they are in their own right. I see only what they can or cannot do for me. I am not looking for people whom I can admire and with whom I can share the excitement and adventure of life. I am looking for people who will not condemn me—and perhaps will be impressed by my persona, the face I present to the world. My ability to love remains undeveloped. This is one of the reasons why attempts at relationships so often fail—not because the vision of passionate or romantic love is intrinsically irrational, but because the self-esteem needed to support it is absent.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“What is required for many of us, paradoxical though it may sound, is the courage to tolerate happiness without self-sabotage.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“To live consciously means to seek to be aware of everything that bears on our actions, purposes, values, and goals—to the best of our ability, whatever that ability may be—and to behave in accordance with that which we see and know.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“In the inner courtroom of my mind, mine is the only judgment that counts.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“I am responsible for my personal happiness. One of the characteristics of immaturity is the belief that it is someone else’s job to make me happy—much as it was once my parents’ job to keep me alive. If only someone would love me, then I would love myself. If only someone would take care of me, then I would be contented. If only someone would spare me the necessity of making decisions, then I would be carefree. If only someone would make me happy. Here’s a simple but powerful stem to wake one up to reality: If I take full responsibility for my personal happiness—. Taking responsibility for my happiness is empowering. It places my life back in my own hands. Ahead of taking this responsibility, I may imagine it will be a burden. What I discover is that it sets me free.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“As a psychotherapist I see that nothing does as much for an individual’s self-esteem as becoming aware of and accepting disowned parts of the self. The, first steps of healing and growth are awareness and acceptance—consciousness and integration. They are the fountainhead of personal development.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“To be flexible is to be able to respond to change without inappropriate attachments binding one to the past. A clinging to the past in the face of new and changing circumstances is itself a product of insecurity, a lack of self-trust. Rigidity is what animals sometimes manifest when they are frightened: they freeze.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Most of us are capable of more than we believe.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Ideas do matter and do have consequences.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“For the optimal realization of our possibilities, we need to trust ourselves and we need to admire ourselves, and the trust and admiration need to be grounded in reality, not generated out of fantasy and self-delusion.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Sometimes self-assertiveness is manifested through volunteering an idea or paying a compliment; sometimes through a polite silence that signals nonagreement; sometimes by refusing to smile at a tasteless joke.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“If I am unwilling to take responsibility for the attainment of my desires, they are not really desires—they are merely daydreams.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Throughout the world there is an awakening to the fact that, just as a human being cannot hope to realize his or her potential without healthy self-esteem, neither can a society whose members do not respect themselves, do not value their persons, do not trust their minds. But with all of these developments, what precisely self-esteem is—and what specifically its attainment depends on—remain the great questions.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“I cannot organize my behaviour optimally if my goal is merely "to do my best." The assignment is too vague.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Your life is important. Honor it. Fight for your highest possibilities.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“A mind that trusts itself is light on its feet.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“I recall my sometimes acutely painful feelings of loneliness and of longing for someone with whom I could share thoughts, interests, and feelings. By sixteen I had accepted the idea that loneliness was a weakness and longing for human intimacy represented a failure of independence. I did not hold this view consistently, but I held it some of the time, and when I did, I had no answer to the pain except to tense my body against it, contract my breathing, reproach myself, and look for a distraction. I tried to convince myself I did not care. In effect, I clung to alienation as a virtue.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Fear and pain should be treated as signals not to close our eyes but to open them wider.”
Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“Thus, I can recognize that I have been unfair and hurtful to my child (or my spouse or my friend) and need to make amends. But I don’t want to admit I made a mistake, so I procrastinate, claiming that I am still “thinking” about the situation. This is the opposite of living consciously. At a fundamental level, it is an avoidance of consciousness—avoidance of the meaning of what I am doing; avoidance of my motives; avoidance of my continuing cruelty.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
“if we have parents who raise us with love and respect; who allow us to experience consistent and benevolent acceptance; who give us the supporting structure of reasonable rules and appropriate expectations; who do not assail us with contradictions; who do not resort to ridicule, humiliation, or physical abuse as means of controlling us; who project that they believe in our competence and goodness—we have a decent chance of internalizing their attitudes and thereby of acquiring the foundation for healthy self-esteem.”
Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

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