A 12-part audio program. Inspired by the book of the same title, this series examines in depth the psychology of individualism and the means by which persons achieve autonomy. This program also discuses the ethical and political aspects of individualism.
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Here is what you will find inside:
1. Self-Esteem in Human Life: Assertion of consciousness, the first act of honoring the self. Do’s and don’t of honoring the self. A program overview, including six objectives. What self-esteem means. Living up to your own standards. Recognizing genuine self-esteem
I emphatically recommend this to every member of the human race.
2. The Need for Self-Esteem: Where the issue of honoring the self first arises. What the choice of awareness means. Psychological determinism versus free will. The roles of reason and rationality. Limits to your autonomy. Reality, evasion, self-confidence, self- respect. Maintaining a sense of self-worth. Ego and your self-concept.
3. Self-Esteem and Child-Parent Relationships: Stanley Coopersmith’s four conditions most often associated with high self-esteem in children. A device for journeying into the childhood origins of your self- concept and self-esteem. Were you a “visible” or an “invisible” child?
4. Self-Esteem and Child-Parent Relationships (cont’d): Examples and results of repressive parental responses. The survival value inherent in self-blame. A sentence-completion exercise that reveals how you may be using self-condemnation. A telltale sign of low self-esteem. What you are ultimately responsible for.
For anyone looking to enhance their self-esteem, or to raise children with high self-esteem, this is a “must have”.
5. Generating Positive Self-Esteem: Suggested parameters for judging yourself. Why both your freedom and free will have limits. Three pillars of positive self-esteem. On being effective, and in control of your life. Intellectual independence. Perceiving what exists. What self-acceptance requires. Accepting instead of rejecting reality.
6. Motivation by Fear: Low self-esteem makes you fearful. It sabotages your mind, effectiveness and sense of worth. When and why distortion enters the picture. Identifying symptoms of self-esteem anxiety. The origin of self-distrust. Pseudo self-esteem. Common defense values. The self-talk that can eliminate defense values and change behavior.
7. Self-Esteem at Work: How high self-esteem will enhance your career. So will a high self-concept. Low self-esteem is often connected with success anxiety. Why finding a job that matches your talents and abilities is beneficial. Setting and meeting goals helps you live actively. Workaholism. Two-career families. The hidden costs of having children.
8. Expressing Self-Esteem in Love: Romantic love defined. The importance of liking as well as loving your partner. Why romantic love requires self-esteem. What happens when it is missing. Can being in love enhance self-esteem? Your greatest challenge: staying vulnerable. Secrets of longtime romantic relationships. The paradox of romantic love.
Self Help says:
I literally wept and felt as if a weight I had been carrying around for years had suddenly been lifted from my shoulders…
9. Evolving Toward Autonomy: You owe it to yourself to evolve into selfhood. It’s a challenge. and your success isn’t guaranteed. At any step, the process can be derailed or side-tracked. When this happens, a person may become alienated or stuck at a certain level of immaturity. Intellectual maturity is the ability to think in principles.
10. The Problem of Self-Alienation: Why it’s imperative to be in touch with your physical and emotional worlds. Why seeking a balance between the two is recommended. Alienation from the body and from emotions. How alienations develop. An exercise to detect possible emotional alienations. The first sign that something is wrong in your life.
11. The Art of Being: The art of being is knowing yourself. It means accepting and existing in harmony with yourself, and living out the highest possibilities of your nature. It includes three basic qualities: self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-assertion. Dr. Branden defines them and tells how to develop these qualities.
12. The Art of Being/Death Anxiety: In discussing self-assertion and providing sentence completion exercises, Dr. Branden helps you break free of the scripts others have written for you. You easily determine if self-assertion is a problem. He then discusses the ramifications of death anxiety. Sentence-completion exercises may reveal you suffer from death anxiety.
The deeper we learn to see inside ourselves, the more we clearly begin seeing what is truly important, what is truly meaningful. This program allowed me start this learning process. Needless to say, it is truly a wonderful thing!