Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

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Seminal book by Nathaniel Branden.

  • Observe that before the issue of integrity can even be raised we need principles of behavior—moral convictions about what is and is not appropriate—judgments about right and wrong action. If we

do not yet hold standards, we are on too low a developmental rung even to be accused of hypocrisy. In such a case, our problems are too severe to be described merely as lack of integrity.”

  • “Integrity is the integration of ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs—and behavior. When

our behavior is congruent with our professed values, when ideals and practice match up, we have integrity.

  • On purpose - "“Purposes unrelated to a plan of action do not get realized. They exist as

frustrated yearnings."

  • "Apart from disturbance whose roots are biological, I cannot think of a single

psychological problem—from anxiety and depression, to underachievement at school or at work, to fear of intimacy, happiness, or success, to alcohol or drug abuse, to spouse battering or child molestation, to co-dependency and sexual disorders, to passivity and chronic aimlessness, to suicide and crimes of violence—that is not traceable, at least in part, to the problem of deficient self-esteem. Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the one we pass on ourselves.” ~ Nathaniel Branden from The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem