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Podcast #260: The Practice of Living Consciously (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 1)

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Wes Bertrand and I begin a series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes an introductory discussion and also covers the Practice of Living Consciously.

1. The Practice of Living Consciously
2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance
3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility
4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness
5. The Practice of Living Purposefully
6. The Practice of Personal Integrity

Questions to answer in this series:
what is self-esteem?
why is it important?
what can we do to raise self-esteem?
what role do others play in our self-esteem?

The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar:
-identify and define
-what are the obstacles
-personal stories, struggles
-how to overcome them

Bumper Music:
"Tunnel of Love" Bruce Springsteen
"Can You Feel It" Jackson 5
"Mighty Love" The Detroit Spinners

Look Closer:
Complete Liberty Podcast

An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Happiness Counseling Resource Page

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf)

  1. Profile photo of Matthew
    January 29, 2014


    Excellent Show. I’ve been following the NVC podcasts and have added Wes to my podcast reader. Looking forward to more!

  2. February 1, 2014


    Hands down the best intro you’ve put together for a podcast. One of my favorite Louis CK clips, and perfect for this subject.

    SO GLAD you’re doing a mini-series on this. I have a feeling in a year or two that I’m going to be referring people to SSP’s series as a primer on how to flourish as a human being.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. February 20, 2014


    It seems as though I may be evolving down the same path as yourself. Every time you produce these personal development podcast, they hit home like no other. Thank you for this series. I finished the Six Pillars of Self Esteem right as episode 2 was released. This content is incredibly timely in our current paradigm. Thanks for it!

  4. June 30, 2015


    Fascinating, and seems it could be a quite helpful, too! (I’ve only heard one of the podcasts in the series as of yet).
    My sister is raising her first daughter, who is six years old. I hope she will take as much interest in this series as I have… Not to imply it isn’t useful for me, but rather, I want to share it with everyone I know.
    I’m grateful for having stumbled across your podcasts. Thank you

  5. July 1, 2015


    How I wish School Sucks had been around when I was young. I rebelled for many of the reasons talked about in the podcasts. I never understood why I felt like there was something wrong with me, even with many hours of therapy. I could say more but I’m sure other people have written similar stories about growing up in difficult environments that doesn’t allow for self-esteem, growth, & self-actualization.

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