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[PODCAST] #443: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 2) How Self-Knowledge Fosters Self-Education and Individualism

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Wes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how.

INTRO MONTAGE:
Collectivism pulls us away from pursuits of self-knowledge, self-assertiveness and self-actualization, away from becoming who we are. The easiest forms of collectivism to carelessly embrace are tribalism and racism. Pseudo-self-esteem is often the result of such embrace.

This montage is a 2016 update on Rand's thoughts on racism, Branden's 1971 warnings about anti-individualist psychology and our 2014 discussions on self-esteem.

DISCUSSION:
We aimed to focus this segment on the importance of self-knowledge and how it prepares us for self-education, but due to the gravity of the current political situation we spend a considerable amount of time on race, IQ, tribalism and a culture focused on non-essentials. The article we're discussing is called The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM
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

Bumper Music:
Alabama Shakes - "Sound & Color"
The Who - "I've Known No War"
Yes - "Yours Is No Disgrace"

Look Closer:
Complete Liberty Podcast
NathanielBranden.com
The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything
Happiness Counseling Resource Page
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf)

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