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


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:
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An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Happiness Counseling Resource Page


The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf)

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

  2. 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. “Jitterbug Perfume”


    Contains a character, king of a small land, who becomes [it’s been decades, forgive me…] the first man with … not self-awareness… darn, I can’t remember. But it manifests as as desire to escape an ordained fate, to become more. He seems relevant to some questions raised.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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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