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Latest Productions

August, 2016

  • 11 August

    [BONUS] Self-Esteem Is A Scam? – Wes and Brett Respond

    (AUDIO, 97 MINUTES) Wes and I respond to an episode of the Tom Woods Show called "Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like A Bug." The episode features Dr. Michael Edelstein, a clinical psychologist and proponent of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy who has been a critic of the "self-esteem movement" for decades. Edelstein also believes that Branden's work contains serious problems because, in Edelstein's view, it encourages people to engage in self-rating. In this discussion we use: -Edelstein's website -audio from Tom Woods Ep. 543 Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like a Bug -transcripts from Tom Woods Ep. 543 Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like a Bug -an email exchange between Branden and Edelstein from 2001 RECOMMENDED: Check this out first. If the player doesn't ...

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  • 5 August

    [PODCAST] #445: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 4) Reparenting and Self-Integration

    Wes Bertrand and I discuss facets of healing trauma and activating 7th pillar true-self motivation. This is the fourth part in our rebooted 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: The 1989 film Parenthood is a humorous but touching look across three generations of a family system. The film's protagonist (Gil, played by Steven Martin), despite not having the reparenting/self-integration vocabulary, is determined to learn ...

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  • 4 August

    [BONUS] Neuroscience, Political Conventions, Psychedelics, etc… (Pre-Show For Podcast #445)

    (AUDIO, 45 MINUTES) After a brief discussion of New Hampshire mountain trivia, Wes Bertrand and I discuss the neuroscience work of Dr. Dan Siegel, both political conventions, Milo Yiannoplos, Stefan Molyneux's strange video Donald Trump's RNC Speech for Democrats, the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Adam Kokesh, psychedelics and a book called Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past. If player does not appear, click HERE.

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