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"Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem", says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, "and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence - and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself - your self-esteem - is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life." 

  • How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect
  • How to nurture self-esteem in children
  • How to break free of guilt and fear of others’ disapproval
  • How to honor the self - the ethics of rational self-interest

Nathaniel Branden‘s pioneering work in the field of self-esteem over seven decades contributed to the evolution of the concept from obscurity to greater levels of clarity and acceptance. He wrote nearly 20 books on self-esteem, including such influential works as The Psychology of Self-Esteem, How to Raise Your Self-Esteem, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, and The Art of Living Consciously. In addition to his extensive work as a writer, Branden worked as a lecturer, therapist, and corporate consultant specializing in assisting modern businesses employ the principles of self-esteem to achieve greater levels of success. He also the founded The Branden Institute for Self-Esteem, a counseling center in Los Angeles, California. He died in 2014.

©1987 Nathaniel Branden (P)1987 Nightingale-Conant

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Things that should’ve been taught in school.

A must read for anyone looking to reach the next level in their life/business, who feel blocked by the invisible wall of low self-esteem. You will soon find out what in your life is blocking your self growth, and confront it no matter how difficult and painful the block may be. A better You is waiting on the other side.

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  • AM
  • 11-11-19

Content is excellent. Performance is outdated

I listened to this audiobook in one go and immediately recommended it to others. This is a fascinating book with a lot to gain from. For some reason though the second chapter seems to be a repeat of part of the first chapter, but from chapter 3 to the end, this book is an absolutely invaluable source of knowledge. You can tell from the sound effects that this was recorded in the early 80s, but you stop noticing that after a while. Also, the author reads quite slowly, so I'd recommend listening on 1.5 or 1.75 speed. Excellent book, will be listening again.

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Excellent Book

This audiobook has lots of important insights into the human mind and self esteem. highly recommended for anyone looking for steps towards improving their life.

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Beg & end feels like a sales pitch. Rest is good.

The book is read like they are trying to sell you something else. Middle chapters like 3 through most of 13 is the best and feels more like a real book. but definitely has enough good parts that I want to go back through this book again. so good definitely outweighs the bad.

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Repeated Chapters

Was looking forward to this one. Hard to stay focused with his voice. I guess this topic wasn’t what I needed.

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Best of Branden’s audiobooks

chapter 2 is a repeat of chapter 1. Other than that the book is really a great way to introspect.

One of Nathaniel’s greatest.

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The music is annoying

Has good info but the music in the background is very very distracting and unnecessary. there is a noise in the background and you can hear a quiet repeat of what he’s saying and other voices.
It’s a lot of good info but they talk too fast. I feel this type of book, for me, would be better if I bought the actual book

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  • UrskaF
  • 04-05-19

Lots of theory, not much "how to"

Only the last 2 chapters give actual advice on how to improve your own self-esteem. The rest is all theory on how self-esteem works and is built in children. Not all bad but not what I expected.

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  • Sebastian Jönsson
  • 05-04-22

Worth every second

Got som age in it...but so does a fine wine.

Inspiring, available and beautifully worded, this will help you build your inner self.

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  • Constanza Carvacho
  • 12-20-21

i love Nathaniel Branden

I always love books read by the author. Nathaniel's message is powerful, if everyone knew this the world would be different!
listening to him has been very healing, helped me so much to grow and as a model of self esteem and what good self esteem means! I will surely listen to it many times! I totally recommend this! thank you!

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 09-12-21

Ok book, poor performance

the book is worth a read but the audio is terrible. the sound quality is poor, there are random bits of music here and there, and overall it has a 90s feel to it.

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  • Simon
  • 02-11-20

a lot of good bits

some very good info. reads like a story rather than cheesy self-help. You can find similar in his other books. psychology of self esteem etc. but a keeper.

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  • Mexie Butler
  • 03-14-20

Full of self-promotional advertising

I was very disappointed to be bombarded with self-promoting ads all frequent intervals throughout this book. It undermined any faith I might have had in the content. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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