• The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self

    Nathaniel Branden
  • Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves

    Nathaniel Branden
  • It is naive to think that self-assertiveness is easy. To live self-assertively--which means to live authentically--is an act of high courage. That is why so many people spend the better part of their lives in hiding--from others and also from themselves

    Nathaniel Branden
  • Self-esteem is not a luxury; it is a profound spiritual need

    Nathaniel Branden
  • Genuine self esteem – please understand this – genuine self esteem is not competitive or comparative. Genuine self esteem isn’t expressed by self-glorification at the expense of others, or by trying to make yourself superior to everyone else, or diminishing others in order to elevate yourself. Arrogance, boastfulness, the overestimation of your abilities, reflect low self esteem, even though we’re often encouraged to believe the opposite. In human beings, joy in the simple fact of existence is a core meaning of healthy self esteem. Thus understood, how can you possibly have too much of it?

    Nathaniel Branden
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