The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
|January 8, 2003|
Branden's formulation of self-esteem differs from mainstream theories in that Branden considers self-esteem to be an "immune system" of the consciousness, defending it against nihilism and ideas of self-hatred.
A program of sentence-completion exercises is included in an appendix for improving self-esteem.
The Six Pillars
- Living Consciously: "A mind that is active rather than passive. An intelligence that takes joy in its own function. Being 'in the moment,' without losing the wider context..."
- Self-Acceptance: "It is the refusal to regard any part of ourselves—our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, our actions, our dreams—as alien, as 'not me'."
- Self-Responsibility: "I am responsible for the achievement of my desires. I am responsible for my choices and actions."
- Self-Assertiveness: Sincere belief in one's own right to exist.
- Living Purposefully: "Taking responsibility for formulating one's goals and purposes consciously."
- Personal Integrity: "When we behave in ways that conflict with our judgment of what is appropriate, we lose face in our own eyes."
- "The stability we cannot find in the world we must create within our own persons."
- "Underneath all my work, the core idea I wanted to teach was: Your life is important. Honor it. Fight for your highest possibilities."
- "There is no greater barrier to romantic happiness than the fear that I am undeserving of love and that my destiny is to be hurt."
- "Self-esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as worthy of happiness."
- "If human life and happiness are the standard, not all cultural traditions are equal."
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