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The Theory and Practice of Self-Esteem

Gena Gorlin

Presented at: OCON 2013

Date: Jul 05, 2013

Ayn Rand identified self-esteem as one of the three cardinal values that man requires in order to live. Today’s academic and popular psychologists similarly recognize that self-esteem is indispensible to human well-being; yet, laboring under vague and contradictory philosophical assumptions about the nature of self-esteem, they dispense practical advice ranging from helpful to destructive. Fortunately, Ayn Rand provided a solid philosophical foundation for us to stand on as we survey this muddy intellectual landscape, mining it for genuine insights about the cultivation and maintenance of self-esteem.

This course guides attendees in conducting just such a survey, starting with an overview of Ayn Rand’s theory of self-esteem and continuing with an examination of several prominent modern theories in its light. The research findings and practical recommendations associated with each theory are also discussed and evaluated. Attendees learn valuable new self-improvement strategies, as well as receive inspiration and guidance for further study.


Parts: 3

Handout: none


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