NATHANIEL BRANDEN INTERVIEW (1 OF 2)
It was a great pleasure and privilege to interview psychotherapist and philosopher Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. Branden is a lecturer, practicing psychotherapist, and author of twenty books on the psychology of self-esteem, romantic love, and the life and thought of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand.
A pioneer in the field of “the psychology of self-esteem,” Branden has done more than anyone else to link the importance of self-esteem to human well-being, a mission which began with his involvement in Ayn Rand’s “Inner Circle.”
The fact that I break with Objectivism over the existence of God is irrelevant for the purposes of this interview and this blog. Nathaniel Branden is a man of integrity whose work celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and for that I applaud him and wholeheartedly recommend his books, including:
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NATHANIEL BRANDEN INTERVIEW (2 OF 2)
The following Nathaniel Branden interview about his years with Ayn Rand is from the Reason Foundation’s website.
The following notes accompanied the above video:
Throughout Ayn Rand’s career, no collaborator was closer to her than Nathaniel Branden, whom she once named her “intellectual heir.”
In Rand, Branden found a fearless advocate of individualism and of man as a heroic being. In Branden, Rand saw her vision come to life in flesh and blood. “She gave people a sense that they could be effective. That if they would persevere, stick by their standards, work hard, you could achieve something you can be proud of. Find that part in you—she would say the hero in your own soul’—and work towards that,” says Branden.
After a decade at the center of Rand’s inner circle, Branden founded the Nathaniel Branden Institute with the goal of promoting her philosophy. The Institute was largely responsible for the spread of Rand’s ideas during the 1960s, but came to an abrupt end when romantic conflict between Branden and Rand tore apart their professional association.
Despite the official and unreconciled split between the two, the 79-year-old Branden has remained true to the spirit of Rand’s work during his prolific career as a psychologist of self-esteem. To this day, their legacies remain inseparable and in 2000, Branden authored My Years with Ayn Rand, his second memoir of his relationship to the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
Approximately 10 minutes. Nathaniel Branden was interviewed by David Nott, filmed by Alex Manning, and edited by Hawk Jensen and Alex Manning.
This video is part of the Reason.tv series Radicals For Capitalism: Celebrating the Ideas of Ayn Rand.
The following notes accompanied the above video:
Arguably, no two people were closer to Ayn Rand than Barbara and Nathaniel Branden, whom Rand once named as her “intellectual heir.” Indeed, when the Brandens married in 1953, the author served as bridesmaid (Rand had also urged the pair to wed).
A decade later, the Brandens would collaborate on the first biography of Rand, Who Is Ayn Rand? In 1986, Barbara published a second biography, The Passion of Ayn Rand, which eventually was made into an award-winning Showtime movie starring Helen Mirren.
Despite the ruinous and controversial romantic affair between Rand and Nathaniel Branden and her eventual ouster from Rand’s inner circle, Barbara still feels fondly for the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. As Branden, now 80, recalls in this Reason.tv interview, “I felt like she’s answering questions that I’ve been looking for answers for, and nobody’s been giving me any sort of answer until now.”
Approximately seven minutes. Interview by Seth Goldin, camera by Alex Manning, and editing by Hawk Jensen.
This is part of the Reason.tv series Radicals For Capitalism: Celebrating the Ideas of Ayn Rand.
I also recommend Rand’s signature novels, as I mentioned in an earlier post:
Picking up a battered old copy of Ayn Rand‘s The Fountainhead when I was twenty-nine was a life-changing experience that snapped me out of my routine-induced stagnation and reignited my thinking processes. Ayn Rand and I differ on many positions but this tale of architect Howard Roark, the living embodiment of integrity, is a thrilling portrayal of what a human being is capable of becoming and creating. After reading this book, I put off reading Rand’s follow-up magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, because I wanted to delay the pleasure I knew I would receive from reading it. A couple of years later, I did read it; I laughed, I cried, I cheered. It was, in a word, awesome. Say what you want about Rand’s philosophy but give the lady her due—boy, could she write!
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