Posts Tagged ‘Ayn Rand’

My Second Audio Interview With Nathaniel Branden

April 9, 2010

Nathaniel Branden

I am very happy to present this 26-minute follow-up audio interview with psychotherapist and philosopher Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. Branden is a renowned 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.

I am posting this interview on Nathaniel’s 80th birthday! Happy birthday, Nathaniel, and thank you for the work you do in this world!

Click here to visit Nathaniel’s website.

Click here to listen to my first audio interview with Nathaniel Branden.

Click here to watch a twenty-eight minute interview with Nathaniel Branden on Libertarian TV in which he discusses at length his relationship with Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Ojectivism.

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My First Audio Interview With Nathaniel Branden

January 15, 2010

Nathaniel Branden

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.”

To listen to our interview, click on the audio player below:

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Three Books

July 6, 2009

If you could recommend just three books to all your friends, which three would you choose? The only rules are that they each have to be very different from each other (different authors, genres, etc.) and your list cannot include the Bible.

Here are my three:

autobiography-of-a-yogi-book-coverReading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda at the age of forty-two was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. From the beginning chapter, I felt like I had finally come home. This was the life I had always wished was possible but never dreamed it could be. Read my full post on this book.

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To Smoke or Not to Smoke

November 20, 2008

no-smoking-symbolToday is the Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hop that they quit for good.

Personally, I have zero tolerance for cigarette smoke. It gives me a fierce headache so I avoid it at all costs. But the psychology behind why people smoke fascinates me. I consider it a colossally self-destructive behavior. Not everybody feels that way, of course.


Bill Hicks

Houston comic Bill Hicks, who died of cancer, loved to smoke. “I like to think of my life as a highway flowing through the universe,” he eloquently explained, “and I need the tar to fill the potholes in my soul.”

To smoke or to complain about smoke, that is the question. Smokers and nonsmokers alike are ready to deliver their impassioned views at the drop of a match. Over the years, I’ve collected passages from celebrities who have climbed up on the smoking soapbox to express their love or hatred of cigarettes. They range from arrogant to insightful to hilarious. Overall, they make for a good read


New York author and curmudgeon
From her essay, “When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes … Shut Them”

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