Posts Tagged ‘Nathaniel Branden’

My Visit With Nathaniel Branden

August 4, 2011

Nathaniel Branden and I share a laugh in his Los Angeles home

I was honored to meet with psychotherapist and philosopher Nathaniel Branden in his Los Angeles home today. Nathaniel 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 had interviewed Nathaniel twice for my blog and had thoroughly enjoyed our discussions. He and his wife, Leigh, graciously welcomed me into their home upon my arrival from Minneapolis. Jenny, my college friend, picked me up at LAX and we headed right over to the Brandens.

I’ve long admired Nathaniel’s work in the fields of romantic love and self-esteem. I also throughly enjoyed reading his account of his days with the legendary Ayn Rand. During our talk today, I told him how mesmerized I was by his account of the day his then-wife, Devers Branden, visited Ayn Rand at her New York home and went toe (more…)

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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Nathaniel Branden on Passion and Soulfulness

March 22, 2010

Nathaniel Branden



I was interested in Nathaniel Branden‘s essay on spirituality, particularly because of his longtime association with Ayn Rand‘s philosophy, Objectivism, which is decidedly atheistic. I like what he has to say on the subject. I also liked reading about his epiphany regarding the process of writing and living in the present moment. I hope you enjoy it too!

Click here to visit Nathaniel’s website.







PASSION AND SOULFULNESS
By Nathaniel Branden, Ph. D.

When I think of nourishing the soul, I think of nurturing the ability to respond positively to life—that is, the ability to sustain passion for our interests, values, and projects. I believe that the worst of all spiritual defeats is to lose enthusiasm for life’s possibilities.

Every life has its share of setbacks and disappointments—of tragedy and loss. So the question we all confront, in the face of negatives that may assail us, is: How do we keep our inner fire alive?

Two things, at minimum, are needed: an (more…)

You’re Got Relationship Questions, Nathaniel Branden Has Answers!

March 19, 2010

If you are in a relationship or want to be in a relationship—which is pretty much everybody!—you owe it to yourself to read The Romantic Love Question & Answer Book, written by psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden.

The book addresses every conceivable aspect of romantic relationships and offers a wealth of insights and examples that can help people create a healthier, more intimate relationship. If you are not currently in a relationship, this book can help you make your next relationship a successful one.

The book was published in 1982. I suspect that if it had been published in 2010, it would have been a runaway bestseller.

Nathaniel Branden

Branden writes with great clarity and precision. I found myself repeatedly impressed with how he expressed complicated subjects so concisely and powerfully. Reading something that makes me think, “Wow, I couldn’t write this better myself,” is my litmus test for quality.

I had read Branden’s book, The Psychology of Romantic Love, years ago and enjoyed it greatly. (Originally published in 1980, Branden updated it in 2008.) In both books, he shares a sentence-completion exercise that is remarkably effective at helping people express their true feelings about a topic. For example, here is a humorous albeit quite revealing excerpt:

Q: My husband is in favor of my working, so long as it doesn’t interfere with all my duties at home. In effect, my emancipation consists of having two jobs. How do I get my husband to understand that I need help in running the house?

A: We once presented this problem at an Intensive to a group of men whose wives or girlfriends held jobs ranging from the secretarial to the executive. Most of them acknowledged feeling that regardless of any work a woman did outside, the home was her first responsibility.

We invited them to experiment with the sentence stem “If I were expected to be a homemaker in addition to holding down a full-time job——.” Amidst a good deal of laughter and embarrassment, their endings included:

I’d say, “Are you kidding?”

I’d feel angry and exploited.

I’d (more…)

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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