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  • Full Title: Honoring the Self: Self-Esteem and Personal Transformation (Note: Some secondary sources give an alternate subtitle for this book of "The Psychology of Confidence and Respect." The subtitle indicated in the listing is from a paperback edition of the book in the possession of the ORC.)
  • Author(s): Nathaniel Branden
  • Year Published: 1983
  • Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher (hardcover); Bantam Books (paperback)
  • Publication Type: Commercial
  • ISBN-10: 0-87477-270-2 (hardcover), 0-553-26814-7 (paperback)
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  • Description: One of Branden's many books on self-esteem, this book also contains a section discussing ethics.


Chapters significantly related to Ayn Rand or Objectivism are indicated in bold.

  1. The Dynamics of Self-Esteem
    1. Self-Esteem in Human Life
    2. The Need for Self-Esteem
    3. Self-Esteem and Child-Parent Relationships
    4. Generating Positive Self-Esteem
    5. The Problem of Guilt
    6. Motivation by Fear
    7. Self-Esteem, Work, and Love
  2. The Struggle for Individuation
    1. Evolving Toward Autonomy
    2. The Problem of Self-Alienation
    3. The Art of Being
    4. Death Anxiety
  3. Egoism
    1. Rational Selfishness
    2. Self-Sacrifice
    3. Individualism and the Free Society
    4. Self-Esteem and Beyond

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