The Laws Of Human Nature, by Robert Greene, Part I: Master Your Emotional Self

Robert Greene’s newly released book, The Laws Of Human Nature, meets the precedent set by his bestselling The 48 Laws Of Power, Mastery, The Art Of Seduction and The 33 Strategies Of War. Greene specializes in unmasking the Machiavellian side to human nature, and in many ways, this latest book represents a culmination of his […]

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On Responsibility

There is a difference between ‘fault’ and ‘responsibility’ that we often overlook today. You are shaped by forces largely out of your control. As a child, you were stamped with experience, and were very limited in your perception of that experience. Psychological problems, repeating cycles that you notice yourself going through, and even negative personalities […]

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On Selfishness

Many years ago now I had an epiphany: all of us are selfish, there is no such thing as selflessness, and, moreover, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, I think if you look around at the world we inhabit, we may be tempted instead to say that there is something wrong with […]

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Love Is…

When we speak of Love, we typically employ it to define a relationship between two individuals. But Love is more like a state of being; it’s a capacity. Typically, when we think we love another, our love is conditional; it depends upon certain qualities that the individual possesses , and if they ceased to posses […]

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A Great Lesson: Showing Up to Learn

One of the greatest lessons that I have learned is the power of reframing failures as learning experiences. It literally propelled my dating life and success with women. Throughout my twenties, my self-esteem was so low, and my confidence in my own attractiveness so non-existent, that I not only didn’t have much success with members […]

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A Short Contemplation About Self-Esteem

“If my aim is to prove I am ‘enough,’ the project goes on to infinity–because the battle was already lost on the day I conceded the issue was debatable.” –Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Yesterday the thought occurred to me that we are easily persuaded about the subjectivity of perception; I see from […]

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On Gratitude

The way you view your reality, the value that you give to it, really does shape your experience. Cultivating a daily practice of being grateful for things that we normally take for granted in our day to day lives actually trains your brain to seek out the positive. The habit of daily gratitude is one […]

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On Finding A Purpose

“To live without purpose,” wrote Nathaniel Branden, “is to live at the mercy of chance–the chance event, the chance phone call, the chance encounter–because we have no standard by which to judge what is or is not worth doing. Outside forces bounce us along, like a cork floating on the water, with no initiative of […]

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Nathaniel Branden On The Meaning of Self Esteem

Nathaniel Branden’s classic 1994 work on the nature and importance of self-esteem, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, is one of the most important books for anyone embarking on the quest for self-betterment. Branden literally wrote the book on self-esteem; in fact, he wrote several, with The Six Pillars being the most monumental. Understanding what self-esteem […]

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