- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Touchstone; Auflage: Fireside ed. (21. April 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0684832488
- ISBN-13: 978-0684832487
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,8 x 21,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 187.112 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Taking Responsibility (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 1997
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Arguing that people can have control over their lives only if they take responsibility for themselves, a guide to self-realization and self-esteem explains the difference between victim power and personal power.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
With a PhD in psychology, and a background in philosophy, Nathaniel Branden is a practicing psychotherapist and a corporate consultant, and is widely recognized as the world authority on self-esteem, a field he pioneered more than three decades ago. His many books include The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Taking Responsibility, Self-Esteem at Work, and A Woman's Self-Esteem. His newest book is My Years with Ayn Rand. He lives and works in Beverly Hills, California.
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He outlines the dangers and consequences of the "victim" mentality and explains why certain popular American beliefs are hurting the very people they are supposed to help.
Branden explains how responsible Americans are being forced by the US government to enable the irresponsibility of others.
Branden presents a well-organized model of personal responsibility which is unmatched by anything I have previously seen. In the book he offers practical exercises which can be used by all of us.
There is one point with which I strongly disagree with Branden, however. In his discussion of choices and consequences he uses one example of a parent giving a child a "choice" which really isn't much of a choice at all. The example is something like this "You can either sit quietly at the dinner table, or go to your room without eating. It is your choice. You decide."
To me this is an example of the use of power and punishment, not an example of natural consequences. Neither is it an example of emotional honesty or emotional intelligence by the parent. And finally, it is not even an example of using reason to explain cause and effect, something which Branden himself has strongly advocated throughout his writing career.
My only other somewhat negative comment is that Branden comes across at times as a tad judgmental, bitter and lecturing, which I attribute to the strength of his feelings and his conviction to his beliefs, and thus take with a grain of salt.
Overall, I strongly recommend this book to all teenagers, parents, teachers, professors, politicians, human service workers and policy makers.
An undue emphasis on nurture can underlie dangerous social arguments across the political spectrum. The Soviets created the biologist Lysenko to debunk the Darwinism that differed with the idea that human behavior could be molded to fit a utopian society; the American right wing sees the downtrodden as examples only of moral weakness, not as likely victims of fetal malnourishment through multiple generations.
The issue with Branden's position is that it doesn't call upon the reader to examine the inborn component of human behavior. This is not to say that genes should excuse one from taking responsibility for one's actions. Nevertheless, a treatise on self-help should alert the reader to the possibility that pharmacological treatment may be in order. With the preceding arguments in mind, Branden's writing does underscore the power and importance of "free will" and of believing in free will.
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I have lived in Europe and this is the only place in the world that has a victim attitude and uses it as part of family values.