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"Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of health and self-esteem, not its cause." -- Nathaniel Branden
Nathaniel Branden, né Nathan Blumenthal (born 9 April 1930 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada), is a psychotherapist and writer best known today for his work in the psychology of self-esteem. A former student and one-time romantic partner of novelist Ayn Rand, Branden had a prominent role in promoting Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.
In 1958, Branden established the Nathaniel Branden Institute (NBI) as an educational organization to spread the philosophical principles of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Branden offered a series of lectures called "Basic Principles of Objectivism". Alan Greenspan, future chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, would contribute with a lecture called "The Economics of a Free Society". The NBI office was located at 120 E. 34th St. in New York City. The lecture series was first presented in the old Sheraton-Atlantic Hotel on 34th St. and later, in the Empire State Building.
Barbara Branden (née Weidman), who married Branden in White Plains, NY in January of 1953, also contributed to the work of the Institute with a series of lectures on The Art of Thinking. Barbara and Nathaniel separated in 1965.
The Rand-Branden business partnership lasted till May 1968. Rand announced in the The Objectivist, Branden would no longer be her intellectual heir and ordered all future printings of Atlas Shrugged not to carry his name in the dedication page. At the time, Rand did not reveal she was having a secret love affair with Branden who was twenty four years her junior and he was leaving her for a younger woman who was also an attractive model whom Branden would eventually marry. However, Branden divulged this information in his book, Judgment Day: my years with Ayn Rand.
After the rift with Ayn Rand, Branden went on to develop his own school of bio-centric psychology basing his work mainly on the psychology of self-esteem. Branden's brand of Biocentric Psychology is neither Freudian nor behaviorist in nature. According to Branden, "...The establishment of Wilhelm Wundt's experimental laboratory in 1879 is often regarded as the formal beginning of scientific psychology. But when one considers the views of man and the theories of his nature that have been put forth as knowledge in the past hundred years, it remains a moot question whether the starting date of the science of psychology lies behind us - or ahead."
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