A Nathaniel Branden Quote that Really makes me Think
“Of all the judgments that we pass in life, none is as important as the one we pass on ourselves, for that judgment touches the very center of our existence.
…….No significant aspect of our thinking, motivation, feelings or behavior is unaffected by our self-evaluation…..
The first act of honoring the self is the assertion of consciousness: the choice to think, to be aware, to send the searchlight of consciousness outward toward the world and inward toward our own being. To default on this effort is to default on the self at the most basic level.
To honor the self is to be able to think independently, to live by our own mind, and to have the courage of our own perceptions and judgments.
To honor the self is to be willing to know not only what we think, but also what we feel, what we want, need, desire, suffer over, are frightened or angered by, — and to accept our right to experience such feelings. The opposite of this attitude is denial, disowning, repression — self-repudiation.
– from the book Honoring the Self by Nathaniel Branden.