Penn & Teller: Nathaniel Branden=Bullshit!

An interesting tidbit. The most recent episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit! took on the “self-esteem movement.” They had Nathaniel Branden on the show. They blamed Branden for creating a “bullshit industry.”

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5 thoughts on “Penn & Teller: Nathaniel Branden=Bullshit!

  1. While I haven’t read his stuff, my understanding is that Branden’s “self esteem” is not the same “I’m OK, you’re OK”, “everyone is a winner” claptrap that we’re inundated with in today’s world. Is that not the case?

    1. “I’m OKay, You’re OKay” self-esteem more or less holds that there is nothing wrong with one’s current lot in life, and that self-esteem should be divorced from any notion of failure. In other words, there is no such thing as failure.

      Penn & Teller focused on “I’m Special, You’re Special,” which holds that failure reduces to low self-esteem. In other words, there is failure, but it is the result of low self-esteem.

      Penn& teller’s point was that failure is often integral to success and that “I’m Special, You’re Special” breeds narcissism instead of psychological mechanisms to learn from failure in order to become a “success.”

  2. Nathaniel Branden is a hack who lives in a mental swamp of narcissism & delusion. He considered him the “intellectual” heir of Ayn Rand, one of the worst writers/inconsequential thinkers of the 20th centuries.

    1. Ding ding ding!!!! You could not be more right about NB’s extreme narcissistic personality disorder, made more glaringly obvious by his self-congratulatory (yet still mind-numbingly boring) “autobiography” detailing every mundane detail of his inconsequential life.

      I made the mistake of picking up one of his “books” during as a troubled teen & they almost permanently ruined my life. All of his “books” are nothing more than a tired recycling of the same simplistic, narcissism-inducing catch phrases, all with the intent of encouraging readers to buy more of his repetitious crap. NB is a con artist who will never admit, even to himself, his true failure and irrelevancy, but to those familiar with his “career” it’s glaringly obvious.

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