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Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life Paperback – April 21, 1997
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Priscilla Davis Dann, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Even with this flaw, this is one of Branden's more important books. It is brilliant and profound. It is a book to read and re-read at regular intervals throughout one's life. Two of the most important chapters are "Self Reliance and Social Metaphysics" and "Self-Responsibility and Romantic Love". Both of these themes appeared in his earlier "The Psychology of Self-Esteem". In particular the concept of social metaphysics is one of the most vital to understand in attempting to gain true psychological freedom and intellectual sovereignty. In my own case, had I just taken the time to understand how social metaphysics was impacting my decision to seek a divorce, I might been able to save my marriage.
The Introduction to this book is by itself almost worth the price of the entire book. It contains indispensible advice for finding true happiness in life. It also shows Brandon's essential modesty, as he credits his wife for these important insights.
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.
Branden however has a legitimate background in psychology and a certain faith in general humanity. This book cuts to the core of taking charge of your life. You don't have to become bitterly selfish of an extremist, hating moochers. If you want to grow out of the victim privileged attitude that our hyper consumerist society espouses, this is the book. You gain the sense of power to take charge of your life and make your wildest dreams possible.
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This is likely the best self help book ever written...if you apply it. The reason people don't think so is likely because the message of self-reliance, and taking responsibility... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Beau Lee Jackson
Love this book!! With our standards getting lower here in America, it will always be a good place for people to get out of the victim culture that our country has. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cc
Yes, easy read, full of information to aid anyone to Take responsibility with themselves. I would highly recomend this to anyone!Published on March 13, 2014 by Violeta Rosa