Resources

The following list of psychological resources can be considered a fairly comprehensive wetware (mind/brain) upgrade—human 2.0.
Enjoy the journey!

Honoring the Self by Nathaniel Branden

The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Complete Liberty Inside Out: Honoring Yourself and Others for Optimal Enrichment by Wes Bertrand
free downloads: http://completeliberty.com/complete-liberty-inside-out/
podcast audiobook:
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-213-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-introduction-and-chapter-1
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-214-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-2
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-215-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-3
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-216-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-4
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-217-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-5
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-218-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-6
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-219-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-7
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-220-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-8
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-221-complete-liberty-inside-out-audiobook-chapter-9

My favorite psychotherapeutic workbook, which involves sentence completion exercises, or “sentence stems”—for getting acquainted with and respectfully integrating your vast subconscious mind and emotions—is The Art of Self-Discovery by Nathaniel Branden. This book is slated to be back in print, including in digital format (as will some other books by Dr. Branden), so the following unofficial digital version will be replaced by links to it at http://nathanielbranden.com:
http://happinesscounseling.com/The_Art_Of_Self-Discovery_Nathaniel_Branden.pdf
http://happinesscounseling.com/The_Art_Of_Self-Discovery_Nathaniel_Branden.docx

Another sentence-stem workbook by Branden that’s available in ebook and is similar in scope is How To Raise Your Self-Esteem

Shows covering Nathaniel Branden’s Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem that I did with my friend Brett on his School Sucks Podcast with some additional content of my own, including an eight episode on “the seventh pillar”:
Episode 199 – The practice of living consciously
Episode 200 – The practice of self-acceptance
Episode 201 – The practice of self-responsibility
Episode 202 – The practice of self-assertiveness
Episode 203 – The practice of living purposefully
Episode 204 – The practice of personal integrity
Episode 205 – Nurturing a child’s self-esteem and Self-esteem in the schools
Episode 206 – The philosophy of self-esteem and the seventh pillar

An inspiring book about child psychology (my favorite):
The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori

My friend Kevin and I did a six-part series on Nathaniel Branden’s Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem for our Healthy Mind Fit Body Podcast: The Practice of Living Consciously ; The Practice of Self-Acceptance ; The Practice of Self-Responsibility ; The Practice of Self-Assertiveness ; The Practice of Living Purposely ; The Practice of Personal Integrity

On Complete Liberty Podcast, I read the 1970 book by Branden titled Breaking Free, which relates his experiences with clients in a group therapy setting involving issues from their childhoods and their present-day impact:

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-165-breaking-free-part-one
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-167-breaking-free-part-two
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-170-breaking-free-part-three
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-171-breaking-free-part-four
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-172-breaking-free-part-five
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-173-breaking-free-part-six
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-174-breaking-free-part-seven

The last series of episodes that I did on the podcast involved the nature of childhood trauma within the paradigm of our domination culture, and some of the ways to heal from it:

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-209-the-nature-of-trauma-and-nonviolent-change-and-self-compassion
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-210-childhood-trauma-and-its-effects-on-adulthood-and-parenting
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-211-roles-and-strategies-of-domination-traumatic-experiences-and-nonviolence
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-212-adverse-childhood-experiences-and-reflections-on-therapeutic-solutions

Between Parent and Teenager by Haim Ginott, who was a friend of Nathaniel Branden and well-versed in parenting techniques

“Most parenting guides begin with the question ‘How can we get kids to do what they’re told?’—and then proceed to offer various techniques for controlling them. In this truly groundbreaking book, nationally respected educator Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking ‘What do kids need—and how can we meet those needs?’ What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them.”

http://www.unconditionalparenting.com/up/

Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes

I recorded a fifteen-part series on Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason for my Complete Liberty Podcast: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen.

A Theory of Objectivist Parenting by Roslyn Ross
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1502315548

https://liberty.me/live/raising-children-is-an-act-of-philosophy/

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Various nonviolent communication resources:

A wonderfully comprehensive and instructive description (thanks to Jim and Jori Manske) of the various facets of consciousness and how we can transition within each, i.e., Unskilled -> Awakening -> Capable -> Integrated:
Pathways to Self-Liberation Self-Assessment
http://radicalcompassion.com/matrix
or
http://external.pathwaystoliberation.net/Pathways-to-Liberation-Self-Assessment-Matrix-large-for-web.htm

A succinct online guide:
http://www.wikihow.com/Practice-Nonviolent-Communication

The useful NVC vocabulary I continually refer to:
http://www.cnvc.org/Training/feelings-inventory
http://www.cnvc.org/Training/needs-inventory

~2MB of informational nonviolent communication PDFs

http://www.nvcworld.com/

Marshall Rosenberg NVC Role Play

Parenting with Nonviolent Communication (2)

the highly recommended 3-hr workshop given by Marshall Rosenberg (chopped up in approx 10min segments):
The Basics of Non Violent Communication 1.1

here’s the workshop in one file:
FULL – Nonviolent Communication Workshop – Marshall Rosenberg (2000) (Multi Subtitles)

Here are a couple very informative audio interviews:
with Rosenberg (76mins)
http://www.goodradioshows.org/peaceTalksL36.html
with Jorge Rubio, an NVC trainer (40mins)
http://www.goodradioshows.org/peaceTalksL05.htm

Another couple highly recommended interviews, which deal with parenting and childhood experiences, were done by Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, CNVC Certified Trainer from Townsend, Massachusetts, USA
http://nvctraining.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=1342
direct download links (1st with Kelly Bryson and 2nd with Jorge Rubio):
http://nvctraining.com/media/KB/INT-201003/KB-SBM-Interview.mp3
http://nvctraining.com/media/JR/INT-20090824/Stephanie_Jorge_Rubio.mp3

Various other NVC videos and links:

Parenting with Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Nonviolent Communication Part 2 Marshall Rosenberg

Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication ~ NVC

Here’s a half-hour interview with Rosenberg that focuses more on the wider societal/political implications:
Nonviolent Comm. and Corporations-Marshall Rosenberg pt 2

Restorative Justice Nonviolent Communication NVC
(note the talk by Dominic Barter linked in the “About” section)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxD5UR0aETk

“Nonviolent Communication(sm) Skill Training presents a collection of simple effective techniques which facilitate cooperation and satisfaction in our communication with others and within ourselves. The use of these skills does not depend on the knowledge or use of the skills by others.”
http://languageofcompassion.com/

I did eleven episodes on nonviolent communication related to freedom:

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-126-pitfalls-of-moralizing-introduction-to-nonviolent-communication

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-127-domination-systems-anger-and-non-violent-communication

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-128-nonviolent-communication-empathy-and-kids

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-129-nonviolent-communication-aspects-raising-children-compassionately

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-130-unmet-needs-of-children-nvc-rewards-and-punishment-conformity

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-132-cultural-roots-of-authoritarianism-in-need-of-nonviolent-communication

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-133-the-biggest-human-problem-and-practicing-nonviolent-communication

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-134-violence-of-cops-and-judges-need-for-nonviolent-communication

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-135-cops-statist-culture-and-nonviolent-communication

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-136-nonviolent-communication-reexamined

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-155-liberty-getaway-cruise-2011-nonviolent-communication-principles

I also did an 8-part series on ethics and nvc:

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-178-philosophy-of-ethics-and-morality

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-179-libertarian-ethics-and-the-meme-of-sacrifice

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-180-the-nature-of-human-fallibility-rightness-and-wrongness

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-181-the-nature-of-the-good-life

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-182-authority-and-compliance-parenting-ethics-roundtable

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-183-moving-beyond-domination-culture

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-184-sacrificial-group-morals-versus-free-market-mutual-gains-and-fairness

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-185-biological-ethics-meta-ethics-descriptive-ethics-and-the-problem-of-shoulds

And I did a five-part series on restorative justice and nvc:

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-194-restorative-justice-instead-of-retribution-and-punishment

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-195-restorative-justice-with-and-without-statism

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-196-statist-justice-as-opposite-of-restorative-justice

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-197-basics-of-nonviolence-and-restorative-justice

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-198-role-of-empathy-in-restorative-justice

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“For the past 10 years or so I have been traveling around the world. I have now been to about 40 countries. I believe I have a lot of experience to share with people. I share many of these experiences freely on my main website EQI.org. I have also been doing a lot of volunteer work, particularlyy with emotionally abused youth. From them I have learned a lot about emotional intelligence and emotional abuse. My writing on these subjects now is in the top 3 on Google in both areas.”
http://www.stevehein.com/index.htm

“By thinking of family interactions in particular with that in mind [the nature of disagreement], TCS addresses a very important problem: the problem of people in families hurting each other. ‘Hurting each other?’ queried Wendy. ‘Oh I don’t think that many parents are into corporal punishment these days, Sarah.’ I wasn’t particularly talking about corporal punishment, I was just referring to the idea many people have, that for one person to get what she wants, another has to suffer—in other words, not get what she wants. What I am saying is that we can all get what we want. No one enjoys making loved ones suffer. But it doesn’t have to be like that.”
http://www.takingchildrenseriously.com/

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn

“Aware Parenting is a philosophy of child rearing that has the potential to change the world. Based on cutting-edge research and insights in child development, Aware Parenting questions most traditional assumptions about raising children, and proposes a new approach that can profoundly shift a parent’s relationship with his or her child. Parents who follow this approach raise children who are bright, compassionate, competent, nonviolent, and drug free.”
http://www.awareparenting.com/

“Dr. Gottman’s research has also shown that an important element to successful parenting was based on how parents interacted with each other when emotions ran hot. Dr. Gottman and other researchers have observed that children benefit the most when parents have a strong relationship. It isn’t so much about staying married for the sake of the kids. Couples need to stay happily married, if they can, in order to help their children. In families where the parents aren’t living with each other or are not going to stay married, the parents can best help their children by minimizing their children’s exposure to destructive conflict. High levels of parental conflict create emotional distress on the children and decrease effective parenting skills.”
http://www.gottman.com/parenting/

Alliance for the Separation of School and State

My masters thesis:
The Nature of Educational Systems and Their Psychological Effects on the Learner

John Holt’s ideas on learning are definitely in line with intrinsic motivation

http://www.unschooling.org/index.htm

http://www.naturalchild.org/

Trashing Teens – Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, ‘The Case Against Adolescence,’ that teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them.”

“Working with colleague Diane Dumas, Dr. Epstein has developed a unique and comprehensive test—the Epstein-Dumas Test of Adultness (EDTA)—that measures 14 different competencies that appear to define adult functioning in modern society. Based on scores obtained from tens of thousands of adults and teens, Dr. Epstein recently concluded that American teens are, on the average, just as competent as American adults—and that adults greatly underestimate the abilities of our teens. Epstein and Dumas have also demonstrated a link between ‘infantilization’—the extent to which teens are treated like children—and behavioral problems in teens.”
The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen

The CBT work of David Burns:
http://www.feelinggood.com/
The Feeling Good Handbook

How Harry Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Johnny Kramer
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/kramer4.html

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ellen Kenner
host of The RATIONAL Basis of Happiness radio show

On Complete Liberty Podcast, I also did a nine-part series on religion:

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-161-the-nature-of-religious-memes-and-conceptualization

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-162-atheism-religious-violence-and-dogma-importance-of-logic-and-human-needs

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-163-religious-memes-injurious-to-health-and-well-being

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-164-the-parallels-of-statism-and-religion-liberating-your-mind

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-165-breaking-free-part-one

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-166-mortality-and-atheism-nature-and-effects-of-religious-beliefs

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-167-breaking-free-part-two

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-168-individual-challenges-in-a-religious-culture

http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-169-nature-of-human-consciousness-and-effects-of-religion-on-children

 

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