Sexuality and SocietySpeaking as an Objectivist who is also gay and very active in non-Western queer communities, Jerry Johnson compels a critical re-examination of prevailing attitudes towards sexual expression and push towards an emancipation of the mind and body. How to Raise an Individualist with High Self-EsteemMost Objectivist parents want to raise their children with as little coercion as possible, but lack the knowledge of how to do so. Parenting can and should be completely consistent with Objectivist values—there are no contradictions, just faulty premises. Join Roslyn Ross as she examines the most common mistakes Objectivists parents make and how to avoid them. Objectivist Ethics for Parents and ChildrenWhat do the values at stake in parenting imply about how parents should treat children? How should minor children act to develop their own independence and to convert their familial relations from duty to a positive, value-based relation?  William Thomas, director of the Atlas Summit conference, presents. How to Make a Great Person - Part 1and...
 Mastering the Challenges of Life: Living with Grit and ResilienceDr. Joel Wade shares tools for developing grit and resilience. Self-Acceptance, Self-Improvement, and Dealing with Life as it isJoel Wade discusses the importance of self-acceptance, some of the ways that people can actually change, and strategies for making long-term improvements in your life. Earned Happiness in Tough TimesIn times of economic trouble, many people find themselves having to cut into their pleasures. So we need to ask: “What can I do to preserve my happiness level if my income level has fallen or some burdensome debts have come due? How can I get out from under without feeling overwhelmed?” View all Personal Application articles
A Short Course in Rule-BreakingLarge regions of social life that ought to be governed—and to a large extent used to be governed—by principles of courtesy, justice, and mutual respect have now been bureaucratized by rules. David Kelley explains that we do need objective standards and objectivity requires principles, not rules. Developing Self AwarenessIn this video Dr. Raymond Raad argues that three mental tools are necessary in the process of seeking self-understanding: a commitment to reason, a willingness to examine and fully experience one’s emotions, and in many cases, a suspension of moral judgment. (Dr. Raymond Raad is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and a research fellow at Columbia University.) I Can and I WillPhilosopher and best-selling author David Kelley offers insight on the context of achievement and the challenge of inner obstacles. A...
 The Social Power of IntegrityRecent research shows that happy people you’ve never met, three degrees of separation away, have a positive effect on your own happiness. Psychotherapist Joel Wade takes a look at research showing that good and bad behaviors pass from friend to friend and he explains why you don't have to be in a position of power to have a positive impact on culture. Ten Habits of HopePsychologist and educator Marsha Enright explains why you should not accept impossibility without overwhelming evidence. For many, many situations, we do not and cannot have complete certainty about the outcome. But that alone is not reason to give up on a course of action. Develop a habit of looking for alternative means of achieving your goals. HopeA central tenet of Objectivism is the benevolent view of the universe: the view that the world is auspicious to man's efforts, and that happiness and success are possible. But this view is not a Panglossian denial that bad things happen. Businesses that took years to build are wrecked by mindless government edicts. Homes are lost to fire and flood. People live with depression that eclipses their aims and stifles joy. Hope is the outlook that gets us through these...
At our organization’s 1996 Summer Seminar, in Boulder, Colorado, Nathaniel Branden made the first of many appearances at our events. This lecture was also a first on a larger scale, as he acknowledged in his opening words: "This is the very first time in 28 years that I have addressed an Objectivist audience, and it is a more thrilling experience for me than I have any words to communicate to you. I feel that in being here I have come home to a very important part of myself, from which I needed to separate for a while in order to gain perspective."

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