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Self-Reliance



Self-reliance—the ability to depend on one’s own abilities, trust one’s decisions and choices, and take responsibility for the results—is often touted as the great ideal, especially in the US. It is important for each of us to develop our capacity to take care of ourselves so as to avoid unhealthy codependent relationships and social conformity that targets our unique sense of self. However, we remain deeply social, interdependent creatures, and the ideal of self-reliance can be taken to dangerous, isolating extremes.

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The Art of Trusting One's Self - the Philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson's combination of eastern and western philosophies provided a uniquely eclectic perspective for his time. Today, his ideas may seem to permeate the common place, which is only a testament to the influence his work had on the world at large.

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Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant

I’m the first to admit that for many years, I was a bit emotionally needy. Not in a crazy, desperate way, but in the way that many of us are. I wanted someone else to make me happy, blamed others for my unhappiness, sought to fulfill my emotional needs through others.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Psychology of Self-Reliance

In this video, drawing from Ralph Waldo Emerson's classic essay, we examine what it means to be self-reliant.

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FindCenterExcessive use of external motivation can slow and even stop your journey to mastery.

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Who's Never Going to Let You Down?

It's not that I'm blind to life's fragility or the dangers around me. It's just that I possess a gift offered by many mistake-filled years: At my age, I have a pretty good idea what and whom to trust.

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What Does It Mean to Be Self-Reliant?

Many people misunderstand the word self- reliance. They understand it as a poor, difficult or isolated life. In this video I share my understanding of self-reliance and what it means to live a self-reliant lifestyle.

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What Is Self-Reliance and How to Develop It?

A look at what being self-reliant really refers to, and how we can develop it within ourselves.

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Overcoming Helplessness: Advice from William James

More than a century ago, William James explained how to combat passivity.

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Trust Yourself: Emerson on Self-Reliance as the Essence of Genius and What It Means to Be a Nonconformist

No one has made more beautiful nor more convincing a case for trusting our inner voice than Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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