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562: Is Guilt Useful? Is Narcissism Natural? - With Thaddeus Russell

562: Is Guilt Useful? Is Narcissism Natural? - With Thaddeus Russell

This is a follow-up to Podcast #558: God, Grant Me the Serenity. Thad's presentation in that episode produced a lot of upset among listeners, and there were several aspects of the conversation that left me feeling unsatisfied. I invited Thad back to address this lack of satisfaction, along with some listener feedback to our first conversation.

Topics:
- Why Thad and I weren't connecting in the first discussion
- Shame and guilt are information
- All behavior is narcissistic?
- Differing ideas about integrity
- Nathaniel Branden and the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Listener Input:
Scott M. - I thought it was a fascinating conversation. I think the premise of Thad’s that I found most problematic was how he defines his politics of self-interest. From what I can determine from the way he presented it on that call, his paradigm is similar to Nietzche and Stirner in that self-interest means whatever I want to the exclusion of the needs of anyone else. You attempted to counter that with a mor

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