Originally Posted by Typh0n
Even Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden (1965) tells us in her biographical essay on the founder of Objectivism, often became depressed when minor interruptions prevented her from working. Depression, almost invariably, is a reflection of an individual's low estimation of himself, because the depressed individual feels that (a) "Things are going badly in my life," and (b) "I am too weak and inadequate to handle these things or make them better, and therefore I am a pretty bad person." When the individual insists that, because he works hard, or accomplishes something, or is good at winning the love of others, or achieves anything else, he is a worthy individual, he tends to make himself depressed when one or more of these clauses on which his self-esteem depends are no longer true, If he follows the Objectivist credo and places his self-worth on the balance scales of achievement, he tends to remain underlying anxious and depressed even when his life is a fine model of productivity. For he will always have moment -- or years! -- when this productivity does -- or may! -- subside.
Is Objectivism a Religion? (Ellis, 39-40)