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Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: Teach Yourself (Teach Yourself: Philosophy & Religion) [Paperback]

Donald Robertson
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27 Dec 2013 Teach Yourself: Philosophy & Religion
This new guide to finding a happier way of life draws on the ancient wisdom of the stoics to reveal lasting truths and proven strategies for enhanced wellbeing. By learning what stoicism is, you can revolutionise your life, learning how to - properly - 'seize the day', how to cope in the face of adversity, and how to come to terms with whatever situation you're in.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (27 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444187104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444187106
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Donald Robertson is a psychotherapist, specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and the treatment of anxiety.

His background is in academic philosophy and he has a special interest in the relationship between ancient philosophy, especially Stoicism, and modern psychotherapy. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and several books on philosophy and psychotherapy:

● Build your Resilience (2012)
● The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (2012)
● The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (2010)
● The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid, The Father of Hypnotherapy (2009)

Donald's Website:
www.londoncognitive.com


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How the ancient wisdom of the Stoic philosophers can make you more resilient, more positive, more successful and more happy

About the Author

Donald Robertson is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), clinical hypnosis, and other evidence-based approaches. He has been in practice as a therapist for over fifteen years and mainly treats clients with anxiety-related problems at his clinic in Harley Street, London. Donald is also an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator.

He is the author of dozens of articles in therapy journals and magazines and of the books The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (2010) and The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (in press). He is also the editor of The Discovery of Hypnosis (2009), the complete writings of James Braid, the founder of hypnotherapy.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 Jan 2014
By Matt
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Donald Robertson has written a great book. I found out about it's upcoming release during Stoic Week 2013 and decided I had to order it. I have not been disappointed. It is clearly written and packed with fascinating information about this ancient philosophy. As the 'Teach Yourself' name suggests, it is not simply and explanatory text but it provides practical advice and exercises which help a person put Stoic teachings to use in the modern world.

If you are interested in how you can apply Stoicism to your life then I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stoicism and the Art of Happiness 26 April 2014
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This is an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of Stoicism. It is written in the "Teach Yourself" format and is seen as an ancient foreshadowing of cognitive behavioural therapy. Nevertheless it is a fascinating introduction to the theories of Stoicism itself and sets forth its ideas with clarity and precision, introducing much that is relevant and timely for today - an excellent buy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic guide for life. 11 Aug 2014
By Byron1
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This book must be studied slowly and re read and you will reap the benefits. It is also an accessible introduction to the stoic philosphy.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By hornby
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i'm not sure that such a format works for what is an effective philosophy for life - too instructive, too simplistic = better to opt for Epictetus and do it for real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're new to Stoicism, get this book. If you're a long-time Stoic, get this book. (Just get this book.) 19 April 2014
By Michael Baranowski - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not crazy about the format, which will seem very familiar if you've ever picked up one of the 'Idiots Guides' or 'For Dummies' series of books. But that aside, this is far and away the best introduction to the modern-day practice of Stoic philosophy you'll find. Even those who have been practicing Stoics for a while are likely to find plenty of useful reminders and helpful suggestions in these pages. In other words, if you're a Stoic, or you're interested in Stoicism, you should get this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to stoicism 26 Jun 2014
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
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I hesitated before buying this one because I had already read Irvine's book, and also many of Seneca's letters and the meditations of Marcus, in addition to various blogs and sites on the internet. I thought this "teach yourself" guide maybe more for beginners, yet I was pleasantly surprised. It really does a great job in summing up the stoic exercises, and also by using 'excellence of character' instead of virtue, presented stoicism in a different light. Def worth reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cicero called them, "The only real philosophers." 26 Jun 2014
By Ricky - Published on Amazon.com
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In my opinion, Robertson is superior to Hadot, Long, or any other writer on Stoicism because of his Psychotherapy background and his ability to reach the common man. I believe the true intention of Ancient philosophy was therapeutic and meant to be lived above all else. Not "The study of words" which it has become, to quote Seneca.

I would like to thank Mr. Robertson for his work and effort in bringing what I believe to be the noblest of all philosophies back onto bookshelves and back into people's minds.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific explanation of Stoic thought and its practical application. 18 Aug 2014
By bronx book nerd - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best books that I have read on Stoicism and its practical application. Donald Robertson, who is also a psychotherapist uses the Stoic-influenced Cognitive Behavior Therapy, does a terrific job of laying out the different Stoic teachings. As does another great Stoicism "populariser", Pierre Hadot, Robertson divides the major areas of Stoic philosophy as the Discipline of Desire, the Discipline of Action and the Discipline of Judgement. Ultimately, each of these is rooted in the fundamental distinction between "what is up to us" and "what is not up to us", the former being our reactions and volition, residing in reason, and the latter relating to external things, to which the Stoic is indifferent. Robertson coins the term the "Stoic fork", to highlight in metaphor the choice that one must make throughout the day as one encounters different situations. Each chapter begins with a series of questions with which the reader notes his agreement or disagreement, and then looks at how their view has changed after reading the chapter. These questions alone are a good summary of Stoic philosophy, and one can benefit simply from reading them and meditating on them. Robertson also begins chapters with quotes from Stoic philosophers - Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, for example. These introductions using original text are a good addition to the content and encourage the reader to pursue the original further. The book is also full of exercises to help guide the Stoic novice in understanding the teachings. For example, there are exercises on taking the "view from above" and on learning how to achieve cognitive distance so as to view events objectively. Throughout, Robertson emphasizes how Stoic philosophy is consistent with today's Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and how this is supported by science. Occasionally, Robertson takes time to address some inconsistencies that have been made popular by Prof. Irvine's books. For example, Irvine's work focuses too much on appreciating what someone currently has. However, the focus of Stoic philosophy is on differentiating between what is truly good (and within out control) and with what is indifferent. Possessions fall into the latter. Appreciation of them could be a by-product of Stoic attitudes, but not the goal. In sum, this book is a terrific explanation of Stoic thought and its practical application.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great breakdown: 22 May 2014
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My only complaint is that the book continually pushed CBT and got more into the modern psychological implications of stoicism than how to actually live the stoic ideal. However, that was only a minor nuisance compared to the overall text and the quality job it did in outlining stoic philosophy. I did find the self examination sections at the beginning of each chapter to be excellent lead ins for the reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has experience with stoic philosophy or someone who is just introducing themselves to one of the most profound schools of the ancient world.
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