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Stoicism and the Art of Happiness - Ancient tips for modern challenges: Teach Yourself

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness - Ancient tips for modern challenges: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

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

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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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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)

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14 of 15 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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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
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Stoicism 13 April 2014
By John - Published on
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A good read that makes a difficult topic comprehensible. Accurate with the modern emphasis on Stoicism as a way of life. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to stoicism 26 Jun 2014
By Jon - Published on
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cicero called them, "The only real philosophers." 26 Jun 2014
By Ricky - Published on
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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.
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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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