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

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (27 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0JYSS2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you buy this book, it is something you will need to read, reread, and look over again to draw out all of the good bits of information and exercises.

But if you do this, then you will find behind these words, a most thorough introduction to how Stoicism can be used in everyday life. The author does well in mixing Stoicism with modern CBT advice, giving the ancient texts a new breath of modern relevance.

Ignore the philosophical snobs (funny they call themselves Stoics) who will tell you that to understand Stoicism you need to treat the ancient texts of Aurelius and Epictetus like a Bible. Of course you should read these books, but the modern reader will require their Stoicism to be grounded in a modern well-researched practice, and that is what this book provides. Whether you read this book before the ancient texts, or after, you will no doubt find lots of use in how lessons from Stoicism can be put into practice in a modern, scientifically backed context. Just be prepared to make a few notes as to where the exercises and key lessons are in the book, so you can return to them and put them to use.

The way the author writes about proto passions is really one of the strengths of this book. Donald Robertson explains how the ancient Stoic practice of noticing our initial psychological and bodily reactions to an external stimulus has been documented again and again by modern psychological research. And that the practice of not giving ascent to these initial reaction is one of the keys to self-discipline and psychological well-being.
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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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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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After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that I am already a Stoic without having read any of the principles beforehand!
An example being to premeditate situations in order to prepare for any difficulties and therefore not be surprised by them. This is something I do naturally, although this can be considered as worrying.
I also regard overwhelming situations from the standpoint of seeing the problem from afar, ie the Cosmos to gain perspective, another Stoic principle.
Overall, a good book, but repetitious and told me more about the history of Stoicism than I needed.
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I have really enjoyed this book. It is great to see academic work put to a practical use and I will certainly be continuing my studies into Stoicism. I have studied both philosophy and psychology at university level and I can whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in these fields.
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This book was a really good. It taught me how to see life from different perspective. I especially appreciated the quotes from all the Greek Philosophers and and the Roman Warrior Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
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Excellent book. I'm relatively new to Stoicism (6months of reading) and this was a great read. Packed full of useful advice that can be implemented. Thoroughly recommend to anyone to purchase a copy!
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Donald Robertson's book provides a useful introduction to the application of Stoic ideas to modern life, and should provide stimulus to progressing to read the original works of Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius Rufus. It is a little too "self-help" in its style for my liking (the author being a practitioner of CBT means that Stoicism is seen through this lens), and although I haven't read it, Irvine's A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (which Robertson references) looks, on the basis of using the Look Inside feature, like it might be a better read. An annoyance, and a bit shabby on the part of the publishers, is that the ebook version of this contains an extra full chapter which the dead tree edition does not. Are they trying to get us, having paid for the paperback, to get us to fork out more for the Kindle version as well? Scrapes about four stars for the content, but minus a couple for this trick.
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