Feb 2 • 19M

Stoicism as a Philosophy of Life

My jargon-free guide to putting Stoicism into practice

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Donald J. Robertson
Donald Robertson, the author of "How to Think Like a Roman Emperor", and a cognitive-behavioral therapist, talks about how to apply Stoicism in the modern world, discussing philosophy, psychology and self-improvement with guests from all walks of life. Available on Google and Apple podcasts.
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This is my attempt to provide a short and simple introduction to Stoic practices, which anyone can begin using right away. It includes:

  • Brief introduction to Stoicism and dispelling the most common misconceptions

  • Two basic concepts:

    • The dichotomy of control

    • That it’s not things that upset us but rather our judgments about them

  • Three basic practices:

    • Objective description

    • Contemplating virtue and the double-standards strategy

    • The view from above

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The original article on which this audio recording is based can be found on Substack, Stoicism as a Philosophy of Life. Check out my books Stoicism and the Art of Happiness and How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, for more advice on applying Stoicism in daily life.

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