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Teach Yourself.

Author: Don Robertson
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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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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Robertson, Don.
Teach Yourself: Stoicism and the Art of Happiness.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don Robertson
ISBN: 9781444187113 1444187112
OCLC Number: 881888204
Description: 1 online resource (282 pages)
Contents: Cover; Book title; Contents; Note on terminology and citations; Preface: modern Stoicism; What's this book all about?; Why focus on Stoic Ethics and psychotherapy?; A taste of the Stoic paradoxes; Stoicism today in the modern world; 1 The way of the Stoic: 'Living in agreement with Nature'; Introduction: What is Stoicism?; The goal of life: 'living in agreement with Nature'; The twofold goal of life; The three theoretical topics of Stoicism; The three lived disciplines; 2 Stoic Ethics: The nature of the good; What's important about Stoic Ethics?; The nature of the good; The virtues and vices. Stoic indifference to 'indifferent' thingsPreferred indifferents and primary value; 3 The promise of philosophy ('therapy of the passions'); What is the ancient 'promise of philosophy'?; The Stoic concept of Happiness (Eudaimonia); The Stoic theory of the 'passions'; Automatic emotional reactions; What about the 'good' or 'healthy' passions?; 4 The discipline of desire (Stoic acceptance); What is the discipline of desire?; Contemplating the 'here and now'; Loving your fate and joyful acceptance; 5 Love, friendship, and the ideal Sage; Stoicism and the philosophy of love. Stoic philanthropy and 'affnity' for othersHow does a Stoic love?; Why is the Sage important to Stoicism?; How to contemplate the Sage; The seeds of wisdom in everyone; 6 The discipline of action (Stoic philanthropy); What is the 'discipline of action'?; Undertaking action with a 'reserve clause'; The Stoic archer; Undertaking action 'for the common welfare' of mankind; 7 Premeditation of adversity; Why is anticipating future 'misfortunes' important?; How do Stoics premeditate adversity?; Habituation and imaginal exposure; Decatastrophizing imagery; Modelling and rehearsing coping skills. Eliminating surpriseReversing 'hedonic adaptation'?; 8 The discipline of judgement (Stoic mindfulness); What is the 'discipline of judgement'?; Stoic psychology and theory of knowledge; Objective representation' and 'physical definition'; Cognitive distancing in Stoicism; 9 Self-awareness and the 'Stoic fork'; How is self-awareness developed in Stoicism?; The 'Stoic fork' or 'sovereign' precept; Postponement: not getting 'carried-away'; Why meditate morning and night?; 10 The view from above and Stoic cosmology; Why is contemplating Nature important?; The Pythagorean 'festival' The 'view from above' and 'cosmic consciousness'The contemplation of impermanence and 'eternal recurrence'; Further Reading; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Z.

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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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