Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Monday, May 18, 2020

A Practical, Everyday Philosophy from Ancient Greece for Today's Problems

Here is a brief introduction to Stoicism, the philosophy from ancient Greece which deals with overcoming anxiety, depression, and excess worry in everyday life.  

Because this philosophy must be thoroughly digested before it can be made part of your life, you can't just listen to it as you might listen to a news broadcast. I like to listen to one or more of these tapes every day while I am exercising, in order to give them plenty of time to sink in.

The following two audiotapes contain a series of life-changing quotes by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.



The next audiotape is a summary of the writings of Epictetus, another founder of Stoicism, who, unlike the emperor Marcus Aurelius, was born into slavery.


Seneca famously asked, "You are scared of dying. But tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any better than being dead?" Here's what he says we should do to change it.