How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (2019) is available for pre-order in Kindle, hardback, and audio CD formats. It is scheduled to be published on January 29th 2019, by St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan Publishing.
I’ve already written a general introduction to Stoicism for personal improvement: Teach Yourself Stoicism (2013). There are many other good books around on Stoicism so I wanted to write something completely different.
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor uses anecdotes about the life of Marcus Aurelius, drawn from Roman histories, to teach lessons about his use of Stoic philosophical precepts and psychological techniques in daily life. Each chapter focuses on a different period in Marcus’ life and a different personal development topic, relevant to modern readers. These include dealing with desire, anger, anxiety, pain, illness, sadness, loss, and coming to terms with our own mortality. I’ve drawn heavily on my own experience as a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist to explain Stoic psychological exercises in a way that’s workable for readers today who want to use Stoicism to make practical changes in their own lives.
If you want to learn more, you might be interested in listening to my recent interview about Marcus Aurelius’ life and philosophy for Scott Hebert’s Stoic Mettle podcast.
I hope you enjoy reading my new book! Please let me know if you have any questions about it in the comments below. As always, thanks for your support!
PS. You can become a patron and sponsor my work on Stoicism and psychotherapy via my new Patreon page.
PPS. Links to the book listing on the websites of Macmillan Publishing, GoodReads, Chapters, WorldCat, Google Books, Kobo, Barnes and Noble. You can also search for the book using the ISBN numbers below:
- ISBN-10: 1250196620
- ISBN-13: 978-1250196620
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