In February, I had the pleasure of being invited to give a talk on Stoicism and mental resilience to the US Marine Corps University in Quantico. While I was there I went into their studio to record an interview for their podcast Eagles, Globes and Anchors. You can listen via any of the links below. (There’s a short clip embedded here with a waveform and links underneath to the full show.)
It was my pleasure to be interviewed recently by Brett McKay for the hugely popular Art of Manliness podcast. Brett asked me some very insightful questions about my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. The Art of Manliness has covered Stoicism in the past, including interviews with Ryan Holiday and William Irvine.
We begin our conversation discussing the history of Stoicism and the overlooked beliefs the Stoics had. We then discuss the end goal of Stoicism and how it differed from other ancient philosophies like Aristotelian virtue ethics. Donald then explains the Stoic approach to emotions and the common misconceptions people have about Stoicism in that regard. We then dig into Stoic practices taken from Marcus Aurelius and discuss how modern cognitive psychology backs them up. Donald shares how the Stoics used language and daily meditations to manage their emotional life, and how they went about the psychology of goal-setting and dealing with success and failure.
- The origins of Stoicism — Where did it start? Who were the founders?
- Comparing Stoicism to Aristotelian ethics
- How did the Stoic way differentiate between good and bad actions?
- The connection between Stoicism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- The Stoic approach to emotions (and misconceptions about it)
- How our language can help us manage our emotions
- How Stoics view anger and why they use so much space talking about it
- Marcus Aurelius’ story, including his circuitous route to becoming emperor
- On catastrophizing
- What does Stoic meditation look like?
- Was the Apostle Paul a Stoic?
- What do Stoics say about changing or moderating our desires?
- What about worry and anxiety?
- Balancing successful outcomes with successful tactics (and dealing with setbacks)
Read more on the Art of Manliness website. Hope you enjoy! Please feel free to leave comments – I’m always pleased to read your thoughts.
I just recorded a new podcast on Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism for the High Existence website.
The Stoics can teach you how to find a sense of purpose in life, how to face adversity, how to conquer anger within yourself, moderate your desires, experience healthy sources of joy, endure pain and illness patiently and with dignity, exhibit courage in the face of your anxieties, cope with loss, and perhaps even confront your own mortality while remaining as unperturbed as Socrates.
I recently did another podcast, on Stoicism and anger management for Dan Munro’s Brojo Online.
Donald Robertson – A Stoic Response to Death, Pain, and Desire
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