Donald Robertson is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, writer, and trainer, specializing in the relationship between philosophy, psychology, and self-improvement. He's particularly known for his work on Stoic philosophy and cognitive-behavioural therapy.
I have a seven year old daughter and since she was born I’ve been interested in how Stoicism relates to parenting. People sometimes ask me if there’s anything “out there” on Stoicism for parents. There are a growing number of resources online so I thought it was time to do a blog post listing some … Continue reading "Stoicism and Parenting (Stoic Mums and Dads)"
There’s a remarkable series of passages in Plato’s Republic, where Socrates is portrayed describing four reasons why wise men don’t allow themselves to indulge in excessive grief when faced with misfortune. We can also view these as four cognitive (thinking) strategies for coping with adversity, and building emotional resilience. These appear to foreshadow Stoic advice … Continue reading "The Stoic Socrates: Four Emotional Resilience Strategies"
When confronted by the troubling behaviour of others, there were three main strategies or ideas that Socrates employed, which were later assimilated into Stoic philosophy. (If you want to learn more, incidentally, check out my free mini-course on Socrates.) 1. Other people’s behaviour is indifferent Socrates liked to remind himself and others that external events, … Continue reading "Three Strategies of the Stoic Socrates"
Hi everyone, Today we set up a new Patreon page for Modern Stoicism Ltd., the non-profit organization that puts on Stoic Week and the annual Stoicon conference. Modern Stoicism is an international philanthropic organization run by a multi-disciplinary team of volunteers. I was one of the original members who joined the project in 2012, when … Continue reading "Help Support the Modern Stoicism Non-Profit Organization"
I’ve noticed over the years that a surprising number of people out there are unsure whether Socrates actually existed or not. Some people who aren’t familiar with the classics are just curious about the evidence, which is understandable. Some people have the vague idea that he’s perhaps a character created by Plato. There are a … Continue reading "Was Socrates a Real Person? and Other Questions"
I wrote a book for Hodder’s popular Teach Yourself series about five years ago called Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013). (I tend just to call it Teach Yourself Stoicism for short.) It was a real challenge to write because I was quite constrained by the series format, which is carefully designed to help … Continue reading "Teach Yourself Stoicism (Second Edition)"
I was recently invited by the good folks at Amber Lotus to help them design a new calendar with Stoic quotations. I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. So here are some images, links, and specs… Update: The Stoic Meditations calendar is now also listed on Amazon. “What is genuine happiness? How can it … Continue reading "Stoic Meditations Calendar for 2019"
I’m pleased to announce that my new book about Stoicism is now listed on Amazon. 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 … Continue reading "New Book: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor"
Marcus Aurelius was born 26th April, 121 AD. So to celebrate his birthday, here are some links to free downloads related to Marcus Aurelius from my e-learning site: And I have a special announcement: my new book about his life and philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, has just been listed on Amazon. Although it’s not … Continue reading "🎁 Happy birthday, Marcus Aurelius!"