- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Quill; Reprint edition (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060931361
- ISBN-13: 978-0060931360
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems Paperback – August 1, 2000
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"The ancient thinkers often characterized philosophy as 'medicine for the soul.' Marinoff provides a generous dose throughout these lively pages. I highly recommend it!"
-- Tom Morris, Ph.D., author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors and Philosophy for Dummies
"Philosophy [to Marinoff] is the Lava bar of intellect -- meant to be used every day, down to the nub."--"San Francisco Examiner""Plato, Not Prozac! looks to become the bible of the 'philosophical counseling' movement."--"Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine"The ancient thinkers often characterized philosophy as 'medicine for the soul.' Marinoff provides a generous dose throughout these lively pages. I highly recommend it!"--Tom Morris, Ph.D., author of "If Aristotle Ran General Motors and "Philosophy for Dummies
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If you're facing a dilemma -- whether it's handling a relationship, living ethically, dealing with a career change, or finding meaning in life -- the world's most important thinkers from centuries past will help guide you toward a solution compatible with your individual beliefs. From Kirkegaard's thoughts on coping with death to the I Ching's guidelines on adapting to change, Plato, Not Prozac! makes philosophy accessible and shows you how to use it to solve your everyday problems.
Gone is the need for expensive therapists, medication, and lengthy analysis. Clearly organized by common problems to help you tailor Dr. Lou Marinoff's advice to your own needs, this is an intelligent, effective, and persuasive prescription for self-healing therapy that is giving psychotherapy a run for its money.
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My comment is that it describes a way of dealing with the challenges of life that is neither "wishy-washy," like so much of the pop-psychology-self-help press, nor as dramatic as thinking that one must be "in need of help" just because one has a tough problem.
Acknowledging the appropriateness of seeking psychological therapy when needed, the author suggests there is also a source (i.e., the collected wisdom of thinkers from antiquity to present) from which we can find philosophy-based insights to help us deal with the more typical crises in our lives.
I couldn't help reading it before I parted with the present. It was such a joy to read that I bought
another copy for myself because it talks you through a practical way of dealing with any problem
life throws at you. There's also an extensive reference and summary of all the published philosophers
through history. So if you have a passion for philosophy and/or a seemingly unsolvable dilemma, I
would immediately purchase this book - an easy read which really is about "applying eternal wisdom
to everyday problems".