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The Guide 9: Depression

The basic trick with depression is positive action. Get people active again and give them a reason to continue to take an interest. This is more than mere distraction – it involves purpose Continue reading

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Civilisation 42: Epictetus

Epictetus was (and still is) one of my Stoic heroes. His straightforward wisdom and simple lifestyle encapsulate not just Stoicism but the key to ‘the good life’. That key has a number of elements to it but a very general overview can be encapsulated in these three principles: Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 10: Sympathy isn’t usually helpful

Empathy acknowledges and validates problems and emotions but then moves on to find solutions. Sympathy merely validates distress but offers no help to overcome it. In fact sympathy risks prolonging distress. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 9: Lapse is different from relapse

It is neither necessary nor desirable to convince people that they’ve failed when all they’ve really done is stumble a little along their path to success. Continue reading

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Civilisation 24: Cleanthes

I wouldn’t have liked Cleanthes very much. I think I’d have found him a little too dour and serious for my tastes but his influence upon Stoicism cannot be denied. Continue reading

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Civilisation 23: Zeno of Citium

Zeno taught that negative emotions (we might say ‘unpleasant’ or ‘unhelpful’ emotions today) result from poor judgement and mental indiscipline Continue reading

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Civilisation 22: Epicurus

Epicurus inhabited an Athens that was well used to thinking, to mental exploration and to philosophical controversy. And how he must have loved it. Continue reading

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