The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide To Becoming Tougher, Calmer, And More Resilient
  • The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide To Becoming Tougher, Calmer, And More Resilient
  • The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide To Becoming Tougher, Calmer, And More Resilient
ISBN: 0393541495
EAN13: 9780393541496
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 23, 2021
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
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Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. We often think that these responses are hardwired, but fortunately this is not the case. Stoicism offers us an alternative approach. Plumbing the wisdom of one of the most popular and successful schools of thought from ancient Rome, philosopher William B. Irvine teaches us to turn any challenge on its head. The Stoic Challenge, then, is the ultimate guide to improving your quality of life through tactics developed by ancient Stoics, from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca to Epictetus.

This book uniquely combines ancient Stoic insights with techniques discovered by contemporary psychological research, such as anchoring and framing. The result is a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life's unpleasant and unexpected challenges--from minor setbacks like being caught in a traffic jam or having a flight cancelled to major setbacks like those experienced by physicist Stephen Hawking, who slowly lost the ability to move, and writer Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered from locked-in syndrome.

The Stoics discovered that thinking of challenges as tests of character can dramatically alter our emotional response to them. Irvine's updated Stoic test strategy teaches us how to transform life's stumbling blocks into opportunities for becoming calmer, tougher, and more resilient. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles--we can benefit from them, too.

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There is a book for you. I really had high hopes for this book, but I found the writing simplistic and self-centered. Many of the examples cited by Sir Richard were old and tired. I would believe most people have at least some thought about the many ways they face adversity, he said. It would be hard to imagine that any adult, let alone a teenager, would have no challenges in their lives. Irvine said the writer of the letter, Robert Hemenway, was "100 percent correct." In his book, Death, he laments, "The world is a cruel and insulting place." As someone who watched her husband die of cancer, I can tell you it was not “a good death,” Mrs. Irvine said. I did the idea that we should take some measure of joy in our lives, but he doesn't mention gratitude.
 
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   Engaging and provides useful structure to this novice stoic and her practice
Well written and this book is a great follow up to Mr. Irvine's "a guide to the good life," said Dr. Robert Yeates, director of the Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Health and Human Development. I first encountered Mr. Irvine's work in the wakeup app, Sam had interviewed him, and it led me down a philosophical rabbit hole. I have been looking for my philosophy on life and have been taking bits and pieces from different studies, he said. Stoic philosophy couldn't have come into my life at a better time, and these books make it extremely easy to understand and get the basic concepts.
 
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   Much better stoic books out there - long and not to the point
Long stories, no good exercises, were awaiting the good part to come but didn't happen. What a waste of time, Mr. Rule told the judge.
 
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   Truly a lightbulb moment page after page
This book was truly inspiring as it talked about setbacks and how to overcome them in a more constructive and life-affirming way. It is imperative that we reframe our minds before we down spirial by 1. not allowing your emotions to get the best of us and 2. engage ourselves in activities that would procure obstacles and setbacks. I loved this book because it resonated with how i usually go about setbacks and gave me some plan on how to deal with it in the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads it.
 
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   Nice addition to The Good Life
Bill Irvine's The Stoic Challenge is a great supplement to his first, and more in-depth, book, "A Guide To The Good Life." If you haven't read this, I would suggest starting there and then moving on to The Stoic Challenge. If you have, I think this book is a great companion to the other. He not only revisits and expounds on some of the concepts from "Guide To The Good Life," but there are some great nuggets of new material that will, if applied, help you live a better and more fruitful life. The Stoic Challenge is another extremely useful offering in the ever-expanding market of great Stoic books to help you achieve The Good Life.
 
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