The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: Insights with Donald Robertson

July 31, 2023 Jon Brooks
The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: Insights with Donald Robertson
Show Notes

"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."
Donald J. Robertson, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

Unpacking the teachings of Stoicism, Donald Robertson stands as a leading authority, especially in their interplay with cognitive science and therapy. A clinical psychologist, Donald has delved into Stoic texts for years. His recent book, a blend of biography and self-improvement, delves into Marcus Aurelius's life and philosophy, serving as both an engaging and pragmatic guide.

This episode builds on a previous discussion with Donald, focusing on the intricacies of Marcus Aurelius’s mind. The aim? To align our lives more closely with the insights of this profound philosopher king.

In This Episode, We Explore:

  • Marcus Aurelius's Stoic foundations.
  • How compassion influenced Marcus' actions and decisions.
  • The ongoing tussle between Stoic and Sophistic principles.
  • Key figures who shaped Marcus's philosophical journey.
  • Insights into Marcus's introspective journaling practices.
  • Common pitfalls in practicing Stoicism and ways to sidestep them.
  • Stoic perspectives on modern challenges like pornography.
  • Donald's take on Stoics and the concept of 'victimhood'.
  • Techniques Marcus employed to regulate his temper.
  • Tragedies and trials that defined Marcus’s life.
  • The curious case of parallels in Stoic writings.
  • Intersections of Western philosophy with psychedelic experiences.
  • Delving into the realms of mysticism and psychedelics.
  • And so much more!

This podcast was originally published on the HighExistence Podcast

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