The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks

Stoic "Object Deconstruction" to Reduce Cravings and Attachments

November 11, 2021 Jon Brooks
The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks
Stoic "Object Deconstruction" to Reduce Cravings and Attachments
Show Notes

In this guided reflection, we look at the Stoic technique of "object deconstruction," which can help us to see our cravings and attachments in a more objective, rational way, and therefore reduce the delusory framing we put around them.

This guided lesson is based on Chapter 3 of the Enchiridion, in which Epictetus states:

"In the case of particular things that delight you, or benefit you, or to which you have grown attached, remind yourself of what they are. Start with things of little value. If it is china you like, for instance, say, β€˜I am fond of a piece of china.’ When it breaks, then you won’t be as disconcerted."

By practicing "object deconstruction" regularly, you will learn the skill of not getting wrapped up with the stories you tell yourself about your attachments, which can include relationships, pleasures, possessions, and habits. Β 

You can read my extended version of the chapter here: https://www.stoichandbook.co/attachment-to-possessions/

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