Stoic Philosophy

“A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC, but was famously practiced by the likes of Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. The philosophy asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness and judgment should be based on behavior, rather than words. That we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses . . .” Daily Stoic

Both Drs. Ellis and Beck drew upon Stoic Philosophy in developing REBT and CBT.  It is more explicit, I think, in REBT but the threads in CBT are unmistakable if you know what to look for. Stoic Philosophy can be studied as a stand-alone philosophy of life or to enhance and deepen your practice of REBT-CBT.  Stoic Philosophy is not particularly theoretical or highfalutin and remains remarkably fresh and modern for a set of ideas dating back more than two thousand years. See the  Wikipedia article.

Here is a great selection of books to get you started.




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