Donald Robertson is the author of six books including How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. He is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, writer, and trainer, specializing in the relationship between philosophy, psychology, and self-improvement.
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was one of the last Stoic philosophers and today is arguably the best known. Thanks to his personal writings that eventually became Meditations, Marcus left us with concrete exercises to put Stoicism into action. My guest today explores this Stoic tradition and connects it with modern psychotherapy in his book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. His name is Donald Robertson, and he's a Scottish philosopher and cognitive psychotherapist. We begin our conversation discussing the history of Stoicism and the overlooked beliefs the Stoics had. We then discuss the end goal of Stoicism and how it differed from other ancient philosophies like Aristotelian virtue ethics. Donald then explains the Stoic approach to emotions and the common misconceptions people have about Stoicism in that regard. We then dig into Stoic practices taken from Marcus Aurelius and discuss how modern cognitive psychology backs them up. Donald shares how the Stoics used language and daily meditations to manage their emotional life, and how they went about the psychology of goal-setting and dealing with success and failure.Get the show notes at
In this episode Simon Drew has a wide ranging conversation with Donald Robertson.  About Donald Robertson: Donald Robertson is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and author who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and the use of CBT and clinical hypnotherapy. He is the author of many articles on philosophy and psychotherapy in professional journals, and most of you will know him from his books including "The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy", and "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness". Few people have done more to further the work and influence of Stoicism in modern times, especially considering the work that he has done in uniting Stoics all around the world with, Stoicism Today, and his Facebook group, "Stoicism Group (Stoic Philosophy)". To buy "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: CLICK HERE To buy "The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy": CLICK HERE Stoicism Today and Modern Stoicism: Donald Robertson Website: To contact Simon Drew: WANT TO SUPPORT MY WORK? BECOME A PATRON ON PATREON: Facebook: Facebook:
In episode 64 of the podcast I interview Donald Robertson. Donald is a therapist and author. We talk about the origins of CBT, stoicism and OCD recovery. Donald shares some great advice. Hope it helps! This podcast is also brought to you by nOCD. Download the app for free and they will donate $0.50 to an OCD charity on your behalf: Get exclusive podcasts and content by becoming a member of the podcast find out more here >> Show notes: To your success, Stuart and The OCD Stories team
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