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Cognitive psychotherapist, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (2019), featured in Forge, The Guardian. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002Q2WSPA

The need to return to a philosophy of love and kindness

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Stoicism is for tough guys, right? It’s about looking out for number one and not giving a fig about other people. It means going around telling everyone else to “suck it up”, right? At least that’s what a lot of people tell me. One of the main reasons they believe…


Six of the Best Practices for Emotional Resilience

Photo of the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio. Copyright the author, Donald Robertson, 2021.

Stoicism is experiencing a renaissance in popularity. This arguably started because it provided the philosophical inspiration for the pioneers of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1980s, CBT had become the leading evidence-based form of modern psychotherapy. …


Please join me for Stoicon 2021, the 9th Annual International Modern Stoicism Conference, which will be held online on Saturday, October 9th, 2021.

We’re making Stoic philosophy accessible to everyone by highlighting its practical relevance to the everyday challenges people today face in their lives. And we’re making this event accessible to all by hosting it virtually, globally, and with an optional donation. If you haven’t already reserved your ticket, be sure to register soon. All are welcome!

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Look forward to seeing you there!

Donald Robertson


How the Stoic Roman Emperor got his nickname

Early poster design for my graphic novel, Verissimus. Copyright D. Robertson.

You’ve probably heard of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. He’s the author of The Meditations, one of the most popular self-improvement classics of all time. …


For many years, it’s been on my mind that people confuse Stoicism with having a stiff upper-lip and being not only unemotional but uncaring toward others. That’s wrong. It’s a misconception. Ancient Stoic philosophers would have been amazed because they made love and kindness central to their philosophy of life.


How a Philosophy of Life Came From a Snack

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To look for the fig in winter is the act of a madman… — Marcus Aurelius

Figs are in season again here in Athens. When they’re spotted in the local groceries it’s a cause for excitement. Who would have thought we’d miss them so much when they weren’t available? …


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People keep asking me for a practical guide to using Stoic exercises in daily life. So I went ahead and created one for you. It’s a free email course consisting of six lessons — each one describes how to use a different psychological technique from ancient Stoicism. …


How Marcus Aurelius was Initiated into the Cult of Demeter

For I made a vow, when the war began to blaze highest, that I too would be initiated... —Marcus Aurelius, quoted in Cassius Dio

Photo taken by the author, Donald Robertson, showing the bust of Marcus Aurelius at Elefsina.

The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD) is best-known today as the author of The Meditations, a collection of personal reflections on ethics and self-improvement inspired…


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I first started training therapists and life coaches about 25 years ago. People often ask me if there are any online courses for life coaching or self-improvement that would be good for someone interested in Stoicism. I don’t usually recommend courses unless I know quite a bit about the content…

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