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The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient

William B. Irvine

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Norton
04 November 2019
Philosophy; History of Western philosophy; Psychology; Advice on careers & achieving success; Advocate - Philosophy
Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. We often think that these responses are hardwired, but fortunately this is not the case. Philosopher William B. Irvine combines key lessons from the ancient Stoics- thinkers including Marcus Aurelius and Seneca-with modern psychological techniques such as anchoring and framing to develop a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life's unpleasant surprises. These include minor setbacks like being caught in a traffic jam or having a flight cancelled, as well as major setbacks, like those experienced by physicist Stephen Hawking, who slowly lost the ability to move, and surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a shark.
By:   William B. Irvine
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 218mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   336g
ISBN:   9780393652499
ISBN 10:   0393652491
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William B Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University. The author of seven books, including The Stoic Challenge and A Guide to the Good Life, he has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Salon, Time, and the BBC. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Reviews for The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient

Bill Irvine does it again: he uses ancient Stoicism, updated with modern findings from psychological research, to challenge us to become better human beings.--Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to Be a Stoic Every startup founder knows that startups, no matter how successful they appear from the outside, are actually beset with setbacks. The best founders retain equanimity and energy regardless. This book shows how the philosophy of Stoicism can be directly applied to the process of building companies and making new things in the world.--Marc Andreessen, cofounder, Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz Irvine is a warm and friendly Stoic, and one of the great guides through the subject. His congenial writing offers strategies for the anxiety-free, supple kind of sturdiness with which we should all be greeting ourselves and the world.--Derren Brown, mentalist, illusionist, and author of Happy While it's a commonplace that we can change our minds, this book shows us how we can also reframe our emotions in ways that liberate us from the grip of thoughts and feelings that can keep a good person down. A promising blend of classical Stoicism and trailblazing psychology.--Christopher Phillips, author of Socrates Cafe The Stoic Challenge is the ultimate mental fitness program. You'll whip your fortitude into shape with exercises like negative visualization, reframing, and other Stoic principles and practices that have helped humans lead calmer, happier lives for millennia.--David Heinemeier Hansson, coauthor of Rework The Stoic Challenge is a beautifully engaging account of how to approach life with a particular gem of Stoic wisdom as your guide. I can see this book benefitting many people in their daily lives, and I'm sure they'll go on to recommend it to their friends.--Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor


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