Tom Miles on Stoicism | Interview

I reached out to Tom Miles, author of Stoicism: A Stoic Approach To Modern Life to ask him about why he finds Stoicism so important. Tom’s book was a fantastic introduction to Stoicism. It is short (a good thing in my mind) and introduces the reader to the Stoic concept of how to live well despite the inherent struggles in life.

The central concept of Stoicism is how we can cultivate emotional resilience no matter what life throws at us. I asked Tom a few questions about what drew him to Stoicism in the interview below.

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Healing From Vs. Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

Is it possible to heal from anxiety and depression as if it were an illness?

The Stoics believed, that suffering was part of human existence, and thought that we should learn productive ways to dealing with our inner turmoil. Continue reading “Healing From Vs. Dealing With Anxiety and Depression”

Stoicism Self-Help Form

When we feel strong emotions like anxiety or depression, how can we use Stoicism to redirect our emotions?

I created a template below that will help your identify unhelpful emotions and work to change your unhelpful beliefs that are driving your anxiety or depression. Continue reading “Stoicism Self-Help Form”

How Stoicism Can Help You Overcome Anxiety and Depression

What is Stoicism and how can it help you overcome anxiety and depression? At its core, Stoicism is the ancient philosophy of living a self-controlled, self-determined, autonomous life. The Stoics believed that we can achieve a tranquility in this life by mastering our emotions, no matter what life throws at us.

For the Stoics, achieving tranquility wasn’t about what was going on in your external world, but rather, how well you have mastered your emotions. Why do we become anxious and depressed? It is because we are making some irrational demand on ourselves, others, or life. Why do we get angry? It is because we allow others to anger us. Continue reading “How Stoicism Can Help You Overcome Anxiety and Depression”

Unconditional Acceptance of Self, Others, and Life

In my last blog post I wrote about our irrational demands that make us depressed and anxious. When we make unreasonable demands on ourselves, others, or life, we make ourselves miserable in the process. In this post, I will focus on the unconditionally accepting yourself, others, and life in general.

Why would you want unconditionally accept yourself, others and life? Because you and everyone else on this planet are fallible, flawed human beings! You will make mistakes, others will treat you badly, and life will be difficult. But that is hardly a reason to despair. Accepting yourself, others, and life for what it is, doesn’t mean that you desire to be treated badly. It merely requires that you stop overgeneralizing about the negative aspects of yourself, others, and life. Continue reading “Unconditional Acceptance of Self, Others, and Life”

How We Make Ourselves Anxious and Depressed

Let’s face it: it’s easy to get depressed and anxious. Life is full of mistakes and setbacks. But instead of just feeling momentary lapses of sadness, disappointment, or regret, we magnify our feelings and turn them into full-blown debilitating anxiety and depression.

Fortunately, there is a way out of the insanity that we create for ourselves. Our feelings, such as depression and anxiety, are to a large extent determined by our underlying thoughts and beliefs. As human beings, we have the ability to change our underlying beliefs if we so desire. By changing our beliefs, we can make significant steps towards alleviating even the most insidious depression and anxiety. Continue reading “How We Make Ourselves Anxious and Depressed”

Just Published Book: Rationally Overcome Anxiety and Depression

I just published a new book, Rationally Overcome Anxiety & Depression: Using Stoicism to Overcome Anxiety & Depression.

For the next 5 days, I am reducing the price to Zero on Amazon!

I’m also giving away 25 free download codes to download it for free on Audible! To get your free code, send me an email aaron@aaron.coach or a text message.

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Robert Whitaker on Psychiatric Drugs

Do antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs make people better or worse? Do schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders run natural disease courses, or are they lifelong conditions? Why are so many people receiving disability income for mental disorders in a time when psychiatry claims to have created pharmacological cures for mental diseases?

Robert Whitaker explores these questions in his book An Anatomy of an Epidemic. Whitaker uncovers compelling evidence that long-term use of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs actually increase the chances of having the very symptoms you are trying to ameliorate. In this interview, I talk with Robert about the evidence behind his book.

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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy with Debbie Joffe Ellis

In this live interview, I talk with Debbie Joffe Ellis about REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy) and how to use it to overcome life’s challenges. By thinking in healthy ways, we prevent or reduce pain, and experience greater tranquility and enrich our purpose in our lives. We talk about the core REBT principles including the importance of applying unconditional acceptance and gratitude to our daily lives.

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