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Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems

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Offers an alternative to traditional therapy, explaining how the theories of history's most noted philosophers can be applied to handling relationships, living ethically, managing a career, and finding meaning in life. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published 1999)
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Maria Espadinha
Apr 25, 2017 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Em Busca da Sabedoria Interior

A Filosofia ao serviço do Dia a Dia!...
Skorofido Skorofido
Ως φίδι ψυχαναγκαστικόν, ψυχοπαθολογικόν, ψυχοπονιάρικον και ό,τι άλλο υπάρχει σε «ψυχό», λατρεύω όλα αυτά τα βιβλία του συρμού που κυκλοφορούν με έτοιμες λύσεις αυτοβοήθειας για πάσαν ψυχικήν νόσον και μαλακίαν. Και μπορεί σαφώς οι σοβαροί επιστήμονες ψυχολόγοι να τα καίνε στο ‘πυρ το εξώτερον’, προσωπικώς όμως με έχουν ωφελήσει σε διάφορες φάσεις της ψυχοπαρανοϊκής ζωής μου. Ακόμα και αυτά τα τσιτάτα και τα ευτράπελα ψυχολογικά – φιλοσοφικά κλισέ, κατά καιρούς με έχουν βοηθήσει να δραπετεύσω α ...more
Jenn
Oct 03, 2008 Jenn rated it it was ok
Although the author gives lip service to the belief that there is a place for both psychology/psychiatry and practical application of philosophy, he clearly doesn't believe it. He spends a lot of time deriding traditional psychiatry and psychology while using case examples to support his method of "philosophical counseling." His case studies are compelling. However, I highly doubt these cases represent the vast majority of individuals seeking mental health counseling. Anyone who has the time, kn ...more
Deppy Spanou
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Θα σας έχει τύχει δε μπορεί. Να, εννοώ αυτό, που μια μέρα σηκώνεσαι να πας στη δουλειά, κάνεις όλες τις προετοιμασίες μηχανικά και στο μεταξύ σκέφτεσαι, ποιος είμαι; που πάω; γιατί το κάνω τώρα αυτό; τι νόημα έχουν όλα αυτά; γιατί το ένα και γιατί το άλλο… και μόνη επιθυμητή αντίδραση σε όλο αυτό να είναι το ατελείωτο ρέμβασμα του ταβανιού. Εγώ ομολογώ πως ήμουν εκεί πριν λίγο καιρό και δίσταζα να το μοιραστώ με άλλους, γιατί νόμιζα πως χάνω τα λογικά μου
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Commonground
Mar 21, 2008 Commonground rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting and intelligent approach to the self-help genre. The author challenges readers who are experiencing "cognitive dissonance" (that's psycho talk for being depressed or feeling stressed out) to use critical thinking skills, the roots of which can be found in ancient philosophy. Since people have little control of their actual feelings, the best thing they can do for themselves is often changing their thinking. Doing this can actually affect their emotional state, resulting in ...more
Lausº
Oct 09, 2008 Lausº rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected more from this book, I read it just because the title seemed attractive, although some chapters are interesting, is not deep enough to be able to understand the method and it focuses too much on to giving examples.
The best part is the appendix of philosophers that summarize, the most important thinkers and their contributions.
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Esperaba más de este libro, lo leí solamente porque el título me parecía atractivo y
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Ariadna73
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Lo que más me impresionó de este libro es la visión del ser humano que se prepara por la mañana para enfrentar el mundo: ropa para vestir el cuerpo, maquillaje para embellecer el rostro, desodorante para ocultar el mal olor y pastilla para ocultar los defectos de la personalidad. Como si todos los niveles de nuestro ser se pudieran manejar de la misma manera y con pastillitas. Ahora viviendo en este país, he notado que muchas personas solucionan hasta los problemas más simples con una pastilla; ...more
Devika Koppikar
Jan 25, 2011 Devika Koppikar rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read! As a Unitarian Universalist, I felt the book followed the same principles of our church - where you learn about various ideas, but decide on your own what is best for you.

Through his various techniques, Marinoff helps provide a way whereby you can see your challenge through various prisms, and thus, you can decide how, when, and if you want to resolve it in a certain manner.

Marinoff gives you various problem-solving techniques (with the “PEACE” macro) and examin
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Austin Luca
Oct 20, 2016 Austin Luca rated it it was amazing
"Philosophy is therapy for the sane." This is a new perspective for me, and it is the reason why I like this book so much. This book isn't meant to dive deep into philosophy, it's only meant to offer some wisdom from the ages to common problems we face today, such as relationships, midlife crisises, and finding meaning in life if you've accidently killed God. I especially liked the way that the book is organized into sections by problems we face, not by philosophers.
Μ C
Jan 12, 2014 Μ C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
I read this book on a very difficult period of my life and I found it to be very good company. It is very well written, offers a simplistic approach to philosophy and how it can be applied to everyday problems, wouldn't hurt anyone to read it, and I think most people would find it to be a very beneficial read!
Scoutfree
Jan 17, 2008 Scoutfree rated it did not like it
You must read tens and tens of pages to find something interesting, while he reminds you once and again how much a philosophical advisory can help you. I just liked the part where he describes different kinds of philosophy, and there are better books than this one for that. I reached to half or so, but didn't finish it. Kinda self-aid or so.
King
May 18, 2009 King rated it really liked it
Dont let the title mislead you. This book is not exclusive for those battling mental/mood disorders. Its for everyone whos searching for thoughts that would alleviate the nuisances of everyday life. Its also a great alternative for those who believe that not every thing psychology related should be treated on a neurobiological level.
Pwlina
Oct 25, 2014 Pwlina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Μου πήρε μήνες να το τελειώσω! Η κεντρική ιδέα (προσέγγιση των σημαντικών θεμάτων της ζωής υπό το πρισμα της φιλοσοφίας) αναπτύσσεται εντελώς επιφανειακά.
Αγγελική Μπούλιαρη
Το βιβλίο χωρίζεται σε τέσσερα μέρη:
1. ΝΕΕΣ ΧΡΗΣΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΑΡΧΑΙΑΣ ΣΟΦΙΑΣ
2. ΑΝΤΙΜΕΤΩΠΙΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΩΝ ΠΡΟΒΛΗΜΑΤΩΝ
3. ΠΕΡΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΕΥΤΙΚΗ ΤΩΝ ΠΕΛΑΤΩΝ
4. ΕΠΙΠΡΟΣΘΕΤΕΣ ΠΗΓΕΣ ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΩΝ

Η γνώμη μου: Είμαι υπέρ των βιβλίων που δείχνουν το δρόμο για να ενσωματώσουμε τη φιλοσοφία στην καθημερινότητά μας, και πιστεύω ότι οι απαντήσεις σε πολλά από τα ερωτήματα που μας απασχολούν έχουν ήδη δοθεί στο παρελθόν, ως επί το πλείστον από τους αρχαίους Έλληνες φιλοσόφους.
Αν και ο συγγραφέας έχει κατηγορηθε
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Michelle
May 18, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: if you like self help books and philosophy
Recommended to Michelle by: no one, saw it on a libray shelf and was intrigued by the awesom
i took it as a good review of the most popular ideas from philosophers. it's a how to on philosophical counseling which isn't too popular yet but a great idea, in my opinion (well obviously i'd say that since i have a philosophy degree and am going into counseling, he he). this method of counseling would be like going to your philosophy professor instead of your psychologist to fix a "philosophical problem" like contemplating switching careers, putting your mom in a home, or finding a purpose in ...more
Amanda
Mar 09, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
I picked up this book while searching for a less conventional answer to my emotional distress. I enjoy philosophy and also psychology and this book really hit the spot for me. It was refreshing to hear a psychology focus less on the reason behind your problems (i.e., your poor childhood did it) but rather to see the life philosophies that we hold onto that cause us to ignore other truths about life. What I mean to say is that this book really helped me question the philosophies I had about life ...more
Abal Neto
Não o li por completo, mas basicamente é um livro voltado para pessoas mais velhas. São varias histórias sobre como ele lidou com os problrmas dos pacientes, mas com o passar da leitura, se torna até monótomo. Não é um livro para se ler de vez.
Também o autor tem algo contra psicólogos e vive a falar que filosofia é melhor :v . Mas entendo o ponto dele, alguns psicologos fazem do tratamento uma jornada milenar e filosofar é mais direto, além de dar uma autonomia ao paciente.
Enfim, a leitura fica
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Pablo
Feb 13, 2011 Pablo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta bueno para quien este interesado en tener una idea básica y general de que es la filosofía y sus distintas corrientes de pensamiento.
Aunque el libro no es de auto-ayuda pero puede parecerlo en momentos, deja una conclucion bastante tranquilizante: No importa cuales sean sus ideas o decisiones por mas locas que parezcan siempre encontrara un filosofo y una filosofia que respalde sus ideas.
El libro también cuenta con muchas frases celebres de filósofos.

Jess Ram
Feb 01, 2014 Jess Ram rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: incomplete
At first I thought this was going to be a nice book to pick up on bits and pieces of different philosophies but I can't even get past the first section because all it's really doing is bashing psychology as if the author wrote this after having a bad experience with a psychologist or psychiatrist. I won't be finishing this book.
Jasmeet Salech
Mar 15, 2016 Jasmeet Salech rated it liked it
Is it only me or did anyone else feel like the author is defending Philosophy a little too much. I am only at page no. 27 and I feel like I am reading the differences between psychology and philosophy for some exam.
Hettie
Jun 04, 2011 Hettie rated it did not like it
Could not make my way through this. Just lost interest.
Joseph Junior
Dec 12, 2015 Joseph Junior rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanto si te gusta la filosofía o no, es recomendable este libro porque define en pocas páginas las ideas de los diferentes filósofos desde los tiempos olvidados hasta hoy.
Karna Bimantara
Oct 17, 2012 Karna Bimantara rated it really liked it
Lou Marinoff ingin mengatakan dalam buku ini bahwa filsafat bisa hidup di tengah-tengah manusia umum. Filsafat tidak lagi menjadi milik eksklusif para filosof yang bersemayam di menara gading. Filsafat bisa membumi, filsafat bisa diaplikasikan untuk penggunaan praktis sehari-hari, untuk menyelesaikan persoalan-persoalan fundamental yang dihadapi manusia.

Plato Not Prozac ingin mengembalikan diskursus dialog plato sebagai bekal "problem solving". Ada lima langkah yang bisa dilakukan mulai dari id
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Angel Ancin
Interesting but a bit "american" (simplistic)
David Renderos
Oct 11, 2016 David Renderos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lou Marinoff nos describe en éste libro un modo de vida más práctico y experimental , ya que hace uso de la filosofía en la vida cotidiana. Desmesura totalmente a todos los psicólogos /psicoanalistas que recomiendan el uso del Prozac más sin embargo, el autor hace uso del método PEACE. P:Problema E:Emoción A:Análisis C:Contemplación E:Equilibrio "El asesoramiento filosófico ,a pesar de ser un campo de la filosofía relativamente nuevo , está experimentando un rápido crecimiento. El movimiento de ...more
Cristina Montes
Jan 30, 2010 Cristina Montes rated it liked it
The author makes a good point in encouraging people to think their problems through, using the wisdom of philosophers. I like the way the author encourages people to learn philosophy. However, I think his approach needs to be taken with a grain of salt. No one-size-fits-all approach suits everyone. In some situations, thinking your problems through is not enough; you sometimes need medicines in addition to philosophy. Sometimes, you're just too depressed that you cannot think and you need medici ...more
Shane
Sep 23, 2012 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted this book by my boss, who apparently assumes (rightly so) that I am in to drugs. I did not specifically choose to read this piece on my own, and this review may reflect that. This book is mostly case studies, which gets old after a couple hundred pages, but there are plenty of portions that I felt compelled to underline. There are lots of good quotes from the ages (which this texts makes easily applicable to any layman not steeped in Philosophy), and Dr. Marinoff's PEACE process is ...more
Katie
Jan 02, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book and my review is mixed. Marinoff had a lot of good ideas, ways to be optimistic, ways to evaluate decisions etc., but I didn't feel that cherry-picked quotes from ancient philosophers added any value. Common sense needs no justification. I also noted an undertone of bitterness that talk therapy is covered by medical insurance, yet philosophical assessment is not. The case studies were effective, but again, the references to philosophy did little more than make him se ...more
Scott
Aug 23, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok
The author has little to no understanding or experience of what psychotherapy is like or its goals. By beginning the book with a bashing of "traditional" mental health treatment, I became immediately somewhat defensive. However, I was able to get some useful information from the rest of the book and would have preferred more discussion on the philosophical beliefs and how they directly apply to life.
Fred
Nov 29, 2012 Fred rated it liked it
The basic premise here is that we can benefit from Philosophy as a treatment for social and psychological maladies. The author readily admits there are certain illnesses which should only be treated by more traditional practices; however, he advises that we not rush automatically to the analyst's couch and drug cabinet for every trouble. A little Philosophy could save years of Psychotherapy, as it were. Interesting idea presented in a highly readable style.
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Louis Joshua Marinoff is a philosopher, author, and philosophical practitioner. Founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA).
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