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A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control—52 Week-by-Week Lessons

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A pragmatic philosophy more popular than ever—here are 52 ancient lessons to help you overcome adversity and find tranquility in the modern world

Stress often comes from situations that are beyond our control—such as preparing for a meeting, waiting for test results, or arguing with a loved one. But we can control our response to these everyday tensions—through the wisdom
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by The Experiment
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Sue
This book came in the post to me yesterday, unsolicited by the Publishers Penguin Random House.
In all honestly I wasn’t going to read it, but pass it on to someone who has an interest in this maybe.

My daughter flicked through it and began to read passages from it.
Then showing me the “exercise” that can manually be input into the pages whilst challenging yourself whilst reading this.

I read up on the authors where one of them leant towards Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Which in some ways, although
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Gail Williamson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book for those committed to the Stoic life. The exercises are worthwhile and in-depth and could be scary for some. It is not a book you just “read” but a book that you “do”. On the author’s suggestion (as time would not allow for the full 52-week practice in order to get this review written) I did the recommended chapters and a few more to get a feeling for the book. There is a lot of ancient philosophy references and modern day examples which were a good fit for me.

I do not suggest th
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Natalie
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Handbook for New Stoics by Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez gives reader’s a look at how the philosophy of stoicism can benefit them in their everyday life. Broken up into bite-sized weekly lessons, each presented with a quote from a leader in the ancient movement of stoicism, the reader is able to take on these concepts while putting them to use.
Reading this book, I became keenly aware of how many techniques I have used to work through stress and struggles with mental illness have actually
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Fabrizio Bianchi
After exactly one year I finished the whole Stoic practice curriculum contained in this book, containing 52 weekly exercises illustrating the theory, but especially the importance and variety practice, of Stoicism.

The exercises are presented in an accessible schematic way, with modern day examples at the beginning of each chapter, and the practitioner is invited to answer questions and write down intentions on the book (or on the printables made available for those with the ebook version) before
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Nightbird
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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To my surprise, I have been somewhat actively practicing Stoicism for over 40 years without knowing it. The way I have lived my life was forged in the bellows of tragedy and death from my early childhood. I have never spoken aloud the ways in which I have coped for fear of ostracism and judgment from others.
Now in my late 50's I find the philosophy of Stoicism to be as close a description as humanly possible. I am neither wolf nor dog here in this world (excellent book by Kent Nerburn) but my wa
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Jialei佳蕾
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read classical works by Stoic scholars. Yet, whenever reality later hit me, I would go back to my old self - someone who couldn’t control her temper, someone that felt anxious about uncertainty, and someone that was frequently swayed by passions.

I sincerely thought that I believed in Stoic ideas, yet there seemed to be an unconquerable divide between what I believed and and what I did. Was I a hypocrite? Was I too weak mentally? What prevented me from putting these principles i
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Marie
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Your character is ultimately the only thing under your control.

Decide how best to live, understand how the world works and reason appropriately about it.

Our job as human beings is to be helpful and kind to each other.

Pay attention to what is most important in your life. Don’t be distracted by inconsequential or destructive pursuits.
Time can never be paid back.

Seek people who are better than you so that you can learn from them.

Speak less about yourself. Care more about others.

Turn difficulties in
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Ashleigh
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very thorough workbook with lots of information and explanation to help you practice stoicism. I read the book in full and now will go back and use it as a week by week workbook.
Kristine
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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A Handbook for New Stoics by Massimo Pigliucci is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-May.

Lessons are spread over each week of the year, progressively with the themes of desire (aspects of your life that you’re in control of and how tenuous they can be), action (patience and calm amid the unpredictable), and assent (reacting without impulsivity, not being quick to judge). Immediately, my memory is jogged that I received a daily Stoic email newsletter for much of 2016-2017 that followed rel
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wassname
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best starting point for Stoicism in my opinion. Has a passage from Seneca, Epictetus, or Marcus, then explains in modern language, and finally gives you an excercise. A simple formula that works well and includes everything you need.

The audiobook is a nice way to consume it.

If you sample this book, make sure to sample a chapter from part 2 and 3 too.
Romeo
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant for a starting stoic

Brilliant and very insightful. Is a definite good introduction to anyone looking to get into stoicism but more for the person that wants to practice it and not just learn about some of its theory. Highly recommended even if a stoic life isn’t completely for you since it can help with anxiety and stress.
Dora
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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It took me a full year (and I still have tons of material to go through and exercises to do), but I'm a better person for it, with better habits and behavior patterns.

The quizzes included in the book showed surprising results...in a positive way.

I'll be returning to many of these exercises on a daily basis, surely.
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Darius Daugvila
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me over one year to finish the book - as authors recommended one chapter for each exercise.

To make it short:
This book was introduction to Stoic philosophy which may be not suited for everyone. It may be a good idea to read it to people who want to start self- knowing journey on the next level.

In the end, this book with all weekly exercises made my Sundays a bit more fun!
Colin
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good practical curriculum for Stoicism

Stoicism is not a pen-and-paper philosophy, but one meant for practical living, and this book offers a year-long curriculum (52 lessons for 52 weeks) practicing different aspects of this philosophy. This makes a really good practical curriculum for those that want to try living Stoicism.
Khadijah Aufadina
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stoicism is an ancient philosophy, but it is one that remains highly relevant today. To understand the basics of Stoicism, you should know that it is based on three fundamental ideas: living in harmony with nature, understanding the dichotomy of control, and following a three-disciplined practice. The practice begins with the Discipline of Desire, which is about understanding what is and isn’t in our control; then, the Discipline of Action teaches us how to navigate difficult social situations; ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for all of us that are leading a Stoic life and studying self awareness. The exercises in-depth are soul searching and will enrich your Stoic lifestyle. This is a excellent guide and workbook. I recommend you keep this book by your bed and refer to it daily to build your knowledge. The author has included philosophy which is a wonderful learning tool,, The weekly lessons, quotes and techniques are the tools that you need to delve into the practice of being Stoic. The examples are ...more
Diana Moreno
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that makes you to look at yourself, reflect, analize and grow as a person.

Is not a book to read to relax, is a book that at certain times it might make you feel uneasy, or might bring not the best of you as you probably would not only think about your personal life and those around you at the moment, but also about the past.
Zhivko Kabaivanov
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Handbook For New Stoics (2019) is a step-by-step guide to understanding and practicing the philosophy of Stoicism. You’ll find a helpful overview as well as recommended exercises for starting out and gradually becoming an advanced student of the popular philosophy.

Robert
I purchased this book a couple months ago. It would have been the perfect book to have begun during the COVID-19 lockdown and blog about it as I read. That was the plan. Life got in the way, which is okay. I still intend to work through the book, one week at a time and blog about it as I do, but that will wait until the move occurs. Meanwhile, I read and listened to the book in a straight shot read. I think this is a good way to approach this so I know how the book is presented, the kinds of act ...more
AttackGirl
Oct 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A step by step in depth discussion with lessons and examples on stoicism. A well read author discuss the early thinkers and practitioners of stoicism and name drops so now I have other books to go read… (oh when will they input all the hyperlinks to make my purchases easier and their business grow… )
Stoicism mentality and behavior To be considered and practiced as the 52 weeks of the year go by with follow up discussion and final test.

I did not take a week and definitely not 52 but this is a gr
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QUINNS
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Today, Stoicism is a highly relevant ancient philosophy. To understand the basics of Stoicism however, one should live in accordance with the three fundamental ideas: living in harmony with nature, understanding the dichotomy of control, and following a three-disciplined practice.

The practice begins with Discipline of Desire, which is about knowing what is and isn’t in our control; then, Discipline of Action that teaches us how to navigate challenging social situations; and last but not least D
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Rayi Noormega
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been doing the exercises on this book for 30 days straight and I found the process is insightful. The book gives us clear guidance and structures although all the exercises require a deep commitment because the exercises are in weekly basis.

This book is more than enough to really shift our mindset and to implement Stoic way of life in daily basis. Overall, this book gives us 40% of Stoic theory, 50% of weekly exercises, and 10% of reasons on why we need to really commit and stick with the
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Tony Segreto
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great entry level guide to how to get on the path of Stoicism. I can't say that I am always a practicing Stoic, but I like to think I follow more Stoicism than most. This book provides a great level of detail and a guideline that is actionable yet simple and concise. I read it without the intention of using it as a 52 week type of guide, but I was still able to appreciate the values and concepts within. A lot of great quotes from the usual suspects, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and my favorite, S ...more
Alex Perdiz
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book is meant to be used as a Workbook. I thoroughly enjoyed the teachings and example of this book.

I think Stoicism is one of the greatest philosophies to implement in our lives, this book provides valuable knowledge and exercises from some of the greats (Marcus Aurelius, Senec, Epictetus)

Great and simple but nonetheless a valuable read!
Theresa
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m learning to the stoic philosophy this year. I wished the audio book had PDFs or a link to PDFs so you can do the exercises.

The book goes a little more depth of the other Stoicism books I’ve read (i.e. Meditations and Daily Stoicism). I like how it gives examples and more explanations based on era that the philosophers wrote them.

Samar
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books has helped me and a group of friends survive during Corona times. We hel a weekly book club to practice the exercises we reached half of the book and it was one rich deep experience for us all. I completed reading the book on my own, I highly recommend it for anyone searching for a step by step change
Amanda
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great practical introduction. I recommend purchasing your own copy. I used a library copy, so I wasn't able to write in it, which would have made my practices easier. This book doesn't have all the information pertaining to Stoicism that I would like, but it is a good starting point and means for practicing Stoicism in daily life to see if it is right for you. ...more
Teryn
Sep 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I did not read this book week by week as per the instructions. I took it all on in a couple of days and took notes of the things I wanted to try out and keep doing.
That being said. I really enjoyed this book and plan to utilize some of the things taught in this book in my daily life. It was very thorough and the examples helped to better comprehend the weekly challenges.
Angela
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was interested in understanding about the topic Stoic and this book does not disappoint. By reading this book I got a beginners view of what it is about. Recommend to anyone who wants some insight.
Lauren W
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some of these exercises and shifts in thinking and acting are legit helping me get through the pandemic. This was tough to read and is obviously a longer journey, but some of the immediate learnings have helped me.
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Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His scholarly interests are in the philosophy of science and the nature of pseudoscience. He studies and practices modern Stoicism.

Pigliucci is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written for Skeptical Inquirer, Philosophy N
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“To decide how best to live (ethics), one has to understand how the world works (physics) and reason appropriately about it (logic). Which brings us to the idea of living according to nature. The most important aspects of human nature, the Stoics thought, are twofold: that we are social animals (and are then deeply interdependent with other people) and that we are capable of reasoning-based problem solving. So to live according to nature means using reason to improve social living. Or as Seneca put it, “Bring the mind to bear upon your problems.” 0 likes
“There are three things in which a man ought to exercise himself who would be wise and good. The first concerns the desires and the aversions, that a man may not fail to get what he desires, and that he may not fall into that which he does not desire. The second concerns the movements (toward an object) and the movements from an object, and generally in doing what a man ought to do, that he may act according to order, to reason, and not carelessly. The third thing concerns freedom from deception and rashness in judgment, and generally it concerns the assents. Of these topics the chief and the most urgent is that which relates to the affects [i.e., the Discipline of Desire]; for an affect is produced in no other way than by a failing to obtain that which a man desires or falling into that which a man would wish to avoid. This is that which brings in perturbations, disorders, bad fortune, misfortunes, sorrows, lamentations, and envy; that which makes men envious and jealous; and by these causes we are unable even to listen to the precepts of reason.” Epictetus, Discourses III, 2.1–3” 0 likes
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