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How Stoicism Can Help At Work

Stoicism is undergoing a bit of a revival today.  There are active groups on Facebook, an excellent project called Modern Stoicism which offers training, http://modernstoicism.com  and a number of articles on it recently in Forbes. So what is it all about and how can it help us? Stoicism is a philosophy which was founded in Ancient Greece and was very influential in the ancient world.  While a lot of its early writings have been lost, those of the major Stoics from Roman times remain including those of the ex-slave turned philosopher Epictetus, the emperor Marcus Aurelius and the writer Seneca who came to a nasty end under Nero. Today we retain the word “stoic” in our vocabulary and it implies a grim, suffering, stiff upper lip type of attitude.  This is a caricature of what Stoicism is about.  Stoicism is essentially a form of “philosophy as a way of life”, as distinct from the sterile academic discipline it has become. Stoics sought to achieve eudaimonia or human flourishing i.e. happiness, through restraint of negative impulses and …