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Forum: The Stoic Roots of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT and how is it related to stoicism?

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Forum: The Stoic Roots of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Feb 13, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1

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About the Event

Greetings fellow stoics!

We begin discussing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and its roots in stoic philosophy. Some of the same philosophical underpinnings of stoicism had been imported into the foundations of CBT in the early 20th century, including the idea that we must delineate between internal and external events, and the idea that if we are frustrated by an event, it is not the event which frustrates us, but our perspective of that event which does so. These basic assumptions – the distinction between voluntary and involuntary acts, and that all our beliefs, dispositions, and even emotions about things are cognitively based – are the tenets of these two apparently pyschotherapeutic cousins.

Here is some source material where you can introduce yourself to CBT and its connections to stoicism:

+++https://medium.com/stoicism-philosophy-as-a-way-of-life/stoic-philosophy-as-a-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-597fbeba786a

+++http://albertinejournal.org/10%20A%20Comparative%20Analysis%20of%20Stoicism%20and%20Cognitive%20Behavioural%20Therapy%20(CBT).pdf

+++https://medium.com/stoicism-philosophy-as-a-way-of-life/stoicism-and-psychological-resilience-12e3917563e3

+++https://stoicteacher.wordpress.com/stoic-resilience-and-the-path-to-tranquility/

The first two are definite introductions to the two, but the last two of four sources are further texts on stoic mindfulness and using stoicism in therapy.

This forum discussion will take one hour. For this, as we are reading the sources over the week, please feel free to write either in the comments here or in our Telegram chat (preferred!) which Leitfragen or key questions you would like us to use as prompts to base our discussion. Please try and submit questions before the end of day next Friday 12. February so we have time to select a handful of these key questions to use, in the event we don't have time during the forum to discuss them all.

The second hour will be devoted to a sharing center, sharing how we have implemented stoicism – and this time around, CBT – in our lives, how we have practiced stoicism, and how it has changed - or not changed - our lives. Even if you don't practice either, we ask each of us to reflect how we could have used CBT or stoicism to help us solve problems or tribulations we might have encountered during the week.

A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram channel by contacting us with your cell number and we'll add you. (2) The link to this event will be posted closer to the event start time, but we do use https://meet.jit.si/.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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