If you're facing a dilemma -- whether it's handling a relationship, living ethically, dealing with a career change, or finding meaning in life -- the world's most important thinkers from centuries past will help guide you toward a solution compatible with your individual beliefs.
From Kirkegaard's thoughts on coping with death to the I Ching's guidelines on adapting to change, Plato, Not Prozac! makes philosophy accessible and shows you how to use it to solve your everyday problems. Gone is the need for expensive therapists, medication, and lengthy analysis.
Clearly organized by common problems to help you tailor Dr. Lou Marinoff's advice to your own needs, this is an intelligent, effective, and persuasive prescription for self-healing therapy that is giving psychotherapy a run for its money.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 01/02/2000
- Category: Popular psychology
- ISBN: 9780060931360
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Review by jkcohen
This book is purely a side-effect of marketing. Plato finds precious little space inside. Rather, the book is a begging-game for cognitive-behavioral psychology, a modality of psychological treatment much beloved of insurance companies because of its seemingly quick results. Cognitive-behavioral psychology, instead of admitting any role for the unconscious, holds that we are rational to our core, and that if we simply acknowledge the irrationality of our self-limiting beliefs, they will disappear. The similarities to Socratic elenchus are present, but they are not followed up in the book. Disappointing.