Stoic Philosophy and CBT for Chronic Pain – Donald Robertson

In this interview, we’re going to look at how to apply Stoic philosophy principles and CBT for chronic pain. Both these practices can be used to live a better life – even when facing the challenge of chronic pain. 

Donald Robertson is a psychotherapist specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and the treatment of anxiety. He is also the author of: ‘Stoicism and the Art of Happiness,’ ‘Build Your Resilience’ and ‘The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

We will learn more about:

  • What is Stoic philosophy?  Where it comes from and what it teaches.
  • What is an experiment people could try to introduce Stoicism into their lives and reduce anxiety?
  • How Stoicism can help us today with anxiety and stress in relation to pain?
  • How Stoicism deals with worry about the future?
  • CBT for chronic pain – and how it relates to Stoicism
  • What other daily practices people can adopt into their lives to create more peace and calm?

NB: The audio breaks up a bit for the first 5 minutes, but after that it’s fine.

Donad Robertson’s book:

You can find more information about Donald Robertson and Stoicism by visiting the links below:

Donad Robertson’s Stoicism and the Art of Happiness

Philosophy of CBT

Modern Stoicism

Stoicon: Stoicism Conference

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) Course

Stoic Week Events

Interview: Stoicism and Anxiety



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