Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Wales, UK
Jon Brooks is the creator of The Stoic Handbook and the co-owner of HighExistence. He is passionate about how innovative scientific learning methods can be combined with the practice of Stoicism.
Jan
17
Use Massimo Pigliucci's Daily Philosophical Journal to Gamify Practical Wisdom

Use Massimo Pigliucci's Daily Philosophical Journal to Gamify Practical Wisdom

Developing practical wisdom isn't the easiest virtue to develop, but there is a tried and tested method: the philosophical journal.
4 min read
Dec
27
On Dealing with Future Uncertainty

On Dealing with Future Uncertainty

Enchiridion Chapter 32 / 53: Here Epictetus advises us on how to look to the future and whether or not we should take predictions about it seriously.
2 min read
Oct
13
Trust The Cosmic Perspective

Trust The Cosmic Perspective

Enchiridion Chapter 31/53: In this lesson from Epictetus, we explore the utility of having the cosmic perspective of life over the egoic perspective.
4 min read
Sep
06
Take Full Responsibility for Your Role in Relationships

Take Full Responsibility for Your Role in Relationships

Chapter 30/53: In this Stoic breakdown we look at the best way to think about our own role in relationships so we can maximize our wellbeing and effectiveness.
2 min read
Jul
10
Use The Mental Contrasting Method to End Dabbling and Achieve Mastery

Use The Mental Contrasting Method to End Dabbling and Achieve Mastery

Many of us spend our lives dabbling from one thing to the next without ever committing to anything with all our hearts. This makes us feel as though we've wasted our time and squandered our potential. So what's the solution?
6 min read
May
23
"What If" Technique to Discover the Source of Your Anxiety

"What If" Technique to Discover the Source of Your Anxiety

The "What If" Technique comes from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an effective, science-backed therapeutic system inspired by Stoic philosophy and it helps you discover the root of your anxieties.
3 min read
May
17
Stoic Cheat Sheet: Volume 2

Stoic Cheat Sheet: Volume 2

In this second volume of the Stoic Handbook cheat sheets, you can read the essential wisdom of chapters 5-10 of Epictetus' manual, and listen to companion audio reflections.
5 min read
May
10
Armour Yourself Against Mental Assault

Armour Yourself Against Mental Assault

Chapter 28/53: Why would we stop others from hurting us physically but allow them to do so emotionally?
2 min read
Mar
23
Nature Is Not Evil, It Just "Is"

Nature Is Not Evil, It Just "Is"

Chapter 27 / 53: In this lesson by Epictetus, reminds us of a common Stoic theme. We see that nature itself, as a whole, is neither good nor bad—we have the freedom to choose the meaning of reality in our response.
2 min read
Feb
17
"See Yourself as a Friend" Technique for Managing Distress

"See Yourself as a Friend" Technique for Managing Distress

Chapter 26 / 53: Epictetus recommended that when we are faced with setbacks, one of the best ways to ease the suffering is to imagine it happening to a friend.
3 min read