Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems Paperback – Aug 1 2000
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If one is to believe this New Age self-help book, the answers to most of life's problems can be found by applying lessons learned from the classic philosophers. Marinoff advocates "philosophical counseling" as an improvement over what he considers the psychiatric industry's tendency to medicate their patients for any mental malady, major or minor. By following his "PEACE" process (problem, emotion, analysis, contemplation, and equilibrium), we can deal rationally with matters of the heart, business, family discourse, even face our mortality. Each chapter is sprinkled with aphorisms from such revered philosophers as Sartre, Lao Tzu, Machiavelli, and, of course, Plato. The book includes a primer on some of history's most critical thinkers as well as a directory of organizations and practitioners of philosophical counseling. Would the world be better off if we took the time to analyze our problems as thoughtfully as Marinoff suggests? No doubt. Whether readers accept his theories is the bigger question. Ron Kaplan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Plato, Not Prozac! looks to become the bible of the 'philosophical counseling' movement." -- --Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine
"Philosophy [to Marinoff] is the Lava bar of intellect -- meant to be used every day, down to the nub." -- --San Francisco Examiner
Top Customer Reviews
The author has the courage to observe that psychiatry and its cousin sciences (psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis) ARE NOT SCIENCES. Any real scientist knows better. People who are strict disciples of psychology may object to this book simply because it observes psychology's failures to improve the human condition.
The book is a refreshing alternative to the usual "man is an animal" approach to helping human beings. I honestly haven't seen anything like this in a long time. Accolades for the book and its author.
I always thought that intelligent, truly educated, individuals naturally applied the great wisdom teachings to their daily lives. I mean, that is why we are here isn't it? We truly come to obtain wisdom through philosophy (the love of wisdom) by applying it in the struggle of earthly life. I didn't realize that this had come to be rare and exceptional in the modern world. There is even a name for it now- philosophical practice. What a marvelous concept- students of philosophy helping each other to apply the lessons of the perennial teachings in their daily lives. Of course you can do it alone, as I did, but the author points out that it is nice to have a knowledgeable second party to make sure that you didn't miss something- and that you are truly applying reason and not rationalization.
The use of case studies for specific problem areas is quite informative: seeking a relationship, maintaining a relationship, ending a relationship, family life and strife, work, midlife crisis, the reason for morals and ethics, finding meaning and purpose, and gaining from loss.
The way that individual philosophers and their ideas are introduced is quite well done (theme, refrain, greatest hits, and a thumbnail abstract of their core ideas.) The basics of their systems are outlined nicely, which helps in deciding which to pursue later. I was amazed that so many of the great thinkers that that I had painstakingly discovered over the years were included.
If you would like to delve a little deeper into the various philosophers without tackling the source works I recommend _Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers_ by S.E. Frost.
Most recent customer reviews
The idea that philosophy is useful and underutilized in our culture is certainly true enough. The concept that some people who philosophy might be able to help may need someone... Read morePublished on March 15 2002 by James Yanni
As a long time Prozac user hoping to find another way, I read this book. There were many insightful quotations from famous philosophers. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2002 by Larry Kaplan
Plato was forever the opponent of what he called the "fantasy" of the application of his philosophy to the "mundane" metaphysical world. Read morePublished on July 9 2001
Lou Marinoff's excellent book offers the readers some ways and means of applying philosophical knowledge to everyday life. Read morePublished on April 27 2001 by Luis Gallo
When I first began reading this book, I was extremely excited and I already began to think out an enthusiastic endorsement and planned to spread the word to friends and... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2000
What a neat concept: using the Great Philosophers to resolve today's ills. She cites examples from Plato to Taoism to help address problems with marriages and self esteem. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by William J.
is difficult to adhere to in a hasty, brutish culture like our own. Personally, this book was just what I needed, b/c discipline is a virtue that I am slowly but surely developing. Read morePublished on July 17 2000 by Christi S.
The author complains that people "waste" too much money on psychotherapy and anti-depressants. Read morePublished on June 28 2000 by Christopher M. Adams