From the Wiki Stoicism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaStoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions; the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker allows one to understand the universal reason (logos). A primary aspect of Stoicism involves improving the individualís ethical and moral well-being: "Virtue consists in a will which is in agreement with Nature." This principle also applies to the realm of interpersonal relationships; "to be free from anger, envy, and jealousy", and to accept even slaves as "equals of other men, because all alike are sons of God."
I've long believed that Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is just Stoicism reinvented for an age enthralled by science, or what the greatest number believe is science.
Not all CBTers believe so though:
What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Basicall I think that most therapy is about copeing with crisis, it could be situational and time limited or it could be a perpetual cycle which itself is a consequence of development, maturation, deficit, maladaptation, maladjustment or the 101 other definitions for being a square peg in the round hole of life.CBT is based on aspects of stoic philosophy.
Not all approaches to CBT emphasize stoicism. Rational Emotive
Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, and Rational Living
Therapy emphasize aspects of stoicism. Beck's Cognitive Therapy is not
based on stoicism.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not tell people how they should feel.
However, most people seeking therapy do not want to feel they way they have
been feeling. The approaches that emphasize stoicism teach the benefits of
feeling, at worst, calm when confronted with undesirable situations. They also
emphasize the fact that we have our undesirable situations whether we are
upset about them or not. If we are upset about our problems, we have two
problems -- the problem, and our upset about it. Most people want to have the
fewest number of problems possible. So when we learn how to more calmly
accept a personal problem, not only do we feel better, but we usually put
ourselves in a better position to make use of our intelligence, knowledge,
energy, and resources to resolve the problem.
As a result I really do think that CBT IS stoicism, its been modernised, perhaps theres more clues about why it works (besides the client-therapist relationship which I believe is to do with attachment and conscious or unconscious pursuit of development experiences which have been missed).
What do you think? Is this like some sort of coincidence or does mankind just revisit the same essential philosophies of life over and over again in new varieties?