This website is dedicated to the study and practice of Stoicism.

A Brief Theory of Bad CharacterNew

Core Stoicism

PTypes 16 Neurotic Solutions

Karen Horney's Three Neurotic Solutions

Happiness is in Our Power

Main Interests of the Character Styles

Stoic Practice

Which Character Style Fits You Best?

Introduction to Character Styles

Viciousness ('Badness') by Character Style

Character Disorders

The Four Temperaments

Noteworthy Examples

Stoicism has an absolutely unique set of core beliefs which, according to Grant Sterling, are:

  • The only good is moral good, or virtue, and the only evil is moral evil, or vice.

  • Happiness is found exclusively in moral good, or virtue.

  • External things are neither good nor evil.

  • The only things in our control are inner events such as our beliefs, desires, and acts of will.

  • Emotions arise from false beliefs that externals have value.

Moral philosophy has the practical purpose of guiding people toward leading better lives. The aim is to live well, to secure for oneself eudaimonia ('happiness' or 'a flourishing life') (Keith Seddon, 2005, 9).

Our attaining the eudaimon ('happy') life requires that we judge things in the right way, for 'it is not events that trouble us, but our judgments of those events' (Epictetus, Handbook 5) (14).

The Three Disciplines establish activities in which the Stoic practitioner applies their Stoic principles; they are practical exercises "that when successfully followed are constitutive of the eudaimon ('happy') life which all rational beings are capable of attaining" (14).

There are three fields of study in which the man who is going to be good and excellent must first be trained. The first has to do with desires and aversions, that he may never fail to get what he desires, nor fall into what he avoids; the second with cases of choice and of refusal, and in general, with duty, that he may act in an orderly fashion, upon good reasons, and not carelessly; the third with avoidance of error and rashness in judgement, and, in general, about cases of assent (Epictetus, Discourses, 3.2.1-2, trans. W.A. Oldfather).

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