"Elliot Cohen. . . tells in simple, sensible, and practical language what you can do to use rational philosophy to help yourself. Well worth reading!" - Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Albert Ellis Institute
"Cohen . . . has put philosophy into the mainstream of life, especially for individuals who wish to live their lives to the fullest." - Samuel T. Gladding, Professor of Counseling, Wake Forest University
" . . . if handled properly, philosophical ideas can provide considerable insight into our lives. . . . Cohen is to be commended for his efforts to expand the applications in everyday life. Recommended. . . ." - Library Journal
Do you get upset easily, even about small things, or have trouble getting along with others? Do you feel down most of the time? Are you plagued by loneliness, grief, guilt, or a gnawing feeling of life's futility? Does fear, anxiety, or worry often overwhelm you? In this uplifting, user-friendly guide, philosopher Elliot D. Cohen offers an uncommonly commonsense approach to these and many other problems of living. Cohen, one of the principal founders of "philosophical counseling" in the United States, reveals how you can attain genuine insight into the common confusions of everyday life by harnessing your own native powers of reason.
"Early on in my work with clients," writes Cohen, "I became aware that the utility of philosophy for ordinary life was in the rigors of its rational, commonsense approach." Through engaging case studies drawn from his practice, and candid discussion of his own personal life ("stories of the road"), Cohen vividly illustrates how, by making unrealistic assumptions about life, you may be undermining your own personal and interpersonal happiness without even realizing it. Step by step, the author shows you how to use your native reason to expose, refute, correct, and overcome these sometimes dangerous, irrational assumptions hidden in your thinking.
This realistic, no-nonsense, and drug-free approach to "rational medicine," in the tradition of Aristotle, walks you through some of the most injurious and offending fallacies of life, and arms you with many commonsense prescriptions for attaining greater freedom and control over your life.
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Elliot D. Cohen (Fort Pierce, FL), Ph.D., Brown University, is chair of the Department of Humanities and professor of philosophy at Indian River Community College, editor of the International Journal of Applied Philosophy and the International Journal of Philosophical Practice, the director of the Institute of Critical Thinking, and the author or editor of nine books. He is also a founder and executive director of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy as well as an ethics consultant for several health care facilities.