Stoic Philosophy: A Positive Sense of Self

I talk about cultivating positive character traits, virtue, and a strong mindset in order to have a solid personal foundation and purpose in life.

Having a positive sense of self is something within our control which is built from a strong inner foundation of personal values, purpose, and applying virtue. We should take action and accountability to live a fulfilled life and grow our self-esteem. A strong, steadfast mindset is something we should strive for which will improve our quality of life and allow us to endure suffering so that we can maintain our character.

We can look for examples of what the good life looks like by carefully choosing good role-models and drawing upon wisdom from others while making sure to distance ourselves from negative people, bad habits, and not live to please others who are unpraiseworthy – bad influences upon us or people who really aren’t important in our lives. In order to improve, to progress, we need to be honest with ourselves recognizing and admitting our faults so that we can live better.

I explore the philosophical tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from the practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers. I tackle many topics including handling adversity, finding meaning in life, working toward contentment, dealing with change, anger, and gratitude.

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I will be hosting a free open-to-the-public Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of friendship on May 21, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA. More details are here.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.