Seneca – How To Control Your Anger (Stoicism)


In this video we will be talking about The 10 ways to control or anger from the writings of Seneca. Seneca was a Roman statesman and stoic philosopher, who in his book De Ira, offers us tips to prevent and control anger within Stoic philosophy.

So here are 10 tips from Seneca to control your anger –
01. Recognize that anger is destructive
02. Recognize your anger triggers and learn to control them
03. Just wait
04. Use art and music to calm the mind
05. See yourself as an offender
06. Heal rather than punish
07. Choose your friends wisely
08. Don’t seek reasons to be angry
09. Use self-deprecating humor
10. Practice Self-reflection

Seneca was a prominent Roman philosopher and playwright who published several essential works about Stoicism. He counselled Emperor Nero, and thought that anger is a temporary madness, and that even when justified, we should never act on the basis of it because it affects our sanity. Seneca wrote a book specifically on anger called “De Ira” which defines and explains anger within the context of Stoic philosophy, and offers advice on how to prevent and control anger and that’s why in this video we are going to look at 10 ways we can control our anger from the teachings of Seneca.

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. Even though it is over 2000 years old, more and more people are discovering how Stoicism is not only relevant to modern times, but can be applied in very simple, yet strong ways.

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2 Responses to Seneca – How To Control Your Anger (Stoicism)

  1. Hello, don’t you think we have to embrace anger, to let it go? Not act on it, but if you see it as something bad that you shouldn’t be feeling, then you will further create imbalances inside yourself. What do you think?

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    • agogo22 says:

      I think there are no absolutes, and it depends on the context and source of the anger, as determined after a period of reflection (however brief or lengthy that may be).

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