Seneca: How To Deal With Frustrations?

First century philosopher Seneca spent a lot of time wondering about the frustrations he faced during his time. Unfortunately, most of those troubles still exist today, in one form or the other. But fortunately, we have Seneca’s lessons with us to guide us through turbulent times caused by frustrations.

Here are some of the major causes of frustrations and Seneca’s way of looking at them.

Anger: What makes us angry are dangerously optimistic notions what the world and other people are like. And what they should be like. Once we detach ourselves from such unrealistic ideas, we can work on our anger.

Shock: Remember, nothing is certain except uncertainty. Take what you have with gratitude and expect little.

Sense of Injustice: The world is not supposed to make sense to you or give you justice at each step of your life. The fact that we have been able to create a just society is a huge human accomplishment. And it’s surprising too. Never take it for granted.

Anxiety: Most people think reassurance can help cure anxiety. But mostly, it has the opposite effect. What is a good alternative is to see through the consequences and observe that they may not be as bad as we think them to be.

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