The Spiral Path is devoted to personal improvement and developing a philosophy of life that will help you flourish. Here is a list of resources that might help along that journey.
Recommended Pages and Blogs
The Albert Ellis Institute. So much of the writing on ASpiralPath.com stems from my fascination and adherence to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. In graduate school, I was fortunate enough to be instructed by and work for Dr. Ray Digiuseppe. Ever since then I have been using REBT in my clinical work and recently have returned to formally study it. REBT was created by Albert Ellis, one of the most influential psychologists of all time. The Institute provides both training and psychotherapy. If you are in the NYC area check out their “Friday Night Live” clinical demonstrations.
Speaking of REBT, one of my unofficial mentors in this area has been Dr. Walter Matweychuk–a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively with Dr. Ellis and who is now in private practice in Philadelphia and heavily involved in training new psychologists. Check out his website, REBTDoctor.com. This site is a treasure trove of REBT material including lectures and videos.
Modern Stoicism is the blog that has a lot to do with the revival of Stoicism. Their efforts include Stoicon the largest gathering of stoics (maybe ever) as well as the annual self-improvement program, Stoic Week.
How to be a Stoic. I first became seriously interested in Stoicism when I attended a presentation by Massimo Pigliucci, a man with not one, but three doctorates. Massimo’s approach to Stoic philosophy is sophisticated and highly engaging. His blog is entitled, How to Be A Stoic.
21st Century Stoic By my estimate, the modern resurgence in Stoic Philosophy seems to have been kicked off with the publication of The Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine. In this book, Irvine, an academic explores the principles of Ancient Stoic philosophy and begins to apply them to himself with the goal of living a more tranquil life. Many modern Stoics cite this book as their entry point. Irving’s accompanying blog is 21st Century Stoic.
DrMiello.com is my professional website where I outline the types of treatments I offer and provide some useful resources for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.
Facebook groups are a great way of connecting with people who share your interest.
The Stoicism Facebook Group is a cosmopolis unto itself, boasting over 30,000 members at all levels of interest, from academic philosophers to actual beginners.
Applying Stoicism is another (smaller) stoic Facebook group. Here you will find fewer beginners, but more intermediate-level aspiring Stoics sharing what they have found useful.
The Stoic Creative. Scott Perry’s podcast the Stoic Creative is a program where he interviews some of the most influential people involved in the resurgence of Stoic Philosophy. Specifically, he focuses on the application of Stoicism to the challenges of being a creative. This intersection hits the sweet spot for me.