The Yes Woman: What would Seneca and Socrates do?

Ditching the self-help books for the wisdom of these two philosophical giants will help you improve your life and ensure you win more family arguments

A bust of Seneca. According to the philosopher, how you feel is your own responsibility and nobody else’s. Photograph: Thinkstock

A bust of Seneca. According to the philosopher, how you feel is your own responsibility and nobody else’s. Photograph: Thinkstock

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This column has made quite an impact on my life. Although I haven’t undertaken anything world-altering, my own world has expanded. The purpose of the column was to take a person (me) – a trenchantly stubborn, introverted and unsociable malcontent – and force her out into the world. As a pessimist, I’ve been brimming with reluctance on the precipice of change.

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