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After surviving a terrible accident that sent me to the ER
and in which accident I went in a coma, lost 50% of my already
weak eyesight and what was left of my good sense, I started
reading Oliver Sacks' books, Norman Doidge, and your book
Platon, pas Prozac ! A French philosopher named Michel Onfray
has a similar thought about philosophy as a mean to treat
a lot of so called syndromes. Mathieu Ricard's essais on Buddhism
adds a balm on my anguish, the type you adressed in Platon,
pas Prozac !
Thank you for your tremendous energy in so many fields and
De la Beauce au Québec
I'm reading with great pleasure your book "Platone e'
meglio del Prozac"
in the italian translation.. I love philosophy and I Think
this book is really interesting and helpful ,
everyone can find what he needs..
Thanks for share these beautiful ideas and thoughts !
Dear Mr. Marinoff
I am currently reading "The Middle Way" but read
both "The Big Questions" and "Plato, not Prozac"
about 6 years ago when going through my divorce. Both books
belonged to my wife who was then leaving me and our two kids.
Throughout the books, which she had already read, I found
small notes on bits of paper with all the parts that had obviously
meant something more to her. I was afforded thus an insight
to her thinking and potential decision making process prior
to our separation.
I read both books which helped me very much with my then
situation. I also found a way through my difficulties with
What I have since found always amusing and thought provoking
is that two people may read the same book, receive the same
"wisdom" yet proceed to make completely "opposing"
decisions and still feel justified.
I have since become great friends with my ex, and we continue
to have a warm and loving relationship which of course has
benefited our children , and us, greatly.
Reading your books, and others, played a part in this...
I continued to read a lot more philosophy too. I am half
Greek too which may or may not have something to do with it...
Thank you very much.
Dear Professor Marinoff
I just want to say a sincere belated thank you for inspirational
talk you gave a few weeks ago at Taplow Court. I have been
chanting for 28 years and this was one of the best events
I have ever been to with SGI. I especially love the way that
your message gives such hope to young people.
I have mentioned / promoted you on my latest blog post:
May you continue to be a 'midwife attending to the birth'
of ever more wisdom.
very best wishes
Writer, Life Coach, Trainer
Now I'm reading El Poder del Tao, you can't imagine how this
book is changing my life...
Thank you so much !!!
Dear Professor Marinoff
Thanks so much for highlighting the work of
Anne Akiko Meyers during your lecture at SGI UK Taplow Court
last Sunday. I dashed to Amazon and ordered it. I'm listening
to it now and am transported to a beautiful dimension.
By the way, I love the Inner Philosopher too!
Thank you so very much for the lecture in
Chicago! Hope you can return many times to Chicago to share
with us your thoughts and journey in life !
Brian A. Hayes
I picked up a copy of your new book (The
Middle Way) at the Florida Nature and Culture Center,
which is an SGI facility here in Broward county Florida.
I don’t know if you've read it but about
3 years ago I by happenstance (synchronicity) picked up and
read 5 times, a book by Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science
I recommend it highly. I am looking forward
to reading your new book as many times and gleaning every
bit of wisdom I can from it … thank you!
What a great read! I was unable
to put this book down because Lou Marinoff takes us through
history and weaves a compelling plan of action to the dilemmas
of today's world. Instead of leaving us with more questions
than answers which seems to be the way of the "new age"
self help 12 step plan, he actually presents the history in
a clear concise manner and then applies these truths to the
way for each of us without any prejudice or religious zeal.
Growing up a rebellious christian and then seeking the Yoga
way I eventually ended up in Indian ashrams, only to find
myself back into the throws of what's "allowed"
and "not-allowed". His grasp of the "Middle
Way" was such a revelation. One which I had obviously
contemplated, but never managed to even understand the necessity
to attain, let alone to make a goal.
The book allows us to look at the "Global Village"
determining its value and the eroding of national characteristics
and then uniquely applies this same knowledge, which we have
been gleefully nodding our heads, to our very own lives mirroring
what was so obvious about others problems, to our extremism's.
In his quite diplomatic way we are left having to face our
own lives and compelled to look at them through his "middle
Happiness, that elusive goal seems so easily reachable with
a few moderate changes... and the nature of our suffering
so unseemingly simple to shed. Thank you Sir, what a Great
Zimbabwe, currently residing in India
I always felt lost in my life … From
the moment I was born to the present I’ve been searching
something but I could not put my finger on it. I wasn’t
sure about WHAT exactly I was looking for. Then, philosophy
came into my life. I was 16 then and that was the first turning
point of my life.
Now I’m 30 and I found your books. This
is my second life turning point. Now I now there’s nothing
concrete I’m looking for, it is the right path that
I’m constantly revising in my mind. Now I know I will
never stop searching, but finally I know why.
Thanks for your guidance.
I just achieved of reading your book “El
poder del Tao” and it has been a very nice experience
that has permit me “confirm” my ideas and intuitions
about Tao philosophy. I have a blog from some years ago named
medio dorado” that
means “The golden middle” and I have just write
a post ”Esencias del Tao para tiempos convulsos”
based in especial phrases I have found in your fantastic book.
I think that ideas of this blog have very
close connections with your thinking and I wait (I you have
time to read it) that you enjoy it.
Best regards from Barcelona, Spain (eating
very good tapas).
As I jumped into my car and turned on the radio, I knew the
voice I heard was familiar, but could not quite put my finger
on it. It is funny how time can slip by while we are busy
living. It may have been 25 years ago now, but it only took
a few minutes for me to realize the voice I was listening
to on Tapestry was my old physics tutor, Louis Marinoff. I
can't help but wonder if my inexplicable inability to grasp
basic physics and chemistry had driven you to find solace
in philosophical refuge. Many thanks for the tireless efforts
so many years ago - they were not lost. I will see if your
book is available online for my kindle; no English bookstores
on the Gaspe... some things never change and doubtless never
Best Regards from the Hayes family at PineCrest in Shigawake,
and more particularly, from
Dear Prof. Marinoff:
I have recently finished the
reading (in Spanish) of "El ABC de la Felicidad"
("The Middle Way") and, honestly, I have not the
English vocabulary for fully expressing my impression. The
book is, plainly, extraordinary.
Previously, I have read "Más Platón, Menos
Prozac" and I found excellent both in its ideas and its
Unfortunately, I am not a philosopher but a modest Journalist
and Educator, devoted to write editorial articles and columns
in LA PRENSA, the leading newspaper in Honduras, and socioplitical
comments in Campus TV, a channel owned by the University of
San Pedro Sula, my hometown.
I share the core of your thoughts and I intend to write on
your job and speak to friends of mine who work in the Philosophy
Departments of several colleges which operate in San Pedro
In the meantime, would you please consider to give "The
Middle Way" to an editorial house in order to comprise
the fundamental of its content in, say, some 250 or 300 pages?
I am sure that thousands of readers, in Latin America or wherever,
would receive it with enthusiasm and support.
Please, forgive my poor English. It is all made in Honduras.
Columnista, LA PRENSA
Comentarista TV Campus
Profesor, Escuela de Comunicación,
Universidad de San Pedro Sula
The reading of your book, “The middle
way” –spanish version “El término
medio”-, has been an amazing journey. It takes me several
months to read it, because it´s so deep that I needed
to stop and think about it along the way. I´m a lawyer,
musician, and a father from Buenos Aires, and I can´t
thank you enough for helping me to understand the source of
many of the problems of the world, and for making me feel
that every one of us can make a difference in our global community.
I´m trying to follow "the middle way" every
step of the way. Your book is a must read, congratulations
and keep at the good work!
Dear Dr. Marinoff,
Your book Plato, Not Prozac was an
inspiration. I have used it with many of my clients. I also
developed a Succeeding at Life Journal which uses
your process and develops it into a method of solving problems.
I have seen this really help people think about and find answers
to personal problems effectively and gain inner peace about
I am planning to read some of your other books
as well. Thank you for inspiring me to write.
Dr. Norman R. Wise
Dear Mr. Lou Marinoff,
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for
your book "The Middleway"
, as I read in the portuguese version "O Caminho do Meio".
My daughter Maria Isabel gave it to me on
my birthday, as the title
faced with many of our conversations and thoughts.
The book gave me more, much more I ever expected:
comprehension of culture, religion, politics , a surprising
Aristoteles, Buda and Confucio, a proposition of dialogs and
of love for mankind.
I'm a 57 years old brazilian civil engineering
and musician, living
between Rio de Janeiro and Buzios (a paradise place), in Brazil.
Thank you for your herculean work!
I learned a lot and changed my globalisation
George Frederico Clark
la presente soltanto per farLe i miei complimenti.
Ho letto tutti i Suoi libri e... attendo di comprare il prossimo.
Scusi per la lingua, ma l'inglese non è il mio forte.
Avv. Stefano Italiano
Dear Professor Marinoff:
I’ve been reading your book, The Middle Way, which
I came across by chance. As a philosophically-inclined (former)
therapist myself, I remember hearing some years ago - with
a mix of relief, vindication, and wry amusement - of your
work as a philosophical counselor. There’s so much I’d
like to say after reading The Middle Way, but will limit myself
to this: thank you, thank you, thank you!
Well, I will add one thing more. This bit about the Mandelbrot
Set as a fractal Buddha is brilliant and right on the money!
HOLA: ME LLAMO GILDA SALINAS AVILA, SOY DE TORREÓN,
COAHUILA, MEXICO, QUIERO DARTE UN COMENTARIO RESPECTO A TU
LIBRO "MÁS PLATON Y MENOS PROZAC", LO MALO
ES QUE NO SE HABLAR EN INGLES Y ES POR ELLO QUE TE LO HAGO
Tu libro es maravilloso, me dió muchas fuerzas para
seguir por este camino de la vida, yo siempre creí
que esta vida era pesada y triste, pero desde que leí
tu libro mi concepto sobre la vida cambió totalmente,
lo leí justamente un mes antes de que mi marido perdiera
su empleo, parecía que me había llegado en los
momentos más díficiles.
GRACIAS POR ESCRIBIR LIBROS COMO ESTOS, ESCRIBE OTRO PRONTO
GRACIAS, POR AYUDAR A UNA MUJER A ENCONTRAR SU SIGNIFICADO
EN ESTA VIDA Y SABER QUE CUANDO ESTOY CONTENTA, ESA ALEGRÍA
SE LA CONTAGIO A LOS DEMÁS.
GRACIAS, MUCHAS GRACIAS POR SER UN GRAN SER HUMANO.
CON CARIÑO Y RESPETO.
GILDA SALINAS AVILA
Buenas noches: quiero expresarle mi saludo de
gratitud y reconocimiento por las enseñanzas del libro
MAS PLATON MENOS PROZAC realmente es un excelente libro para
que esta vida sea mas vida.
Espero que venga a COLOMBIA
Bernardino Bohórquez Díaz
Bogotá DC - Colombia
José Juan Serrano
Buenas, me llamo José Juan Serrano y le mando este
mensaje por motivo de agradecimiento.
Agradecimiento a usted y a mi profesora de 1 de bachiller
por hacer que lea su libro "Mas Platon menos Prozac"
por que en unas semanas empezare a cursar el Grado de filosofía
en la universidad de Zaragoza.Su libro me enseño nuevas
formas de ver la filosofía y ha marcado mi vida de
tal forma que se ha convertido en vocación.
Es todo un ejemplo para mi Sr. Lou Marinoff,
sin entretenerle mas le envío un grato saludo.
Dear dr. Marinoff
ho letto dapprima il suo libro 'Platone e' meglio del Prozac'
e quindi i due successivi. Il mio primo pensiero e' stato:
'la filosofia dovrebbe essere portata cosi' agli studenti'.
Ho pensato ai tempi del liceo ed a quanto mi sembrava inutile
Poi ho pensato: va bene anche cosi', meglio tardi che mai
(ho 52 anni). In un periodo problematico della mia vita ho
tovato nei suoi libri un eccellente aiuto.
Non trovo affatto nel mio caso che siano alternativi alla
psicanalisi o alla psicoterapia ma anzi siano complementari
e spesso possano essere sinergici.
Sicuramente lei dimostra che la fisosofia non e' cosa da
filosofi ma chiunque puo' trarne
grandi vantaggi ed anzi una persona 'normale' puo' averne
un beneficio secondo me, in proporzione, ancora maggiore.
Il suo secondo 'le pillole di aristotele' e' stato per me
una specie di compagno per tutto il tempo della lettura. E
quando ho finito di leggerlo me ne sono un po' dispiaciuto..
Sento in chiusura di questa lettera il desiderio di ringraziarla
di cuore per le opportunità
che queste letture mi stanno dando. Mi rammarico di non possedere
un inglese sufficiente e pertanto le scrivo nella mia lingua.
Se ritiene di pubblicare e/o tradurre quanto scrivo per me
va bene. Di nuovo grazie di cuore.
I just want to thank you so much for writing
"The Big Questions".
It is the most useful book I have ever read! Thank you!!!
I just wanted to extend my appreciation for having met with
you, and let you know how much I enjoyed your book Plato Not
Prozac! I don't believe you left anything out. Words can't
really express the admiration I have for your ability to educate
others, through this book, to perceive life and empower themselves
through philosophical thinking. I believe you will help so
many people to live on the planet in a healthier and happier
With sincere gratitude,
Peace and Love,
Dear Mr. Marinoff,
I really enjoyed your book, The middle way.
As you pointed out " imagination is one the best gift
the universe has given us". I am a novelist and I do
have to make use of that power to create.
By the way, there is an interesting philosopher
in Spain , Jose Antonio Marina, author of Theory of creative
Keep up the good work,
Ignasi Corella Sole
Dear Mr. Marinoff,
I usually put a mark in the pages that I find
interesting of the book I'm reading, but I have a problem
with your "The big questions" because I have to
put a mark in almost all the pages, no kidding.
Thanks a lot for this book,
Sr.Morinoff: Mi nombre es Federico Facio y
vivo en Rosario ,Argentina. Y esta es la historia de como
descubri su libro. Con mis amigos siempre hablabamos de que
mantenerse o defender un extremo es fácil , es menos
cambiante, mas dogmatico uno sabe que decir y lo mas difícil
es mantenerse en el centro, siempre discutimos esto ya que
somos licenciados en economía por lo que siempre estamos
tentados por los extremos.
Un dia estaba en una libreria de mi ciudad mirando y tropecé
con su libro...El termino medio , no lo podia creer, decía
tantas cosas que habia pensado en en aire y agregaba muchas
otras de las que no tenia idea. Desde ese momento uso su enfoque
para encarar discusiones, o al analizar cuestiones que tienen
que ver con mi vida cotidiana y laboral. En un país
como el mio tan propenso a extremismos y exitismos su vision
es revolucionaria. Por eso mismo soy un entusiasta promovedor
del término medio. Esperemos verle pronto por mi país.
Y muchas gracias porque gracias a usted me acerque a la filosofía.
Dear Mr. Marinoff,
My name is Valerie, and I'm a 15 year old girl from Michigan.
I was recently in Borders looking through the philosophy section.
I had never read any sort of philosophy, but a friend of mine
told me that I would probably like to. So I decided to buy
your book, "Therapy for the Sane: How Philosophy Can
Change your Life". I had been going through deep depression
at that time. As I read the back of the book, I was thinking,
"Oh I doubt this will help me." But I gave it a
chance anyway. After reading the first few chapters I was
completely changed. I couldn't believe how amazing the writing
was. After finishing the book, I have quit going to my therapist,
and I've been happy for the past three months. Your book has
given me the tools to get out of my depression. Now I'm reading
"The History of Western Philosophy" By Bertrand
Russell. I just started it today. I've always wanted to pursue
a career in psychology. But now I'm starting to think that
maybe I'd like to go into philosophical counseling instead.
I am typing this email to you because I want to thank you
very much for writing this book. It has truely changed my
life, when I thought nothing would work. I can't express to
you my gratitude. I will never forget your book and the way
it has changed me. Thank you so much. I've already recommended
it, and lent it out to several friends. It's a GREAT book.
Thank you again,
Dear Professor Marinoff,
I am currently delving in your "Therapy
for the sane" publication after reading "Plato instead
of Prozac". Never was I a fan of self-help books, and
even thought by the phrasing of their title, both of those
you have authored seemed to be so, I acquired regardless of
my resentment. and was glad to be happily surprised that they
do not abide to the common formula, and also provide such
profound content that it matters not even if there were.
I'd be happy to discuss some of my insights
the were inspired by your writing, but I am refraining myself
so to not take too much of your time. But I will stress the
compliment any creator desires to receive and acknowledge
to be true - your words influenced me and supplied me with
a great deal of spiritual guidance that I have not found anywhere
else, despite my many attempt to induce such revelations.
I thank you.
Estudio Mara y Fernando
Me llamo Fernando Martínez,
soy abogado y vivo en Cañuelas, Provincia de Buenos
Aires, Argentina, desde que leí "Mas Platon y
menos prozac" sigo esta idea que tan brillantemente planteara
Lou. En el futuro muchos más de los que se cree van
a tener que tomar esta idea como un verdadero proyecto de
vida, asumiendo que de lo contrario es muy poca la posibilidad
de lograr algunos momentos de felicidad.
Adelante con esta noble prédica!!!
aparecida ramaldes silva
sou uma leitora brasileira,
e venho parabeniza-lo pelo seu livro:
pergunte a Platao,
gostei dos aconselhamentos nele contido!
I'd like to say
thanks for your books.
I am an Italian reader of yours, Mr. Marinoff, I am 34 and
I am always in
trouble with the matters of life. I am very happy to have
found you. Maybe I
will now finally have a chance to make order in my often scrambled
My best regards,
Hola, me llamo Rafael Alday, tengo 17 años y voy a
estudiar filosofía en la Universidad Complutense de
Madrid. Te escribo para decirte que si algún dia consiguiera
trabajar de asesor filosófico seria algo completamente
genial. Me encanta ese trabajo porque no cualquier persona
puede trabajar en ello. Has de tener tus ideas muy claras,
cosa que todavia no he logrado, y tienes que saber comprender
a las demas personas que tienen algun problema y saber con
que tipo de filofía de toda la humanidad le ayudaras
mejor. Eres mi modelo a seguir y me has enseñado más
en un libro que en años de instituto. Tengo la esperanza
de algun día ser yo quien reciba estos e-mails y saber
comprender todo este extraño mundo tan bien como pareces
Mi saludo, hacia uno de los grandes autores
de esta epoca, la lectura de varias obras de usted, como The
Big Questions, o anteriormente Plato Not Prozac!, dan una
perspectiva impresionante, una gran esperanza de "Busqueda
de verdad y equlibrio", la capacidad de tener el control
por dentro, y que eso genère el hecho de decír
"No Medicamentos Farmaceuticos, Si medicamentos mentales",
como una conclusion muy fuerte. Una relacion muy compleja
entre grandes dichos de grandes autores, con una habilidad
impresionante de demostrar que la filosofia interna puede
mas que lo otro. Tengo tan solo 16 años y me siento
afortunado de conocer y haber leído obras impresionantes
de un autor impresionante.
Felicitaciones de mi parte hacia usted.
Alejandro Demarco - Santiago Del Estero -
I have finished reading "The Big Questions"
May I applaud you.
When I stumbled upon this book ( in a bargain sale box')
I had some reservations as to the ease of reading and comprehension.
What a joy!, as well as the 'philosophical exercises.
Stiring and deep
I have promised my sister in law I will pass the book on BUT
not yet as would like to read it again!!.
Will be hunting out your other book, "Plato, not Prozac,'
with a keen eye
Best wishes and thanks again
A semi bound MS sufferer who's medically retired from a career
as a Psychiatric Nurse Manager and STILL only 40yrs old!
I am Blessed with a fabulous husband
Dr. Mr. Marinoff,
I am in the middle of reading your book "Plato
not Prozac" and I'd like to congratulate you as well
as thank you for offering us this easy to read philosophical
text. Philosophy has always been an interesting yet difficult
topic for me to comprehend, but your book opens up the doors
to analysis and meditation without the burden of looking up
words or characters in the encyclopedia, re-reading the same
phrase over and over again, or battling "confusion"
with a gallon of coffee!
I have read "The Dialogues of Plato"
a couple of times, as well as a few books on Christian Metaphysics,
and "Living Time and the Integration of the Life"
by Maurice Nicoll, and I am currently applying some of the
metaphysical concepts, along with your PEACE process to my
life situations, and I feel an incredible progress in the
discovery of my inner self.
Thanks again, merci mille fois!
Dr. Marinoff, hope you're having a great
I understand you have purchased a Labelle 5380--congratulations!
I currently own two and they are the best. We have founded
the New York City Table Hockey Association and have made you
our "Honorary Commissioner"
I am a big fan of your essays, including the masterpiece "Chess
at 700 MPH." We admire your record as a professional
and an ambassador of the sport of table hockey and would like
to invite you to join us for our "Original Six Classic"
tournament on September 9th and the start of the NYCTHA Classic
League on October 14th here in New York City. We would be
honored by your attendance to one or both of these events.
Details on the tournament and the Classic League can be found
at the website.
Keep up the great work and we hope to meet you one day!
New York City Table Hockey Association
Mónica Sanchez Distasio
soy argentina, y a lectura de
su libro Mas Platon y Menos Prozac, abrió una perspectiva
en la forma de enfocar los males a que nos somete el mundo
moderno. Soy de la generacion de los llamados baby boomers,
o sea nacida en el año 1945 y nuestros continuos despertares
a momentos claves de la historia de la humanidad, desde los
antibióticos al ordenador, desde la creación
de la Onu hasta la guerra de Irak, o sea desde el infierno
hasta el paraíso, desde la caverna hasta iPod nano,
TODO nos ha avasallado, conmovido y transformado, y hemos
querido sobrevivir a todo eso, adaptarnos y seguir siendo
nosotros. Prozac llegó a ser la alternativa Su libro
trae aire fresco, nos lleva a la reflexion constante a la
búsqueda del equilibrio en nosotros mismos. gracias
leticia moreira martins
Estou lendo um dos seu livros Mas platao menos prozac,
e estou gostando muito , li as criticas , mas todo mundo gosta
de criticar ...
Sou sua nova admiradora
Moro no Brasil
I write this e-mail to send you my congratulations,
for your Practical Philosophy
Book, "Plato, not Prozac" , I saw you in an interview,
in the T.V.program
named. "La belleza del pensar", with the Chilean
Journalist. Christian Warnken,
Was a great interview, I learnt much more about the Philosophy
and its practical
I would like that in Chile would exist Philosophics
Coffe, to talk about
differents themes and to put in practice the indications and
that the book says. In this case EE.UU and Europe get a big
relation with South American Countries. Is current to go at
the Doctor to
resolve problems about: Stress, living together and so on.
and how consecuence
of those give for the patient, different exams, prescriptions,
Thanks so much for your book and yours suggestions.
Sincerely. Mauricio Rodríguez
I find it good, that your book brings the messege of Philosophie
into many peoples life. It is a pitty, that the book stays
stuck in the "Anti Psychologie" Position. I had
expected more (how about Plato and Prozac?). Nevertheless
I will keep many Idees in mind, when I work with people as
Silvia Canovas Bueno
To Lou Marinoff:
I have always been interested in philosophy
as it is said to be the science
of man. I am reading The Big questions and it is helping me
so much since I
am learning to better putting philosophy into practise. Philosophy
change my life, and I know it, partly, thanks to you.
Thank you for this work and for others like
this one, I am sure you will
help a lot of people.
I am from New Orleans and am dealing with the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina like everyone else here. The reason for
this email is that I want to tell you that I reread the chapter
"Must we suffer" in your book Therapy for the Sane
especially the part of need vs want.
Many everyday things from late night grocery stores to quick
service at restaurants to reliable street lights I took for
granted and in some ways felt that they were needs. Before
the storm, I started to question whether or not all these
luxuries were beneficial for our society or if they were even
bad ideas in the long run. I am an obsesive compulsive person
by nature so all these options available to me actually made
me more anxious.
What I believe now is that these types of things were beneficial
as long as they are used in moderation (Aristotle) and that
they often kept me binded because I thought they were necessary.
(Buddhism) I also realize that we can't appreciate luxuries
that are too common. The old, "don't know what u got
till it's gone." belief. So I guess, I will be a stronger
& better person out of this. (Nietzsche) I feel more depressed
alot of times than I did before the storm, but I don't have
that crippaling anxiety much anymore. Plus the depressing
moments are fewer and fewer as we recover and time goes on.
Now I say all this as someone who didn't lose everything,
who didn't have to live in a shelter, and who has a future
clear to them. Perhaps if I had been one of those unfortunates
that people saw standing on their roof tops I wouldn't feel
this way. i don't know. But I did want to let you know that
that chapter put some pieces together for me.
Alvaro Awad Sirhan
Sr. Lou Marinoff:
Hace un par de días lo vi en el programa
televisión "La belleza de pensar", y aprendí
escuchándolo. Sólo quería agradecerle
con este mensaje por
ser tan buen comunicador y por su filosofía, que a
parecer es la necesaria para que este mundo pueda ser
disfrutado por un mayor número de personas. Espero
día poder leer sus libros.
Muchas gracias por su gran aporte, me despido desde
Santiago de Chile. Alvaro Awad S.
L. Jill Costello
I am currently reading "Plato Not Prozac!"
and finding myself underlining so much!
I am completing my Masters in Counseling. During the course
of my studies outside of the classroom, I have taken a great
interest in philosophy. Your book has finally put into words
what my perspective has become.
I found myself growing weary of the "old
school" psych professors and their "DSM-IV / broadbrush"
ideas. As you write, people are so much more than that! I
embrace Jung's concept of individualism.... how even if two
people have the same diagnosis, their paths are entirely different
and therefore can not be so genericly perceived.
Thank you for your book. I am recommending
it to my classmates who during our out-of-class conversations
also recognized there had to be more than the textbook way
of working with others. As fascinated as I am with psychology,
the whold DSM-IV concept is rather discerning when one thinks
Continued success and I look forward to reading
more of your work.
had the pleasure of meeting your thoughts on chilean cable-TV
("La Belleza de pensar"). To be truthful, i can't
stand philosophers, but listening to you has made me realize
that no man is just alike another one... Since then, I haven`t
been able to stop telling everyone (i care about, of course)
about the budhist and his cup of tea. It made me think that
in every culture people who think are the ones who can make
this world a little better! (In Chile we have a catholic saint:
Sor Teresita de Los Andes... She had a very similar phrase:
"everyday is a gift!, and I'm going to take advantage
I also enjoyed very much your annalyssis on Eastern culture.
Thanks for giving back philosophy to the streets!
Marisol Olivares Becerra.
3rd year, law school
Dear Mr. Marinoff,
Thanks for your beautifull book,Plato,not
Prozac,which I just read,completely unaware that there are
philosophers counseling. I am also glad that it got translated
to Croatian language as by now many of my friends got it.
I hope that your new book will also get translated but until
than (will chek ist it by now ) I will get it on english.
I am big , big fan of philosophy ( and C.G. Jung ), although
never got hold of any book of Chinese Philosophers. Will try.
Thanks once again.
I came across your wonderful book Plato not
prozac whilst surveying the
public library for something interesting to read. Thanks for
writing such a wonderful inspiring book & also helping
us view life more positively. I am in the process of deciding
a career change and this book has only given me valuable knowledge
and an outlook that will enhance my confidence and self belief,
once again thanks.
Mi nombre es Mariano Ruperthuz y soy psicólogo, vivo
en Santiago de Chile y hoy vi tu entrevista en el programa
"La Bellesa del Pensar" con Cristian Warnken y quiero
decirte que tus ideas me parecen un gran aporte a nuestra
manera de ver las cosas. No enfermar a nuestros pacientes
inecesariamente y tratar de buscar una salida que los potencie.
Un abrazo fuerte y felicitaciones, muchas gracias, atentamente,
Mariano Ruperthuz H.
Dear Dr. Marinoff:
Your book (Plato, not prozac) was my friend in a
long trip to Buenos Aires. I read it without a pause, because
it was... so
interesting. I found a solve, an answer, a way in the life...
But I gave someone the book... I can't go back to
it... I understood the PEACE theme, but... which is the desicion's
after the moment of "analyze" the question?
I'm studing English, but in 3º year, sorry but I
can't writte well.
Thank you for teach us that having a problem isn't
be insane... I'm in a search of answers (no prozac, no psiquiatric...)
religion, yoga, philosophic reading , and waiting for "Preguntale
Platon". Thank you for give back to common people (like
me) the power over
their own lifes.
Maria Cristina Cisneros
Just finished reading the Hebrew edition
and going to reread it.
I must say that first of all the book enlightend my knowlodge
philosofers and theories , a matter that was difficult for
me to understand along
Becoming 52 this year, reading ,studing and having academic
titles along the years
still have put a barrier in front of me until reading this
As for the practical side of it, I find myself acting by the
theories now and in the past.
Not only helpful is the advice, moreover I almost feel that
i myself with no formal education in this area can help others
by talking and helping them to underastand.
Along the years trying to help family members and friends
my "moto" is not to advice.
The main reason for that is that peple in almost any age should
take responsibility of their own descions and actions.So what
i try to do, is to help looking at the facts from an "objective
" point of view, then analyning and let "him"
to decide what is best to do. I have done a lot along the
years. From army service,thru jounalism to aviation and Hi
tech. These days changing direction again with no fear, going
to help people by masage and Holistic treatments , this book
is more than a great help.
Thank you sir for the simple expalnation
to complicated matters.
Laura Verdugo del Rey
My name is Laura. I'm a classical guitarrist
from Spain, I'm very surprice because you are also a guitarrist!!
this is great! I read your book "the big questions"
and is wonderfull, this book chanched my mind, is very interesting.
I'm glod because you are a very good guitarrist.... why this
instrument? are you continium giving concerts?
I wiss you all the best...
Peter M. Pettit
Hi Prof. Marinoff!
I was looking over your experience profile,
and I noticed that you supply taught at BPS in 1990-1991.
I attended BPS from 1990-1993, on the English side. How did
you end up on the Gaspé Coast. I'm trying to recall
if you ever supplied for my class!
I watched your table hockey movie a couple
of days ago and I could not believe my eyes. My very favourite
past time (TABLE HOCKEY) was being legitimized and discussed
openly for the world to hear. I watched very intently absorbing
as much information as I could, but it ended far to soon.
I would like see the complete film. please
let me know how to find it. I live in British Columbia Canada.
I agree with you I definetly like the Coleco game much better
than the Stiga game.
I am also interested in polishing my table
hockey skills if you have any information to relate to me
I would be very thankful.
paola buoso md., from Italy
the Athen's school is one of my Raffaello favourite , in the
Stanza della Signatura in the Vatican galleries.The curly
red Aristotile and Plato ,pointing to the world of ideas,
sign the close junction between philosophy and medicine.I
suggest Plato better than Prozac to my patients , you are
very smart.I enyojed the book a lot, a nice challenge to study
again and better a little bit of philosophy, after cross country
ski.. I am in New York in these days,I'll try to contact you
,I would like to have signed my book.Or maybe you come to
Venice sometimes.Remember, the Saint Mark lion has a book
under his paw...Thanks for everything Paola
Profesor Lou: Ante todo, espero se encuentre
bien. Asimismo, me imagino tendrá traductores que le
faciliten la comprensión de las siguientes palabras:
Primeramente debo señalarle mi admiración por
dedicarse al estudio de la Filosofía convirtiéndola
o haciéndola más práctica, llevándola
a solventar problemas que la vida diaria nos presenta. Comparto
con Ud. esa pasión por la Filosofía, de hecho
actualmante estoy realizando mi trabajo de tesis de Grado
de Filosofía aquí en Caracas Venezuela; al culminar
el mismo, pretendo irme a otro país a estudiar el postgrado.
Sin embargo, lo que quisiera es ver si me puede orientar en
cuanto a la escogencia del mismo, ya que indudablemente deseo
continuar con la Filosofía pero añadiéndole
cierto carácter práctico que me permita trabajar
de manera provechosa ayudando a las demás personas.
I've just finished reading your new Book "The big questions"(in
spanish "Preguntale a Platón"), I think it
is excellent, and now I'll start reading "Plato not Prozac".
Thank you for making philosophy more accessible to all the
You're quite welcome in Mexico; thank you very much for your
No tengo el placer de conocerte y tampoco se si sabes español,solo
comentarte que lei tu libro hace apenas 8 meses,en circunstancias
muy especiales dentro de mi vida y decirte que consegui darme
cuenta de ciertas cosas en las que nunca antes habia pensado.
I am 27 years old and i live in thessaloniki, Greece. I have
been study for 4 years in aristotelio university of Thessaloniki
(my english is not very well) at department of Philosophy.
I have a degree at Phylosophy study. I have red your book
"Plato not Prozak" and i was very happy because
i found Practical way for my study. Gongratulations for your
book dear Lou. I really want to tell me where i can find in
my country Philosofical practitioners who can help me to develop
that method in my country. I really want it because i studied
it! Also i should know if you can send in my mail a list of
books in Philosophical practice. I believe that all that wisdom
can help people to live better and feel happy with their lives.
I LOVE THIS PAGE. KEEP IT UP.
Gent.mo prof. Marinoff,
purtroppo non conosco l'inglese, ma sento la necessità
di scriverle poche righe. Sono un sacerdote e mi interesso
di Relazione di aiuto. pochi giorni fa ho letto un articolo
su di Lei sulla rivista FOCUS e mi ha affiscinato la teoria
della consulenza filosofica. Ho ordinato il suo libro per
poter approfondire questo argomento, nella speranza che mi
possa essere di aiuto. Le auguro una bellissima giornata
Your site is nice!
I"m a table hockey player too.
It's great to see other passionnate player.
We have a good league here in Sherbrooke since 1983.
I look forward to meet you in Québec at the Québec
open IV. (I'm the defending champion).
E-Mail: j_wendelken at yahoo.com
Hi. I was wondering who the woman philosopher
is on the far right hand edge of your book "I woke up
and I wasn't on Prozac anymore, I like plates!" Thanks!
My name is Rodolfo Alarcón and I live
in Bogotá, Colombia.
At present I am living a period of crisis
mainly due to changes in my career. Until 2000 I was an employee
at an environmental laboratory. Few months after quitting
this job, two friends and I opened a consulting company. The
new responsibilities, the long working periods (12 or more
hours per day, six days a week) and factors from other aspects
of my life, resulted in depression, insomnia and other symptoms
and, of course, the quality of my work dropped completely.
About 9 weeks ago I saw your book Plato no Prozac (Spanish
version) in a bookstore near my home. I read the index and
bought it. Now after almost finished reading the book, I have
a new perspective of my situation and have realized that this
is only a transition period that will result in a better stage
of my life.
Professor Marinoff, I sincerely want to thank
you for giving me this fresh air trough your words. Really
Philosophy can help us to live in a better way.
Sorry for the grammatical errors, my English
is not still very good.
Finally, I would like to know if there is
any certified APPA counselor in Colombia.
I am from Athens, Greece and I am 22 years old.
I chose your book "Plato not Prozak!" to keep me
company during a flight but soon realised that what I was
holding wasn't a common advise giving book. With much surprise
I realised that my thoughts about Ancient Greek Philosophers'
work, were on someone's book. I believe and always did that
all this wisdom's use was a lot more than something for us
to give exams on during school years. I wish I could find
someone in Greece who does the same work as you do it would
be very relieving for many people like me to talk to someone
about matters of existance and help us find our way to this
enormous world, I have so much questions that I don't know
if someone can help me.
Anyway, it would be nice for us here to have the chance to
Dear Mr Marinoff,
I'm from Valencia (Spain), and I'm 24 years
I have readed your book "Plato, Not
Prozac", in its Spanish version, and I can see that some
ideas of the most famous phylosophers, are also in my head.
All the things that worry me, also worried
to another ancient people in the past, and it helps me to
make life a little bit better.
I think that this book teach us how to accept
life as it is... Without lie ourselves...
Best Regards Lou, and finally, I have a question...
What a Phylosopher do, when he is sad?
helio j pereira
After reading "plato not prozac" I rediscover that
we are not able or even allowed to dream someoneelse' dreams
,and also that we don't learn with the experience of the others.The
ultimate objective should be to break the wall and finally
understand our tragedy.
Sorry the language, i swear i´m improving my skills.
I'm Gen Surgeon in the southmost state in Brazil, Rio Grande
do Sul and i was recently looking for other book in the shelfs
of my favorite bookstore ( human evolution is one's my best)
when i face that amazing cover of Platão... I didn´t
resist and bought to try...and what a surprise, i want to
say you is that i didn't regret. It appears to me like a slot
machine, a little coin but a big award for every body. I'm
thinking to try spread these wisdow in my work place, it could
be wonderful. I'm waiting for the translation of Big Questins,
by the way i've beem good time with this.
Dr Fenando Koboldt
When I heard you on NPR I was stunned! Finally someone was
answering the philosophical questions I had been asking the
experts. For example:when did philosophy change from a quest
for living well to a series of senseless debates?Of what use
is philosophy? Finally I received coherant answers. Thanks
for writing this book!
Thank you for sharing your insights on NPR.
I enjoyed listening to the show and requested your book from
the library. I'd buy it but I'm newly unemployed.
I won't be forever, so I'd like to offer
you a suggestion= perhaps a PLATO not Prozac- tshirt?
or how about the following?
'SOCRATES MOM' bumper sticker
I'm Pro- Logic
:) I'm sure there are more out there
Dr William A Bradnan
Once in a great while in my reading, I come across a gem,
and Chapter 2 of your new book is just one such! It is the
best summarization of ethics for the layman, you might say,
that I have come across. The distinction between ethical relativism
and meta-ethical relativism was especially nicely done.
Eugene Crowley, Jr
I enjoyed your presentation in Chicago at Border's on 05/27/03.
In the Q&A session, I gave several examples of sorting
out the polarities in our culture and keeping a balance among
the correct choices. It's more or less abiding by the Universal
Law of Polarity. After I returned home, I thought that one
of our culture's greatest problems is attuning itself to the
mass mind(fear based) instead of the Universal Mind.(wisdom
based) Western Culture also employs its own laws-Vatian laws.
Federal, and State, Corporate...- in contrast to using Divine
and Universal(Cosmis) laws that gave the ancient world balance,
order, harmony, prosperity, and Golden Ages.
Many beleive that the Hermetic Principles or Universal Law
or the Perennial Philosophy should have been adopted as universal
religions that would eliminate the various beliefs in religion,
race, education, sex discrimination and the other areas of
cultural. When one identifies with having his mind in the
mind of the Universal God, he eliminates his suffering and
has compassion for those who attempt to cause another's suffering.l
We as a culture have a tremendous deficit in the areas of
morals and wisdom.