Nietzsche for Stressed Out People - Allan Percy

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Do you have difficulty coping with stress? Doesn't the world seem to give you peace? Calm down, you are not alone. Like you, many others have wondered how to live life more fully and enjoyably

In this summary, we will talk about the philosopher's Friedrich Nietzsche main teachings so that you can live a stress-free life. 

You'll learn to build solid self-esteem, cultivate good relationships, unlock your full potential, live quietly and have fun.

Want to know more about it? Then keep reading.

 

About the book “Nietzsche For Stressed Out People”

 

The book was published in 2009 by author Allan Percy. It contains 99 doses of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in which the author speaks to show readers the philosopher's teachings in an easy and practical way.

 

About the author Allan Percy

 

Allan Percy is the pseudonym of the Spanish writer Francesc Miralles. 

He is the author of more than fourteen self-help books, some of them published in Brazil as “Kafka for Overwhelmed”, “Oscar Wilde for Restless”, and “Einstein for Distracted”. In addition to writing, Percy is a translator, musician, editor, and coach.

 

To whom is this book indicated?

 

This book is intended for those suffering from stress. As well as those who want to live a quieter life, improve self-esteem, have better relationships and also those who want to know a little more about Nietzsche's thinking.

 

Main ideas of the book “Nietzsche For Stressed Out People”

 

  • There are several sources of stress, but they can be eliminated with an internal work of self-knowledge and understanding of thoughts and emotions;
  • Self-knowledge gives the necessary tools for the person to develop, grow and improve their quality of life;
  • A person's quality of life increases when it has good relationships. Those are easy to cultivate once you understand the needs and feelings of others and yourself;
  • Philosophy is capable of treating some psychological and emotional afflictions such as depression, stress, and anxiety without medications.

 

In this summary, we will cover the most important points told by Allan Percy to get rid of stress and have a lighter and more fun life. Let’s go!

 

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[Book Summary] Nietzsche for Stressed Out People - Allan Percy

 

Overview: Sources of Stress 

 

In the book “Nietzsche for Stressed Out People”, the author will guide you through Nietzsche's philosophy and his teachings to deal with stress. 

In this section are gathered the main sources of stress that the author exposes in his book.

 

Not having a goal

 

In the author’s view, when you lose sight of your goal, you get stressed. If you have a big life goal that can keep you motivated, you can overcome any obstacle, including stress.

 

Search for happiness, always

 

One source of stress, according to Nietzsche, is the misconception that one should always seek to be happy, thus forgetting the ephemeral nature of happiness. 

Instead of getting frustrated because you failed to stay happy, you should use the flashes of happiness to propel you and avoid unnecessary stress.

 

Losing touch with nature

 

According to the book, losing touch with nature is also a source of stress. Those who live in the city have to play a role to fit into society, but in nature, they can be who they really are. 

Therefore, Allan Percy recommends regular contact with nature.

 

Complain

 

Another source of stress, according to the philosopher, is the complaint, a trademark of today's society. People gather to complain, speaking badly about the economy, taxes, health care, politics, lack of justice, time, work and so many other issues.

In the author's view, people often complain because they like to. This generates stress and anguish.

 

The stress inside us

 

For Nietzsche, stress does not come from external situations, but from people's own interpretation of what happens to themselves. It's not that the world is stressful, it's your reading of it that can stress you or not. 

Allan Percy suggests to you stop worrying about things that are independent of you and have more fun.

 

The misapplied silence

 

Another source of stress is silence. Although it is a powerful tool for self-knowledge and personal development, it can also be the main weapon of a psychological war between two people. 

For this reason, it’s recommended that you speak your feelings even if you did not find the right words. 

 

The lie

 

The book points lying to yourself as another cause of stress. This prevents you from seeing your own mistakes, so the world will seem more hostile and stressful than it is.

 

Hurry

 

Hurry is another source of this nervosism. Walk slowly in life, enjoy every detail and the journey, these are recommendations of the author.

 

Runaway from the present

 

Percy explains that stress comes from thinking about the past or the future, but affects the present. So, it’s advised in the book “Nietzsche for Stressed Out People” to focus on now, which is the only place you can do something for your past and your future.

 

Work too much

 

Too much work is also prejudicial. Not having at least two-thirds of the day to yourself is unhealthy. Productivity does not increase because you work longer hours, instead, it causes damage to your health. 

 

Futile Needs

 

According to Allan Percy creating needs deemed useless is stressful, like changing your car every five years, having a beach house or putting your kids in expensive extracurricular activities. 

You shouldn’t think that you can only be happy if you can achieve those achievements.

 

Bad relationships

 

Lastly, bad relationships generate stress. According to the author, you will often want to force a friendship or impose on a debate. 

He recommends letting it flow, that is, if someone doesn't like you, doesn't fight it, or if the person thinks differently from you and is determined, don't try to change their opinion. 

Heated discussions are a source of stress, so, avoid them. It’s recommended to keep calm, listen to the other parties without interrupting and try to be kind instead of showing that you are right. 

 

Overview: How to live happily and without stress 

 

Have a dream

 

The author recalls that the happiest people are those who have a life purpose. Therefore, he advises to put your life in perspective, evaluate what you have done so far and where you want to go. Thus, mistakes made lose importance, motivation increases and stress disappears.

Another advice is that these goals should be true dreams. For Nietzsche, dreams are one's most valuable possessions. If you believe in them, set the goal of reaching them.

 

Work your self-esteem

 

Percy suggests a sequence of steps for you to develop self-esteem.

First, you should try to live for yourself and not for others. This gets easier if you do not compare yourself with the rest. It is also important to forgive one's mistakes, and finally, analyze less, acting more. 

In Allan Percy's view, wanting to appear is a sign of low self-esteem, so he presents some practical activities for you to increase it. They are: 

 

  • Let your actions speak for you; 
  • Recognize your strengths
  • Get rid of self-sabotaging elements; 
  • Seize the opportunities;
  • Do exercises.

 

Cultivate good relationships

 

Having friends around is something that improves the quality of life. According to the book, friends are those who pity our trials, something easy to find, rare and valuable.

Percy adds that a good friend is also the one who says what you should hear, even if it's hard. These are the friends who will allow you to grow.

IIf you can love without expecting anything in return, you can build a healthy relationship in which you do not lose your freedom and thus be stress-free.

 

Catalog your problems

 

The author shares an easy-to-follow recipe for stress-free living. This consists of cataloging the problems. 

It is important to know how to separate them by a degree of importance. Once this is done, you will find that most of them do not have a lasting impact and are no longer problems.

 

Learn how to handle successes and failures

 

Success is dangerous because it massages the ego, what can lead to problems such as substance abuse, bad relationships and taking unnecessary risks.

On the other hand, failure brings many often-overlooked benefits, such as humility, creativity to see alternatives, prudence before acting, resilience and the vision of new opportunities.

However, the author suggests to use these failures as a development path.

 

Embark on a journey of self-awareness

 

Self-knowledge is an arduous task, but you must do it if you want to live a full life. 

Having a quiet space where you can listen to your thoughts without judging them will let you know and understand your needs, fears, desires and frustrations, allowing you to handle your challenges effectively.

Another benefit of self-knowledge is that it will allow you to broaden your potential by connecting with something superior.

For Nietzsche, the human being is a bridge and not a final destination, there is something in each of us that goes beyond the earthly. This perspective expands people's capabilities and allows them to overcome limitations.

 

Have spaces of silence 

 

Allan Percy explains that the human being needs silence and retreat. It is in these moments of introspection that creativity comes to you and you take the reins of your life making the right choices.

 

Live in the here and now

 

You have to live in the present or, at least, not in the distant future, to not be a prisoner of your fantasies, because it will bring melancholy and grudge.

 

Be careful of what you think

 

Percy teaches that the universe is a mirror that reflects what you think. If you are negative, you will have difficulties, if you are optimistic, things will flow easily

According to the author, there are two states of mind that you must cultivate: be humorous, laugh and forgiveness. They bring a number of benefits to your health as well as reducing stress.

 

Have a good time

 

The author believes that life should not be tedious. To remove boredom from your life, he suggests that you eliminate all activities that bring you nothing but boredom and moodiness.

Move away from all uninteresting people, try to work on something motivating, change the routine, know new places, learn something new every day and do some madness every once in a while.

 

Overview: Philosophy as Therapy

 

Most psychological afflictions can be dealt with the philosophy and help of a therapist philosopher.

This professional, Allan Percy explains, is able to guide the patient through the most appropriate philosophical thinking so that all problems can be solved.

Percy believes there is a philosophy to all the problems you may have. There are philosophers who will help you with your love relationships, others with work, some overcome fears and deal with various other issues. 

 

What do other authors say about it?

 

In the book "The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down" Haemin Sumin develops a guide to mindfulness and meeting with our inner wisdom. The simple messages expounded in the work directly meet the anxieties that have become part of modern life.

Author Dale Carnegie teaches in his book, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", how to shield your mind, get around worries, and strengthen yourself in the face of everyday problems.

Finally, in "Anxiety: Facing Today’s Evil", Augusto Cury addresses important topics related to mental health. He explains clearly and objectively the accelerated thinking syndrome (SPA) and brings the reflection that slowing down our thoughts and knowing how to manage our mind is fundamental to a healthier life.

 

Okay, but how can I apply this to my life?

 

  • Dream big! Have goals! They will be your best weapon against any challenge that life puts in your way;
  • Do self-awareness activities. You will realize your full potential and better understand your times and your pace;
  • Have a space to meet with nature and time of retreat and silence;
  • Remember that most people do not have a sick mind, they are just wondering about life's trials. This is normal. Interestingly, great minds have asked themselves the same questions and found answers, and through philosophy, you have access to them. 

 

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