BOOKS & SUGGESTED READING

You may want to do some further reading to flesh out your understanding of a particular area or for self-help. My preference is for authors who are speaking from authentic personal experience as well as a solid theoretical base. I find that this usually gives a more profound understanding than just theoretical knowledge that can be too abstract, or simply not grounded in practical reality. What follows is a list of books and authors that I have found inspiring and useful, divided into categories:

  • Self Help
  • On Therapy
  • Brain Science
  • Meditation

 

Self help

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Dr Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap

What if almost everything we believed about finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate, misleading, or false? And what if those very beliefs were making us miserable? What if our efforts to find happiness were actually preventing it? A growing body of scientific research suggests that we are all caught in a powerful psychological trap: a vicious cycle, whereby the more we strive for happiness, the more we suffer.

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Gael Lindenfield

Self Motivation

Self motivation is an essential skill for success. This practical self-help guide reveals what it is, how exactly it can help us and why it is often so elusive. The book contains exercises and provides a complete self-help course. Gael Lindenfield reveals 36 secrets for motivating yourself plus tips on encouraging others to do the same.

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Steve Biddulph

The New Manhood

THE NEW MANHOOD by Australia’s world renowned family activist, Steve Biddulph, is the most influential book written for generations on the lives of men. For 20 years Steve Biddulph’s groundbreaking MANHOOD and the revised edition, tHE NEW MANHOOD,have had a remarkable impact around the world. thousands of men have reconciled with their fathers, become closer to their children, improved their marriages or made sweeping changes to their lives.

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David Deida

The Way of the Superior Man

This is David Deida’s acclaimed primary sourcebook on masculine spiritual practice. It is a must-read for every man who wants to live a life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Learn how essential it is to know your purpose in the world. Discover the importance of challenge in your life. Understand how your masculine direction gifts your woman as much as her attractive radiance gifts you.

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David Deida

Dear Lover

Dear Lover is the long-awaited advanced guide for women on sacred intimacy and spiritual growth through love, sexuality and intimate relationship. Whether you are alone or in relationship, learn how the yearning you feel in your heart to give and receive love fully is the same yearning that every woman feels. Discover how sexuality can be a divine expression of that love yearning: to open without bounds, to be seen and offered without limits, as a divine expression of love.

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Robert Bolton

People Skills. How to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflicts

This book is a communication-skills handbook that describes the twelve most common communication barriers, showing how these roadblocks damage relationships by increasing defensiveness, aggressiveness, or dependency. In their place the author presents effective skills for listening, asserting yourself, resolving conflicts, and working out problems with others.

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Gael Lindenfield

Self Esteem: Simple Steps to Develop Self-reliance and Perseverance

The new updated and fully revised edition of this bestselling title. Poor self-esteem can sabotage relationships and careers, cause self-destructive behaviour and can hold us back from achieving our full potential. In this new updated and fully revised edition of this bestselling title Lindenfield helps us to recover from a deep-seated hurt and cope with knocks to our pride.

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Steve Biddulph

Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different – How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men

A word of mouth bestseller which has become one of the best loved and most successful books in the parenting field. Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys is to be re-released this month with some startling new research on what helps – and what harms – boys. In this expanded and updated edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men.

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Melody Beattie

Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time

You’re learning to let go, to live your life free of the grip of someone else’s problems. And yet you find you’ve just started on the long journey of recovery. Let Melody Beattie, author of the classicCodependent No More, help you along your way. A guided tour past the pitfalls of recovery, Beyond Codependency is dedicated to those struggling to master the art of self-care.

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On Therapy

Some key books on Somatic and Person Centred therapy, aimed at therapists as well as people going to therapy.

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Ron Kurtz

Body-centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method

A must-read for anyone interested in the body-centered movement in psychotherapy. The Hakomi Method integrates the use of mindfulness, nonviolence, meditation, and holism into a highly original amalgam of therapeutic techniques. Hakomi work incorporates the idea of respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system, organizing matter and energy to maintain its goals and identity.

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Peter Levine

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

**Unraveling Trauma in the Body, Brain and Mind a Revolution in Treatment** In this culmination of his life s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche.

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Eugene Gendlin

Focusing: How to Open Up Your Deeper Feelings and Intuition

25th anniversary edition of the classic bestseller ‘Focusing’ is a technique first developed 25 years ago by American psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin. Hugely influential, it offers six specific steps you can take to open up your inner world of deeper feelings and intuition – and shows you how to listen to others with more empathy. Short, very readable and so simple, you wonder why we aren’t taught this fundamental life-skill at school!

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Jacob Needleman

The Way of the Physician: Recovering the Heart of Medicine

In a time when the greatest controversy of medical care seems to be about how best to pay for it, The Way of the Physician brings back fundamental questions of what makes a true healer, what’s involved in the uniquely intimate relationship of doctor and patient, and how we all face the inevitable challenges of maintaining health, dealing with illness, and dying. “A good doctor is a good person.”

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Ron Kurtz

Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te-ching

A sensible and compassionate book that will help those involved in any form of therapy make the best possible use of their time, effort, and money. “A fascinating blend of Eastern spirituality, Western psychotherapy, feminist consciousness, and real caring.”

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Peter Levine

Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body

Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often en endure lifelong symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful “acting out” behaviors. Today, professionals and clients in both the bodywork and the psychotherapeutic fields nationwide are turning to Peter A. Levine’s breakthrough Somatic Experiencing(r) methods to actively overcome these challenges.

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Paul Wilkins

Person-centred Therapy (100 Key Points)

Person-centred therapy, based on the ideas of the eminent psychotherapist Carl Rogers, is widely practised in the UK and throughout the world. It has applications in health and social care, the voluntary sector and is increasingly relevant to work with people who are severely mentally and emotionally distressed. This book offers a comprehensive overview and presents the core theories, advances and practices of the approach in a concise, accessible form.

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Brain Science

Recent developments in brain science (neurology) in terms of understanding why Somatic Therapy works (Descartes Error), why humans get ill from stress (Zebras & Ulcers), and two books by Norman Doidge on how we can rewire our brains.

Robert Sapolsky

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky’s acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear – and the ones that plague us now – are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

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Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Meet the ninety year old doctor, who, with the aid of a few simple exercises, is still practising medicine. His is just one of the incredible stories brain expert Norman Doidge tells as he reveals our brain’s remarkable ability to repair itself through the power of positive thought. In “The Brain That Changes Itself”, Doidge introduces us to the fascinating stories at the cutting edge of the brain science and the emerging discipline of ‘neuroplasticity’.

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Antonio Damasio

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, ‘I think, therefore I am,’ science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended until recently to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of “Descartes’ Error”.

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Norman Doidge

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries

“This is a book of miracles. Fascinating…An absorbing compendium of unlikely recoveries from physical and mental ailments offers evidence that the brain can heal…brings Oliver Sacks to mind.” (Lisa Appignanesi, Observer). The Brain’s Way of Healing explores the astonishing advances in the discovery of neuroplasticity, showing that the brain has its own unique way of healing, only recently uncovered. Norman Doidge discusses a series of remarkable recoveries..

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Meditation

Easy to follow guides on what is meditation and how to meditate

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Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (The Power of Now)

To make the journey into “The Power of Now” we need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. ‘The Power of Now” aims to transform your thinking.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Guided: Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work–which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology–shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

The time-honored national bestseller, updated with a new afterword, celebrating 10 years of influencing the way we live. When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 2: Four Training Sessions to Cultivate Awareness [AUDIO]

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 2 was designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a core training tool to begin and deepen a daily meditation practice, and to bring mindfulness into every aspect of life. Intended to be used in conjunction with his book Wherever You Go, There You Are, these four CD-length programs are a valuable resource that meditators at all experience levels can adapt to their specific needs. They include:
Guided sitting meditations the basics of mindfulness meditation.

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