Recommended Reading

Simple yet sage advice from Zen Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant is a memoir by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Chast uses cartoons, family photos, sketches, and documents to share her experiences related to watching her parents ("practitioners of denial") age and die. I laughed and I cried as I read Chasts' story of two lives coming to an end and her efforts to cope. She addresses tough topics including making difficult decisions for the adults who once made decisions for her, acceptance, and gaining insight into her own use of denial, avoidance and distraction.
If you struggle with perfectionism, I've got the perfect book for you. Present Perfect by Pavel Somov, Ph.D. provides "a mindfulness approach to letting go of perfectionism and the need for control." Somov challenges unhealthy thought processes, guides you through the process of changing your view of mistakes and of the unknown, and guides you towards self-acceptance.
In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (psychiatrist) discusses his experiences in Auschwitz and how people coped with suffering. Part Two of his book describes his psychotherapeutic method which involves identifying meaning in life (and meaning in suffering). "In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice."
An oldie but goodie... Don't scroll past this book because of the title. I use this book to help clients learn how to better communicate in all relationships. It's easy to read and a great resource to utilize in psychotherapy or to read with your partner. You'll become more aware of your own maladaptive patterns such as cross-complaining and yes-butting and learn healthy and effective communication techniques including leveling and negotiating agreements.
Did you know that valedictorians rarely become millionaires? Are confidence and optimism the keys to success? What does self-compassion have to do with success? Barker addresses all of these questions in a humorous and informative way in his book: Barking Up The Wrong Tree.
William Styron paints a picture with his words. In Darkness Visible, Styron describes his experience with severe depression and his eventual recovery. If you've experienced depression, want to better understand depression, and/or love someone who has or has had depression, this is a must-read.
You'll find this book on many therapists' bookshelves. Codependent No More can help you shift your focus onto your own unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors and off of the behaviors of others (something you can't control anyway). Melody Beattie guides the reader through developing insight and gaining inner strength and empowerment.
Addict in the Family is a candid book written by the mother of a young heroin addict for families who are coping with addiction. I use this resource for the loved ones of addicts as a form of education, to decrease the feelings of blame, and to instill hope.
If you're a genius, this books is not for you! However, if you're interested in learning about how some of the most successful people in the world (athletes, scientists, writers, etc.), who are self-proclaimed non-geniuses, got to the top, this is a great read! Angela Duckworth takes it a step further and also discusses how we can all achieve our goals (and shoot high people, shoot high).
Whitney Cummings is a comedian and if she wasn't, I would definitely suggest that she explore that line of work. This book had me laughing out loud...literally. But aside from having a hilarious sense of self-deprecating humor, Whitney Cumming has clearly had a lot of therapy, good therapy (and some bad therapy too which she discusses in this book). She addresses topics including body image, anxiety, sexism, and unhealthy family dynamics. My favorite chapter is The Codependence Chapter which I plan on reading over and over again. I challenge you to read this book and not gain some personal insight about your own unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.




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