Summer is upon us -- and if you’re lucky, your schedule will lighten up a bit and allow you to enjoy a few long weekends away from work or some quiet evenings on the porch relaxing with a good book. Summer is always a great time to catch up on some reading.
I’m a self-help book junkie, but I can’t keep up with all the great personal development titles. So, I once again surveyed my Facebook fans for their best self-help book suggestions (you can find last year's suggested reading list here). This list will be particularly relevant to those of you struggling with or wanting to learn more about codependency, adult child of alcoholic issues, trauma recovery, perfectionism, boundaries, self-worth, and healthy relationships.
40 More Self-Help Books Recommended by my Readers
- Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
- The Emotionally Absent Mother by Jasmin Lee Cori
- Running on Empty No More by Jonice Webb
- by Milan and Kay Yerkovich
- Safe People: How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- by Beverly Engel
- by Howard Halpern
- by Henry Cloud
- After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrahms Spring
- Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Codependency and Boundaries
- by Susan Forward
- The Human Magnet Syndrome: The Codependent Narcissist Trap by Ross Rosenberg
- by Robert Hemfelt, Frank Minirth, and Paul Meier
- by Melody Beattie
- by Dana Morningstar
- Wild Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- by Robert Ackerman
- by Karyl McBride
- by Terrence Real
- by Robert Ackerman
Trauma and Healing
- Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker
- Recovery of Your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione
- Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw
Spirituality and Personal Growth
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Life by Shauna Niequist
- by Pema Chodron
- by Eckhart Tolle
- Peace Within: Clear Your Mind, Open Your Heart, Embrace Your Soul and Heal Your Life by Michael Brant DeMaria
- by Toko-pa Turner
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns
- Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them by Tina Gilbertson
- On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
- It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self by Hilary Jacobs Hendel
- The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron
- Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson
- Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
- The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening by Laurie Cameron
- Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani
- The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris
Do you have a favorite self-help book? Perhaps you’ve read something recently that was instrumental to your personal growth and recovery. If you’d like to add a suggestion, please put it in the comments below.
I hope you have a wonderful summer with lots of time for reading and self-care!
©2018 Sharon Martin, LCSW. All rights reserved.
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