Recommended Reading

I created this page especially for those people who are looking for more information on a particular emotion concern (e.g., depression, anxiety). But I've also listed some books that I think are especially valuable for those who seek to create a richer, more meaningful life.

These are some of the books I recommend routinely.

In my experience, the right book at the right time can change your life.

(Note: clicking on a book's cover will direct you to Amazon's site.)

Anxiety



Stossel's book provides up-to-date information on anxiety disorders. But what makes this book unique, and frankly interesting to read, is that it is also part memoir. The author tells you about his own struggles with anxiety disorders, which are considerable, especially when you learn that he is an otherwise high-functioning editor at a major magazine.



Everything you need to know about panic attacks is in this one book. Wilson's book is very helpful.

Beliefs



This book's title does not do justice to its content. It is written by the creators of Schema Therapy, which can be roughly seen as deeply held beliefs, often just outside of awareness, that influences mood, thought, and behavior. An example of a schema is someone who believes, deep down, that they are simply not "good enough."


Couples



Gottman's longitudinal research has altered the way most therapists do couple therapy. He and his team have studied real couples over time, in their "couple lab," and they've learned a great about what works in marriage want what doesn't.



Esther Perel might very well be one of the most interesting therapists on the planet. This book is about sex. Or rather, how sex fades over time for couples and what they can do about it.


Depression



This book is
the book on depression. When this book came out a few years ago, it won awards. It's comprehensive but also very engaging.



O'Conner's book is often overlooked because it's been around a while, but this is a useful guide.


The Good Life



You can find a ton of books on happiness right now because it's a popular topic. This is largely thanks to Seligman, who, during his stint as president of the American Psychological Associate, chose to focus on what was right about people, not just about what was wrong with them. These days there are scores of books on so-called "positive psychology," but for my money Seligman's books are still some of the best.



I first read this book in graduate school, not as part of any coursework but as extracurricular reading. It is fair to say this book had a profound influence on my life because it shaped my thinking about what a good life is, or could be. This book is about the psychology of what means to engage deeply with your life. When we are in flow, we lost track of time. We are deeply absorbed. We forget about our worries, our past, indeed our selves. Although the basis of this book grows out of Cziksentmihalyi's longstanding research, it's beautifully written. I cannot recommend it enough.



Did you know "grit"–-persistence with passion–-turns out to be a better predictor of success than talent? That's what this book is about. It's based on Duckworth award-winning research. Sound interesting?


Introversion



This book made quite a splash on the bestseller lists, and for good reason. It's a very engaging read about the power of introversion as a human personality trait. If you are an introvert–-or if you want to understand one–-this is
the book to read.


Time Management



Ordinarily time management books are not the kind of book I go for. Allen's book is system for how to manage your time, but
it's more than it. What he's really talking about is the psychology of your working memory and your attentional processes. We all have too much to do, but we can use external supports—systems—to help us manage. This book is pithy. (I like pithy.)


Vocation



This book has the distinction of being both practical
and funny.



Did I mention I like pithy? This book is pithy and thoughtful.



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