Great Books On Self Help and Psychology


The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul – Connie Zweig
The Force of Character – James Hillman 
Once Upon a Midlife – Allan B. Chinen 
Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity – David Whyte 
The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell 
Goddesses Never Age – Christiane Northrup 

Awakening, Deepening — Heart and Brain 

Buddha’s Brain, The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, Wisdom – Rick Hanson  
Heartmath Solution – Doc Childre and Howard Martin 
The Master and His Emissary – Iain McGilchrist 
My Stroke of Insight, A Brain Scientist’s Personal  Journey – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D 
Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics, Lifestyles for Spiritual Wholeness – Marsha Sinetar 
Subliminal – Leonard Mlodinow 
The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Step at a Time – Alex Korb

Befriending the Body 

Unwinding the Belly, Healing with Gentle Touch – Allison Post 

Codependence, Boundaries, Family Systems 

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself – Melody Beattie 
Healing the Shame that Binds You – John Bradshaw 

Emotional Blackmail – Susan Forward
Toxic Parents – Susan Forward 

Facing Codependency: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives – Pia Melody 
Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself – Nedra Glover Tawwab


Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples – Rob Fisher 
Hold Me Tight –Dr. Sue Johnson
How Can I Get Through to You? – Terrence Real 
Passionate Marriage – David Schnarch 
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work– John Gottman
The Spiritual Practices of Rumi – Will Johnson 

Cranial Sacral 

Stillness: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness – Charles Ridley   
Wisdom in the Body – Michael Kern 


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Meal by Meal: 365 Daily Meditations for Finding Balance Through Mindful Eating – Donald Altman 
When Food is Love – Geneen Roth 


Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method – Ron Kurtz 
Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples – Rob Fisher  
Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy – Weiss, Johanson, Monda, Editors 

Healing Shame and The Critic Within 

Embracing your Inner Critic – Hal & Sidra Stone 
Healing the Shame that Binds You – John Bradshaw 
Shame, The Power of Caring – Gershen Kaufman 
Soul Without Shame – Byron Brown 
Toxic Parents – Susan Forward

A Jungian Perspective: Robert A. Johnson

Johnson's books are delightful, insightful, accessible and incredibly well-written explorations of our archetypal energies.

He – Robert A. Johnson (exploring masculine and feminine components in a man’s psychology through the myth of Parsifal) 

She – Robert A. Johnson (exploring feminine and masculine components in a woman’s psychology through the myth of Psyche) 

We – Robert A. Johnson (exploring the psychology of romantic love through the myth of Tristan and Iseult – a great perspective on what we are really searching for in romantic love, and how to claim our own spiritual search and let our partner be human) 

Ecstasy – Robert A. Johnson (exploring the ecstatic quality of our human spirit and finding a healthy expression of our true inner selves)

Transformation: Understanding The Three Levels of Masculine Consciousness – Robert A. Johnson (the masculine is present in both men and woman – this is an exploration of the evolving stages of masculine energy)  

Femininity Lost and Regained – Robert A. Johnson (the feminine is present in both women and men – this is an exploration of reclaiming the deep healing of our feminine qualities) 

Owning Your Own Shadow – Robert A. Johnson (the shadow is the dark, unlit part of the ego – this book is a guide and exploration of what it is, how it originates, and how we can accept and honor it so that we can be balanced and whole)  

Inner Work – Robert A. Johnson (this is Johnson’s practical four-step approach to using dreams and active imagination for a journey of inner transformation) 

Balancing Heaven and Earth – Robert A. Johnson (this is his wonderful autobiography, written in his 70s, speaking of his own very unique and inspiring life, with a Jungian perspective) 

Jungian Books 

The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell 
The Writer's Journey – Christopher Vogler This isn't for writers only. This is a great, in-depth look at the Hero/Heroine's journey as illustrated in lots of great movies. I love this book! Based on Joseph Campbell's work, and really fun reading!

Once Upon a Midlife – Allan B. Chinen 
A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life – Connie Zweig 
          and Steve Wolf 
Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places – James Hollis 

Men’s Issues 

How Can I Get Through to You? – Terrence Real 
I Don’t Want to Talk About It – Terrence Real 
Iron John – Robert Bly
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover – Douglas Gillette 
Learning to Live Without Violence, A Handbook For Men – Daniel Jay Sonkin and Michael Durphy 
Real Boys – William Pollack 


Parenting from the Inside Out – Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell 
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child – John Gottman 
Real Boys – William Pollack 
Reviving Ophelia – Mary Pipher 

Rumi's Poetry and Spiritual Practice 

The Essential Rumi – Coleman Barks 
Open Secret, Versions of Rumi – John Moyne and Coleman Barks 
Rumi’s Four Essenstial Practices – Will Johnson 
The Spiritual Practices of Rumi – Will Johnson 


Body, Brain, Love: A Therapist's Workbook for Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment – Karen Rachels
The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van Der Kolk
The Body Remembers – Babette Rothschild 
The Courage to Heal – Ellen Bass and Laura Davis 

My Grandmother's Hands – Resmaa Menakem
The Healing Power of Emotion – Fosha et al 
My Stroke of Insight – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. 
Something's Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse and Freeing Yourself from its Power – Wade Mullen
Spiritual Emergency – Edited by Stanislav and Christina Grof 
The Survivor’s Guide to Sex – Staci Haines 
Toxic Parents – Susan Forward 
Trauma and the Body – Ogden, Minton, Pain 
Trauma and Recovery – Judith Lewis Herman 
Understanding the Borderline Mother, Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship – Christine Ann Lawson 
Waking the Tiger – Peter Levine 


There are a number of helpful books out there to support veterans, their families, and the mental health professionals serving them. These are just a few books to begin with. Thanks to all vets for your service, and thanks to your families for your journey of support.

The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van Der Kolk
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society – Dave Grossman
Waking Up From War – Joseph Bobrow 
What It Is Like to Go To War – Karl Marlantes   

Women's Issues 

The Dance of Anger: A Guide to Changing The Pattern of Intimate Relationships – Harriet Lerner 
Reviving Ophelia – Mary Pipher 
Women Who Love Too Much – Robin Norwood 
Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship – Linda Schierse Leonard



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