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One thing you might notice is that we have a bias towards workbooks.  Change rarely comes from passivity.  Workbooks are an excellent way to be active with the material being read.  They involve the reader and help the reader apply the material to his or her own circumstances and experience.  Many of these books are the same books that we recommend to people in the course of our work.  The list is dynamic.  We will add or change listings as we learn and discover more.

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The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
by Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron does an excellent job of making journaling an integrated part of one's life, a path to creativity and a gentle means of self-exploration.  Highly recommended.

You can use this link to see all of Julia Cameron's Books.

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Depression Workbook

The Depression Workbook:  A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression
by Mary Ellen Copeland

Best workbook we've found for understanding and working with one's own depression or bipolar depression.  Overviews of specific symptoms are coupled with space for you to write in your own thoughts on treatment, prognosis, and your ultimate goals. Checklists and daily planners help to identify both areas of difficulty and positive experiences.  Charts are provided for tracking medications, diet, and doctor visits.  A section is devoted to the establishment and maintenance of a support group. Ideas range from open discussions with family members to seeking out volunteer work.

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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.

Best workbook we've found for understanding and working with one's own anxiety, particularly phobias and panic.  The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook is a practical and comprehensive guide offering help to anyone who is struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, social fears, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, or other anxiety disorders. Step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires, and exercises will help to learn skills and make lifestyle changes necessary to achieve a lasting recovery.  The workbook can be used to develop your own self-help program or as an adjunct to therapy.

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Beyond Anxiety & Phobia

Beyond Anxiety and Phobia:  A Step-By-Step Guide to Lifetime Recovery
by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.

While his first book works more with the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, this one moves into working with lifestyle changes that will facilitate permanent change.  Beyond Anxiety and Phobia provides an array of alternative strategies for entering this long-term healing mode; describes alternative therapies such as herbs, yoga, massage, acupuncture, and homeopathy; and addresses the impact of perfectionism and other personality issues.

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The Faithful Gardener

Faithful Gardener:  A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Told in story format though a young girls eyes, this inspirational book weaves themes of healing, renewal, connection, and faith.  Particularly recommended for those experiencing grief and loss.

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie:  An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom

A story about living, dying, dignity, and meaning told through a young man's eye's about his time with his mentor's last days.  Inspirational and healing, particularly for anyone who is close to someone else who has, or had, a terminal illness.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
by John M. Gottman, Ph.D.

John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.


Getting the Love You Want

Getting the Love You Want : A Guide for Couples
by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Using both theory and exercises, the book is divided into three sections.  "The Unconscious Marriage" details how each partner's family background and childhood experiences helped them choose each other and influences their current interactions; "The Conscious Marriage" proposes a marriage that fulfils those childhood needs in a positive manner; and a 10-week program of detailed exercises for partners to follow in order to learn how to "replace confrontation and criticism ... with a healing process of mutual growth and support."


Keeping the Love You Find

Keeping the Love You Find : A Guide for Singles
by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Based on the same theories as "Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples",  this book emphasizes finding and keeping love particularly for people that find they have trouble maintaining the relationships they start.  It prepares readers to avoid the same mistakes they have made before, deal with volatile emotional issues from the past, and move from attraction to intimacy.

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Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh (Preface), Joan Borysenko

Excellent presentation of mindfulness practice for general health, stress reduction, and coping with chronic pain.  Kabat-Zinn focuses on "mindfulness," a concept that involves living in the moment, paying attention, and simply "being" rather than "doing." While you can practice anything "mindfully," from taking a walk to cleaning your house, Kabat-Zinn presents several meditation techniques that focus the attention most clearly, whether it's on a simple phrase, your breathing, or various parts of your body. The book goes into detail about how hospital patients have either improved their health or simply come to feel better despite their illness by using these techniques, but these meditations can help anyone deal with stress and gain a calmer outlook on life.


Stop Walking on Eggshells
Stop Walking on Eggshells; Coping When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder
by Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger, Larry J. Siever

Nuts and bolts description of Borderline Personality Disorder and coping strategies for those living with someone with a BPD diagnosis.

 


The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook
The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook: Practical Strategies for Living With Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder
by Randi Kreger, James Paul Shirley

Companion to the previous text, this workbook draws on extensive new research to provide advice for successfully navigating life with someone who has borderline personality disorder. Step-by-step suggestions help readers set and enforce personal limits, communicate clearly, cope with put-downs and rage, develop a safety plan, and make realistic decisions. Throughout the text are worksheets, checklists, and exercises that build on one another and enable readers to apply the suggestions to their lives.

 


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