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  • Trouble Is a Gift: A Story of Addiction, Recovery & Hope
    “But finally, there I was alone in this apartment, sitting in a chair, staring at the radiator waiting for the little guy to crawl out from behind it. Knowing the bottle was going to be ...
  • Book Review: By All Means
    A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of ...
  • Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook
    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness
    Are heroes born, like Superman, or are they made, like Spiderman? Elizabeth Svoboda investigates this question in What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness. Is altruism nothing more than genetics, or can a person compile a ...
  • The Birth of Intersubjectivity: Psychodynamics, Neurobiology & the Self
    “The moment a child is born, a mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~ Rajneesh, spiritual guru To be human is to ...
  • One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life
    Regardless of whether you believe in positive thinking or view of it as a hokey concept, you almost cannot go a day without seeing or hearing some example of it. In One Simple Idea, Mitch ...
  • Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution
    Ever been stuck in a conflict, unable to let go and unable to forgive others? Ever felt like conflict permeated everything? In Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, Diane Musho Hamilton, a Zen ...
  • Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression & Bullying
    Mobbing, as Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry explain in their new book, is a “destructive social process in which individuals, groups, or organizations target a person for ridicule, humiliation, and removal from the workplace.” It is ...
  • Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders
    I heard my share of mean comments about my weight, height, and personality while I was in school, but as someone who has never truly been “bullied,” I always just saw it as part of ...
  • The Riddle in the Mirror: A Journey in Search of Healing
    Author Jayni Bloch was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the era of apartheid, and that painful period is the context for her story of psychological and spiritual growth. Having grown up myself in the segregated ...
  • The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation
    Would you like to change the world in 28 days? How about something more manageable, like becoming a more relaxed, gracious, and loving person? Sean Meshorer’s The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation is ...
  • Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren’t Being Fooled
    It would be hard not to judge Blind to Betrayal by its cover. Readers could be forgiven for thinking it’s a how-to book on catching unfaithful spouses. But while there are several stories of infidelity, ...
  • Mental Health for the Whole Child
    >Children make 3 billion new connections in their brain every second. That is 3 billion opportunities for growth, or 3 billion missed connections.  With rising rates of ADHD, autism, and other mental health disorders in American ...
  • Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits & Illness
    Are you the firstborn child of your family? Did you turn out to be the most responsible, the parent-pleaser, or the motivated one? According to Alfred Adler and researchers of personality and temperament, firstborns tend ...
  • Book Review: Divinely Attuned
    Couples can face a myriad of issues through the course of their relationship. For some, being unable to communicate effectively creates walls between partners. In an effort to be understood, some may lose sight of ...
  • The Trauma of Everyday Life
    How many times have you heard someone say, That was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We can try to rally to face big obstacles, but sometimes the day-to-day “little things” add up until, ...
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling
    There are exceptions to many rules in life. Whether it is a fashion decree about wearing black and brown or the parking law in various neighborhoods, there are many instances where the “rule” does not ...
  • The Department of Lost & Found
    Allison Winn Scotch’s The Department Of Lost And Found is a captivating read that depicts a young woman battling breast cancer. However, Scotch’s words are inspirational. She relays the message that once we ...
  • Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose & Passion
    “There I was, on a Broadway stage. Naked with the rest of the cast of Oh! Calcutta! The drugs and alcohol must not have been working because I was literally crawling out of my skin.” So begins ...
  • The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss & Healing
    You never forget your first patient who dies. When I entered medical school, I knew death would be part of my education, that not every patient could be saved. I was in my third year of ...
  • The Effortless Sleep Companion
    Having recently reviewed Sasha Stephens's incredible (in my opinion) book, The Effortless Sleep Method, I'd like to share my opinion of her follow-up, The Effortless Sleep Companion. Again, I'm very impressed. Stephens ...
  • How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?
    Before they fell out of vogue, roughly 40,000 lobotomies took place in the United States. “Took place” being a rather passive, arm’s-length way of saying that, on 40,000 separate occasions, a person with an advanced ...
  • Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life
    In a mere instant, Emile Allen’s life as a highly successful surgeon is destroyed. Electrocuted in an operating room accident, Allen is left with a litany of maladies, both physical and psychological: traumatic brain injury, ...
  • Healing From Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover
    How can abuse affect the psychological and emotional lives of adults? Mental health professionals believe the effects of childhood abuse are great. Listen to the internalized shame of an abuse survivor: “I could not tell anyone. ...

 

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