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33 Favorite Self-Help Books of Psychologists

self-help books.jpgSince the response was good from my post on 15 quotes that motivate and inspire that I pulled from LinkedIn group, The Psychology Network, I joined a few weeks ago, I thought I’d publish their recommendation for good self-help books, too.

Since most of them are mental health professionals (unlike me, who just pretends she is), their list lends credibility and might be a good one to review every now and then either for yourself or in your work with patients.

1. Freedom From the Ties That Bind: The Secret of Self Liberation by Guy Finley 

2. I Ain’t Much Baby, But I’m All I’ve Got by Jess Lair, Ph.D.

3. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition 
by Edmund J. Bourne 

4. Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life by Sari Solden 

5. If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) by Edna B. Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews

6. Depressed and Anxious: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Depression & Anxiety by Thomas Marra 

7. Circle of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself 
by Judith Duerk 

8. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… And It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life 
by Richard Carlson 

9. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program To Safeguard Children From Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience 
by Martin Seligman 

10. The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon by 
David Elkind

11. The Woman Who Thought Too Much by Joanne Limburg

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12. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes, PhD and Spencer Smith

13. The Steps of Essence: How to Live Life Well and Authentically by Hanns-Oskar Porr

14. Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life by Karen Sherman

15. Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life by Laura Nash and Howard Stevenson

16. Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You–At Work and In Life by Spencer Johnson

17. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

18. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

19. Don’t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns that Limit Success by Sylvia Lafair, PhD

20. Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer, Ph.D.

21. Embracing Your Potential by Terry Orlick, Ph.D.

22. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, M.D.

23. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Ph.D.

24. Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson

25. The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

26. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

27. Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel Amen 

28. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie 

29. The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie 

30. 7 Things He’ll Never Tell You: … But You Need to Know by Kevin Leman

31. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor 

32. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

33. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

33 Favorite Self-Help Books of Psychologists

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Therese J. Borchard

Therese J. Borchard is a mental health writer and advocate. She is the founder of the online depression communities Project Hope & Beyond and Group Beyond Blue, and is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist. You can reach her at or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

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