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Self-Help Books: 5 Favorites

By Rachel Grossman, LMSW

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

I’ve always loved books. As a little girl, I was enthralled by the library, with its seemingly endless shelves of books. I read hungrily, mesmerized by the characters, the storylines, the magic of being transported through words.

These days I find myself drawn to books that inspire healing and growth. Within these books I find wisdom, insight, encouragement, and a greater understanding of myself. I will share a few of my current favorites, in hopes that, perhaps, you may find some inspiration within them

1.The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

This book provides a wealth of information about the impacts of trauma on both the body and mind, as well as paths to recovery and healing.

2. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

If you are in the dating scene or have struggled in romantic relationships, this book offers some very interesting insight around adult attachment theory, and why you may be repeating unhelpful relationship patterns.

3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is one of those books that I read slowly because I didn’t want it to end. Big Magic is filled with wisdom, empathy, and inspiration, encouraging readers to let go of fear and live their most creative lives.

4. The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Eva Edith Eger

Dr. Eger is a psychologist in her 90’s and a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camps. Her story is remarkable and incredibly inspiring; I couldn’t put this book down.

5. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach

This is a book that I return to over and over again because I love its message so much. This book reminds me that so many of us struggle with similar feelings of insecurity, self-doubt, and inadequacy. Tara Brach artfully teaches readers how to set themselves free from the “trance of unworthiness” through mindfulness and an attitude of radical acceptance.