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Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind - and Keep - Love

We rely on science to tell us everything from what to eat to when and how long to exercise, but what about relationships? Is there a scientific explanation for why some people seem to navigate relationships effortlessly, while others struggle? According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, the answer is a resounding "yes."

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Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance

Every day, American women and girls are besieged by images and messages that suggest their beauty is inadequate—inflicting immeasurable harm upon their confidence and sense of wellbeing. In Beautiful You, author Rosie Molinary—in no uncertain terms—encourages women, whatever their size, shape, and color, to work toward feeling wonderful about themselves despite today’s media-saturated culture. 

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Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before.

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book.

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You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds

A new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, destined to be a classic―part therapy, part best friend, part humor, part coloring book.

When Jenny Lawson is anxious, one of the things she does is to draw. Elaborate doodles, beautiful illustrations, often with captions that she posts online. At her signings, fans show up with printouts of these drawings for Jenny to autograph. And inevitably they ask her when will she publish a whole book of them. That moment has arrived.

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Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.

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The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

One way to view creativity is to see it as a spiritual practice. The Artist's Way is a simple but deeply impactful tool kit to help you create your own spiritual practice, whatever that looks like to you. Creativity is a steady flow that you build each day, not a lightening strike of inspiration that seems to come out of the sky. This book shows you the way to start taking small risks at first, leading you to bigger risks of creative emergence.



The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

To create is to resist. And to learn how to overcome resistance. There's a part of you that wants to be open to challenge and change, and another part of you that is stubbornly trying to stay the same. This book is a little powerhouse of honesty about the creative process and how to understand what discipline goes into creative inspiration.



 


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

I feel like this book is an essential for so many reasons. Talent is not everything. Talent or natural ability in something is just the beginning. Learning and perseverance get people further than talent alone. This book challenges the perfectionistic belief that we should be able to do things flawlessly right away, otherwise we are not really good at it.

 




Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston

How did you get here? How did you learn how to doubt your intuition, to hate your body and your hunger? Food appears as a way to narrow your perception, distract you from what's really going on – that feeling that something is not quite right. When we are consumed by our thoughts about food and our bodies, we are drowning out how hungry we are for emotional and spiritual/existential fulfillment.  



 


The Betrayal Bond by Patrick Carnes

Sometimes we form intense bonds with people who mistreat us. We remain loyal to them despite how much they exploit, abuse, and betray us. This book allows you to identify relationships where you may have attached to someone through trauma, and how to understand on a deeper level what a "betrayal bond" is and how to take steps toward changing these kinds of relationships. 


For Therapists

Attachment in Psychotherapy by David Wallin

This is a book that I keep returning to year after year, to remind myself of how clients come into therapy and show us what their different attachment needs/styles are. Helps me answer the questions that inevitably come up with some clients when they start therapy: Is it me? Or is it them? What feels like I am not connected to them like I want to be? What are they needing from me?

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A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis
by Bruce Fink

Parts of Lacan's theory I find very helpful in my work with my clients, especially his emphasis on the importance of language, his thoughts on desire, and how he views the relationship that people form with their symptoms. This book does a great job of distilling down the essentials of Lacanian theory, as reading his original texts can be quite dense.

 

 

The Technique of Group Treatment
by Louis Ormont

Interested in running groups? Or learning more about the modern psychoanalytic approach to leading groups? This book is very accessible to therapists with or without a psychoanalytic training background. Ormont founded the Center for Group Studies, an excellent group psychotherapy training center in New York.