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Self-Help Books

These books cover a range of issues. Check out the list below to learn more about books in the area that most concerns you.

Stress

Anxiety

Relationships

Shyness, Social Anxiety

General Self-Improvement

Abuse in Childhood

Assertiveness

ADD/ADHD

Depression

LGBT

Loss

Multicultural Concerns

Obsessions and Compulsions

Stress

  • Martha Davis, Elizabeth R. Eshelman, & Matthew McKay (2000), The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (5th Ed.). ISBN 1572242140

This book gives useful tips on dealing with stress.

Anxiety

  • Edmund J. Bourne (2000), The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (3rd Ed.). ISBN 157224223X

Bourne gives tips on dealing with anxiety and phobias. He includes information on medications and herbal supplements.

  • R. Reid Wilson (1996), Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Rev. Ed.). ISBN 0060951605

This book discusses Panic Disorder and gives a guide for dealing with panic attacks.

Relationships

  • Aaron Beck (1989). Love is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy. ISBN 0060916044

Beck, one of the founders of cognitive therapy, applies his approach to romantic relationships.

  • John M. Gottman & Joan DeClaire (2002), The Relationship Cure: A Five Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships. ISBN 0609809539

Gottman gives advice to help improve relationships of all kinds. His book shows the importance of recognizing and responding to key relationship cues.

Shyness, Social Anxiety

  • Franklin Schneier & Lawrence Welkowitz (1996), The Hidden Face of Shyness: Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety. ISBN 0380783991

This book introduces the types and roots of social anxiety, along with a guide for dealing with problems.

General Self-Improvement

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1998), Finding Flow: the Psychology of Engagement in Everyday Life. ISBN 0465024114

This book describes how "flow" can increase life enjoyment and defines the importance of engagement in daily life.

  • Martin Seligman (1998), Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. ISBN 0671019112

Seligman describes how "learned optimism" can improve your life.

Abuse in Childhood

  • Ellen Bass & Laura Davis (1994), The Courage To Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (3rd Ed.). ISBN 0060950668

Many consider this book to be the "Bible" for women who suffered from sexual abuse as a child. It has stories from survivors, writing exercises, advice for partners of survivors, and more.

  • Michael Lew (1990), Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Child Abuse. ISBN 0060973005

This book is for men who have suffered from abuse as a child. It includes accounts from men who have survived abuse and other useful information.

Assertiveness

  • Robert E. Alberti & Michael L. Emmons (2001), Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships (8th Ed.). ISBN 1886230285

This book highlights the use of effective communication in becoming assertive.

ADD/ADHD

  • Edward M. Hallowell & John J. Ratey (1995), Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood. ISBN 0684801280

This book reviews attention disorders, co-occurring disorders, and treatment. It highlights the effect these disorders can have on relationships, education, and careers.

Depression

  • David D. Burns (1999), The Feeling Good Handbook (Rev. Ed.). ISBN 0452281326

This book covers depression and related problems (e.g., insecurity, irritability, procrastination, guilt, and so forth). Burns makes it easy to apply his core concepts while monitoring your progress.

LGBT

  • Kim Howard & Annie Stevens (Eds.) (2000), Out and About Campus. Personal Accounts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered College Students. ISBN 1555834809

This book is a collection of 28 LGBT students' accounts on adjusting to academic life. These essays support others facing similar issues in many different ways.

  • Ritch C. Savin-Williams (2001), Mom, Dad, I'm Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out. ISBN 1557987416

Savin-Williams looks at the experiences young people have as they "come out" to their families and gives advice based on his research.

Loss

  • Peter McWilliams, Harold H. Bloomfield, & Melba Colgrove (1993), How to Survive the Loss of a Love. ISBN 0931580439

McWilliams addresses many kinds of loss: relationships lost through death or break-ups and psychological losses caused by bankruptcy, illness, accidents, career setbacks, etc. The book gives a mix of advice, inspirational passages, and other aids.

Multicultural Concerns

  • Terrance Dean (2003), Reclaim your power! A 30-day Guide to Hope, Healing, and Inspiration for Men of Color. ISBN 081296778X

This book is a guide modeled on devotional books. Each day has a brief passage with wisdom, advice, and inspiration in handling problems men of color often face.

  • Monique Greenwood (2001), Having What Matters: the Black Woman's Guide to Creating the Life You Really Want. ISBN 0688175090

Monique Greenwood, a successful Black businesswoman, shares the lessons she has learned in developing a satisfying life.

Obsessions and Compulsions

  • Edna B. Foa & Reid Wilson (2001), Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Rev. Ed.). ISBN 0553381172

Foa introduces and provides strategies for addressing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Rape
  • Robin Warshaw (1994), I Never Called it Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape. ISBN 0060925728

Not only is this book one of the best self-help books that addresses acquaintance rape, it is also valuable for partners and family members of rape victims.