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Mental Health Recovery Boosters: How To Sustain Your Mental Wellness Whether you need to recharge yourself every once in a while during a bumpy patch or have a chronic mental health condition, Mental Health Recovery Boosters has just the right dose of inspiration and encouragement for just about any situation. And if, somehow, you have not yet experienced a challenging, emotionally draining ...

Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology Nothing could have prepared me for the human suffering I saw in nursing facilities. As a doctoral student in 2006, I provided mental health services to nursing-facility residents, clients who were most frequently diagnosed with some form of adjustment disorder or depression. Although my doctoral program was not ...

Book Review: Man's Search for Meaning In a 1991 survey for the Library of Congress, readers were asked to name a book that made a difference in their lives. Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning was among the top ten. It is a daunting task to review such a book. It goes without ...

Book Review: How to Deal with Adversity Although the title sounds very self-help,  a serious text in which Christopher Hamilton — philosopher, author, and senior lecturer in philosophy of religion at London’s King’s College — uses his scholarship to push the reader. His is not a simple recitation of how to act when faced with difficulties — not a ...

The Compass of Now Many books on the healing power of meditation belabor the importance of breathing and focused practice. In her new book, DDnard — the popular name of a spiritual guru in Thailand — concentrates instead on Buddhist parables. As DDnard explains in The Compass of Now: How One ...

The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life Surrendering to a simpler life can be frightening or stressful — even inconceivable.  Consider an average day. Multitasking and over-performing are more a requisite than an ideal, as is maintaining competitive advantages just so you can pay your rent. Competition is everywhere we look, in fact, ...

Rethink How You Think: How to Create Lasting Change Today For a science-informed book on self-improvement, Rethink How You Think can be both illuminating and confounding. The primary reason is its splicing of science and religion: two camps perennially at odds. However, this is not the kind of book that has been somewhat in vogue ...

Book Review: Lifting the Veil When I began reading Lifting the Veil, it seemed clear that the main theme was dissociative identity disorder — previously and popularly known as multiple personality disorder. The book appears to be a first-hand account of one therapist’s experience in treating a complicated patient. It is ...

Being You, Changing the World So you’re having a bad time of it. Well, perhaps you should “demand of the Universe: Either my life completely changes or I am out of here.” If you are truly serious, then plan for your ousting. “I even set a date, 6 months in the ...

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment & the Developing Social Brain I had barely started this book and was already recommending it to friends and colleagues. Early in the second edition of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, psychology professor and private practitioner Louis Cozolino challenges traditional Western philosophy of the lone and separate individual. As Cozolino writes, ...

Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we ...

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 a neighborhood feline — just as the interloping cat tries ...

One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern LifeRegardless 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 Horowitz takes us into the history of the movement, exploring ...

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 American South, I found Bloch’s story particularly interesting. Not only ...

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 teacher and priest, helps us get through these problems. Hamilton ...

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