Select list of ‘Self Development Books’ Oct 2018

The insights and practical suggestions from these remarkable books helped people in their twenties to sixties change their thinking and get out of stressful situations. Reading them once, is not enough, as the authors’ suggestions run counter to current beliefs and habits. I have been listening to my favorite audio books in my car repeatedly, till the next sentence comes to my mind as I come to the end of the current sentence. Even then, my mind fights the radically different ideas of the authors. After many months of listening, I feel some of the new ideas flashing at the back of my mind, in relevant situations and slightly influencing my thinking, speech and behavior.

Clicking on the author’s names will take you to the author’s page in, to see the other books by that author.

Prices shown are for used hard copies from including shipping. Wherever available, links to free online summaries of the books are provided.

I recommend to borrow the book of your interest from your local library and then decide whether you want to buy it for your own collection or to gift them to your friends or family.

Xavier Amodore

I am right, You are wrong, Now what? – Break the impasse and get what you want $17

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to talk so teens listen and listen so teens talk $8

How to talk so kids listen and listen so kids talk – 20th anniversary edition $8

Mark Goulston

Just listen – Discover the secret to get through to absolutely anyone $8.     Summary of chapters

Talking to crazy – How to deal with the irrational and impossible people in your life $12    Review

Susan Forward

Emotional blackmail – When the people in your life use fear, obligation and guilt to manipulate you $8. Review by a therapist 11 pages

Toxic parents – Overcoming their hurtful legacy and reclaiming your life $6    Book summary

Men who hate women and women who love them – When loving hurts and you don’t know why $5

Mothers who can’t love – A healing guide for daughters $8

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny,  Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Crucial conversations  – Tools for talking when stakes are high $9. Wikisummaries

Crucial confrontations – Tools for resolving broken promises, violated expectations and bad behavior $5  Executive book Summary

Karl Pellimer

30 lessons for loving – Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage $15.

30 Lessons for living – Tried and true advice from the wisest Americans $6

Gary Chapman (Author of series of books on using the 5 love languages approach)

The 5 love languages – The secret to love that lasts by Gary Chapman $8. 

Harriet Lerner 

The dance of anger – A woman’s guide to changing the pattern of intimate relationships $9

The dance of connection – How to Talk to Someone When You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate $5

Harriet B. Braiker

Who is pulling your strings  – How to break the cycle of manipulation and regain control of your life $8

The disease to please – Curing the people pleasing syndrome $6

Mark Wolynn

It didn’t start with you – How inherited family trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle $13

Jay Earley

Self-therapy: A step by step guide to creating wholeness and healing your inner child using IF, a new cutting edge psychotherapy $21

Other authors

Children of the aging self absorbed – A grown-up’s guide to getting over narcissistic parents – Protecting yourself, letting go of old patterns and building a new sense of self by Nina W. Brown $10

The power of positive confrontation – The skills you need to handle conflicts at work, at home, online and in life by Barbara Pachter $12

Emotional vampires – Dealing with people who drain you dry by Albert J, Bernstein  $4 

Invisible chains – Overcoming coercive control in your intimate relationships by Lisa Aronson Fontes $13

Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life by Henry Cloud & John Townsend $5

Women with controlling partners by Carol A. Lambert $13

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