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Topic: Helpful books and resources

  1. SPOONO
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    15 December 2018

    This is not a book it's a fellow on YouTube who is most helpful in teaching mindfulness and dealing with anxiety and depression, and! the results of having these conditions. His name is Noah Elkrief if you enter his name in the search box on YouTube you will find a stack of helpful articles. His service is free, so go for it. I have found him a godsend.

    Cheers

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  2. Rabbit33
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    I really enjoy the self-help and self-development books. They have been a huge support for me throughout my journey with depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues.

    Although i've only recently started using the self-help books methods, a few of my favourites are;

    - Feel the fear and beyond by Susan Jeffers. It's a book that really speaks to you and gets you involved, It says "To read this book is eye-opening, to USE this book is life-changing' . I think it's a great book for people to use.

    - Staying on the path by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. - This book is filled with inspirational quotes and is quote liberating and a big eye opener for people lacking confidence.

    - The little book of confidence. It's part of the 'Little series' edited by Tiddy Rowan and also provides inspirational quotes and reminders that really empower you.

    I've gone and bought myself a whiteboard that attaches to the fridge and each day i read out 10-20 quotes and i pick my favourite one and write it down on the whiteboard. It helps me stay motivated, keeps me focused and is a good way to inspire myself each day and help build my confidence. Not sure if this would help anyone else but thought i'd share with you one of my little tricks.

    Great post! Keep it going. :)

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  3. IreneM
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    4 January 2019 in reply to Kazzl

    HI Kazz

    Great Post.

    Now that I am working towards becoming a therapist I must support the two that you mentioned for Health Professionals on General Mental Health.

    psychologytoday and simplypsychology

    I like to support both of these but they are not just for Psych therapists they are for everyone!

    If your therapist says something that does not make sense I highly recommend these two sites for a general explanation. Lets take stress for example - if you type it into a search engine and one of these two sites is on the list - go for these ones they are very simple to understand!

    Irene.

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  4. RicardoD
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    Just read 'Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends Upon It' by Kamal Ravikant - short, simple and helps you love yourself, something I struggle with but trying to get there.

    I also read James and Claudia Altichur's 'The Power of No' but have mixed reviews on that one. . . some good bits around simply saying no to the things you don't want to do and get no benefit from, for me not so much around the divinity aspect, of higher energies etc but each to their own! :-)

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  5. Carer07
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    Hi All,

    Great thread! I have found books and online resources to be such a big help during my journey of self-development and self-love. Here are some of my self-development and inspiring faves I have recently read:

    My apologies - I couldn't figure out how to write in bold through the forum..

    Schizophrenia: January First’ a memoir by Michael Schofield

    Disability/Disfigurement: ‘Not Fade Away’ a memoir by Rebecca Alexander – Very inspiring memoir of her not letting her disabilities stop her from achieving her goals.

    ‘Ugly’ by Robert Hoge

    Quote: “…Resilience is the by-product of working through really difficult times and seeing them as great opportunities to learn and grow.” – Daniela Di Toro

    Self-love: ‘You Are Enough’ by Cassie Mendoza-Jones

    ‘You Were Not Born to Suffer’ by Blake Bauer

    ‘The Goddess Resolution’ by Mel Wells – this a good read for people who struggle with diet mentality or eating disorders

    Psychology: ‘Change Your Thinking: Overcome Stress, Anxiety & Depression, and Improve Your Life with CBT’ by Sarah Edelman

    ‘Reach Your Goals: Without Stressing Out’ by Chantal Hofstee

    Meditation & Awareness: ‘The Heart Sutra’ by Osho

    I hope you find these as enlightening, inspiring, and soul-loving as I have. :)

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  6. Moonstruck
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    4 March 2019 in reply to Carer07

    I recently found website Tiny Buddha and some of their blogs very very helpful to me. I just googled up Tiny Buddha plus the topic I wanted...and found a wealth of supportive blogs from great people......some phrases were highlighted in their writings, clicking on those leads to another blog expanding on that phrase...and so on........It worked for me.....

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  7. quirkywords
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    5 March 2019 in reply to Moonstruck

    Moon,
    I have seen their posts on FB and their FB page and agree they have many interesting quotes.

    I will look at their website.

    Thanks for letting us know and I hope you are caring for yourself.

    Quirky


  8. Rabbit33
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    18 March 2019

    I recently just finished a book called 'The Velvet Rage' - Overcoming the pain of growing up gay in a straight man's world', written by Alan Downs
    I found this book amazing and strongly recommend it to other gay men out there either struggling, identifying or simply just coming to terms with themselves and the community. Very helpful and a great insight.

    Great read!!!

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  9. Croix
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    29 April 2019

    Croix

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    29 April 2019 in reply to Kazzl

    Hi Kazz and others,

    A couple of books I have found to be very helpful over the years of my life are the following:

    "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus" (1992) written by American author and relationship counselor John Gray. It helps to explain the ways in which men and women think and respond to each other, and why. Very insightful.

    "When bad things happen to good people" (2004) by Harold Kushner, Jewish Rabbi. ...... I (Soberlicious - or you can call me Mel) got this book when both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer within six months of each other. My Dad had a very serious brain tumor and melanoma, and my Mum had bowel cancer. The thing I liked about this book is that it didn't seem to be 'too religious'. Well, not for me anyway. I found some very comforting words in there for what I was going through at the time.

    There are a great many other self-help books out there, but these two are two that I find myself going back to time and again.

    Oh, another on is called "Courage to Heal" which is for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. There are two female authors, but other than that I can't remember what year it was published, or the names of the authors. But it is another one that I went back to a number of times. I have since given it away, I think. I've got a feeling that it's a good 20 to 25 years old by now. But a great book for those looking for help with how to survive and thrive after the abuse.

    Anyway, that's all I got for now. Cheerio and sweet dreams. xo

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    30 April 2019 in reply to Soberlicious96

    Soberlicious,

    I read that book When bad things happen to good people ages ago but I kept getting it around the wrong way . I found it helpful because the author had a son who was ill so he could talk from personal experience. he has written other books too.

    Quirky

  12. kab06
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    Hi all ,

    New here so not to sure how this works but I just stumbled across this thread.

    My friend shared a book with me a couple of months ago and it gives me such a sense of motivation (also a video on youtube) "Make your bed" Admiral William H Raven.

    Would recommend purchasing or watching the shorts on youtube!!

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  13. Croix
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    30 April 2019 in reply to Soberlicious96

    Dear Mel~

    I read Men are from Mars, women are from Venus in the early 90's and while I'm not sure men and women are quite as different as Mr Gray suggest I did read one most important thing that has stayed with me ever since.

    I'd always have an in-built desire to 'fix' things for my partner when she related trouble she was having, or have been overwhelmed by motherhood, working and all.When I could not I'd feel frustrated and maybe even guilty.

    I leaned this instinct is not always that appropriate, and rushing off to fix things can simply make matters worse. Listening is what is needed, then maybe a bit of fixing later if appropriate

    Croix

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    1 May 2019 in reply to Croix
    A while ago I read a book called Weight Expectations: one man's recovery from anorexia by Dave Chawner. He also did a Ted talk on his anorexia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqbL-UhhyPk) He is a comedian so his ted talk is more on the comedy side and his book, although no serious, isn't as comedic. I found both approaches easy to digest and something my short attention span could handle
  15. Billyc
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    2 May 2019 in reply to SourceShield

    Hey Source

    I have

    The Prophet,

    its an ideal way of being but as I try to put it into practice , I’m finding it somewhat utopian as we live in a capitalist society which creates obsitcles... either that or I just haven’t met the right person yet!

    I have a movie...

    Sunshine of the spotless mind..

    Nothing quite like losing your memories with a quick fix sometime...

    cheers

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    18 May 2019 in reply to kab06

    Hello Kab06 and welcome to the forums too.

    That book sounds interesting. May I ask is it a self help style book or following someone's story kind of book? I'm curious to hear more about it from your point of view seeing as motivation is in short supply for me also.

    Hope you keep joining in 😊.

    Nat

  17. quirkywords
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    18 May 2019 in reply to kab06

    Kabob, I too welcome you and find your book interesting. I will definitely look it up.I8 also would like to find out why you like the book.

    ms Purple I will look at your suggestions too.

    Quirky

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  18. Booklover17
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    18 June 2019 in reply to Kazzl

    Hello everyone,

    Last night I found this online article written by Jonathan S Abramowitz called Physiology of anxiety. Just google it and it will come up. It comes up as ‘Physiology of anxiety and panic.’ He is a Professor at UNC and reading this article helped me understand anxiety so much more in that it is not only mental but also physical and behavioural. It made me realise I am not going crazy. I can’t tell you all how relieved I am after reading this.

  19. Mummakins
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    23 June 2019 in reply to 16sundayz

    I am a book-aholic. I have many books but still need to read many of them. I have lots of self help books and non fiction and biographical books.

    Will need to make a list to post

  20. Rabbit33
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    I'm not sure if someone has already included in this book or not, but i recently purchased a new book and i am OBSESSED!!! So reassuring, empowering and a great insight!

    Book is called ' The secret Language of Birthdays'
    - By Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

    It is based on astrology and has a personology profile for each day of the year.
    IT IS AMAZING HOW ACCURATE IT IS :)

    If you're feeling down, sad, unsure, misjudged, mislead or just want something interesting to read, i HIGHLY recommend it!

  21. Alexlisa
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    Hello everyone.

    I’ve been doing some reading recently on Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and also childhood neglect. There are a couple of books that I’ve found immensely helpful, so I thought I’d leave them here.

    “Complex PTSD: From surviving to thriving” by Pete Walker. He also has a large amount of information on his website. I found it helped me to make sense of a lot of the seemingly disparate symptoms that I experience. It helped me see that I’m not ‘crazy’ and overwhelmed with issues, but that they are part of one condition.

    ”It Wasn’t Your Fault” by Beverly Engel. It helped to lift some of the self-blame and shame that I felt about the trauma I experienced as a child. It has helped me to develop more self-kindness and perspective on what I went through.

    I hope this is helpful to someone ☺️

    Alexlisa

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    12 October 2019 in reply to Rabbit33

    Hello all

    rabbit,

    I Like that book too and find it fascinating.

    Mummakins, I have shelves of self help books, I am reading one about memory

    but I keep forgetting where Iput it.

    learn to rem ember

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    12 October 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Sorry it posted to early.

    the book is “Learn to Remember by Dominic O’Brien

    Quirky

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    Hi,

    I have mentioned this book a couple of times on the forums, so I wanted to mention it here too.

    Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant.

    Basically, it’s a very practical book about how to cope after dealing with tragedy, trauma or loss.

    It stemmed from Sandberg’s own loss and Grant was a friend (who’s also a psychologist) who helped her find her feet again. There are also other stories about how people moved forward after their own personal tragedies...

    I really liked this book and it has helped me a lot, so I wanted to share this gem with all of you :)

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  25. quirkywords
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    21 November 2019 in reply to Peppermintbach

    Thanks peppermint,

    It sounds like an interesting book.

    The little books of resilience written by Matthew Johnstone the same author as I had a black dog.

    great illustrations and text for both books. They are a classic to me and are very easy and visual.

    have used the books to explain concepts about depression to children.

    Quirky

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    22 November 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi quirky and all,

    Thank you. It’s a practical and relatable book in my opinion, with concrete real life examples.

    The Little Books of Resilience that you mentioned sound very helpful. What a great idea for both adults and children alike :)

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    10 March 2020 in reply to Kazzl
    Has anyone found, “Think And Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill beneficial?
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    13 May 2020 in reply to IreneM
    IreneM said:

    HI Kazz

    Great Post.

    Now that I am working towards becoming a therapist I must support the two that you mentioned for Health Professionals on General Mental Health.

    psychologytoday and simplypsychology

    I like to support both of these but they are not just for Psych therapists they are for everyone!

    If your therapist says something that does not make sense I highly recommend these two sites for a general explanation. Lets take stress for example - if you type it into a search engine and one of these two sites is on the list - go for these ones they are very simple to understand!

    Irene.

    Our local library has Psychology Today Mags and they've got lovely articles.
    EM

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    26 May 2020 in reply to 16sundayz

    Hi Guys,

    I thought I'd share the book that keeps me grounded, called A Course in Miracles.

    I'm only 49% through the book and have been reading it as I need it since, June 2019.

    I urge you to watch videos on it on YouTube or read up on it on Google.

    It is a book that give substance to spirituality.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Doz

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    Thanks, Doz86 for sharing :)

    For anyone interested in trauma recovry, I recently spoke to someone at 1800 RESPECT who told be about Dr. Peter Levine, a world trauma expert. I've enjoyed his talks on Youtube about trauma. He is in his 70s and really seems to have a firm grasp and understanding on the workings of trauma.
    It was just nice to see someone who has years of knowledge in this field.
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