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Topic: Helpful books and resources

  1. Sleepy21
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    26 May 2020
    Also the Ted Talk on Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff. I liked it because she gives some practical examples of how to practise self compassion.
    I was so lost and unable to love myself. This helped me a little. It is just really an introduction although I dont think I fully grasped the concepts until years later. Still a great reminder and intro from a respected researcher who has some lived experience with struggle and challenge
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  2. fred4761
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    26 May 2020
    Two books that I have been reading are The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk - it is all about the effects that trauma has on the mind and body and strategies to overcome it. I found it a bit full on at times and I had to put it down then come back to it later but overall it is very informative and helpful. I have also been reading Getting Past Your Past which is written by the therapist who invented EMDR therapy. It has lots of different strategies that you can use to help move on from past events.
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  3. Sleepy21
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    Thank you Fred the Body Keeps the Score is truly a great book on trauma. Have heard of Getting Past Your Past, also - very interesting.
    Anyone read The Happiness Trap? I've dipped into it and enjoyed.
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  4. ecomama
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    3 July 2020 in reply to Sleepy21

    LOVE Kristen Neff!
    Thankyou Sleepy for putting her name on my thread, she has really helped me so much! And you have too...what's your book's name? And I'm not joking.

    I sent the Happiness Trap to my bf in the U.S. and he loved it. Pretty cute book, I like it. My neighbour had about 8 copies and kindly let me borrow one 🤣😂 I'm loving emojis lol.

    Last Sunday I bought "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. I read the whole book the same day, it's not long. LIKE it very much. I also bought the CDs and gave them to my eldest D who had thrown a tanty that weekend. She listens to podcasts etc alot and she was glad to have it.

    You can get to a point, when reading alot of these types of books that they feel very repetitive - or repeating what you've already read elsewhere. Which is good I guess.

    I AM LOVE LOVE LOVING "You are the Placebo" By Dr Joe Dispenza, seriously I CANNOT get enough of this man's work! OMG he explains the difficult time between leaving our mental health issues behind and becoming well. NO ONE else has been able to explain why I felt SO WEIRD recently, the intensive therapy and homework ugh is really working. Such a New World - pun intended lol.
    Joe did.
    And it can be so easy to slip back into the known.
    Once my days were going well, my dreams or nightmares began - it was my body needing it's "fix".

    But Dr Joe's Meditation CDs have worked really well here.

    Love EM

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