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Are You Into Shelf-Development? Monday June 12, 2017


"Osmosis," is the word for me! Somehow, I imagine that being in the proximity of books will enable their wisdom to transfer across the semi-permeable membrane of my brain so that I can become smarter without physically reading them!


Now, of course I know that's ridiculous but the truth is I'd still rather live in a house full of books even if I never get round to reading them. I feel good around books. I even post pictures of libraries and bookshelves on Pinterest!

Recently, a couple of good friends, John and Bronwen have mentioned 'Shelf-Development' - and the play on words tickled my imagination (can you hear it giggling?) Most people don't read beyond the first chapter of any self-development book they read, they leave them on the shelf - hence being into 'Shelf-Development'! Those who do read their books, rarely take the action they'll need to to get the same results the author is promoting.

Getting great results is R.A.R.E.

Read + Act + Repeat + Excel

The path to excellence can often begin with reading, and then just listen to the beautiful definition of 'Excel'

"To be exceptionally good at or proficient in an activity or subject"

I've got a gentle and easy challenge for you: take a look at your books - the ones you have promised yourself you're going to get around to reading - and just choose one!

Done that? Excellent!

Now, stage two, if you're up for it, is to just read one chapter today!

That'll move you from Shelf-Development to Self-Development!

My requests are like busses, they come in threes! Stage three is very dear to me and the community of Moodscope Users. Over the years, many of you have shared titles of books that have made a difference to you. I'd like to gather a list of those titles below. Would you share yours?

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Molly Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 12:26am

I'm not good at finishing a book, I often start it but if it doesn't grab me, it kind of gets left, although I have just finished one (but the ending was disappointing). I like a good ending to a book! Apart from self help books, I have not read as much as I would have liked to but I think I would recommend 'The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time' and 'The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce' Molly xx

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:00am

Thanks Molly - I've often been drawn towards, "The Curious Incident..." but haven't take action, until today! xx

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:44am

Great book and great play. You are in for a treat Lex.

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:25am

I hadn't read it but took my kids to see the play this year, it was excellent. I was fascinated how each of my children related to the main character slightly differently.

Molly Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 1:17pm

I have also seen the play - it was brilliant. Hope you enjoy the book Lex xx

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:05pm

Sounds like a book and a play, then, but which first? xx

Molly Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:56pm

THe book was first Lex, the play more recent xx

Jane SG Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 7:20pm

An excellent book

Nicco Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 4:07pm

My daughter introduced me to the book, and then we went to see the play together. I found both most interesting & enjoyable.

Sarah Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:24am

I was never good at reading books until I discovered the Audible app! I now have amazing self help books that have helped me immeasurably - as good as counselling for me... I listen to my books every day during my 1hr walk (a select few at least 3 times!).... I highly recommend!

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:01am

You're not alone on loving the audio versions, Sarah - my car is my university. Do you have any recommendations for titles to begin with?

Becky Thu, Jun 15th 2017 @ 12:04am

Me too. Visual impairment was the impetus but now audiobooks are a choice as much as a necessity. Lie down and listen, sew and listen, travel and listen, wash up and listen. And thousands and thousands of books to choose from now. Love it.

Linda Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:26am

This made me chuckle! It was spot on as far as my house as I have books everywhere, I mean literally piled up next to the bed waiting for attention,....the thing is I am going to write a novel; a long held dream!
I need to research the subject so have been to the library recently & got 11 books out, ( 11 is nothing compared to those of my own) ! they are due back soon and I've only read 1 -slow for me.
The reason for this is not that I am in that dark place that I can't read, it's because I'm super happy euphoric at the moment and busy in the garden, started a new job, and been socialising with old friends! Totally recommend this mood it's a life saver!
I loved your post, and am going to act on it and start looking at those books and allocate time for my novel, thank you, I really enjoy and resonate with all your posts !

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:05am

Thank you, Linda... and knowing you're in a super happy euphoric place gave my spirit a lift. Do you mind map? I have many friends who are getting going in writing, so I made this for one of them: Might be a catalyst! Loving the sound of your house - "The House of Books"!

Lou Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:37am

This blog really resonated with me as I am a fellow bibliophile with a large and? ever growing to read pile as well as a tendency towards self-help books. I am going to take your advice and give the current self book-help I have been reading off and on for while a proper go today (Overcoming Worry). In the meantime may I suggest the following for your list of books: The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management by Steve Peters and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:10am

Thanks, Lou! Enjoyed, "The Chimp Paradox," and haven't finished it yet. Actually, went on the Covey programme in the end, and really enjoyed it. Beginning with the end in mind is now an important part of the learning that has become personal to me. Of course, today, we're talking about sharpening the saw. (For those reading who haven't yet benefited from Covey's insights - these two are taught in the method.)

Hopeful One Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:04am

Hi Lex-thanks for an interesting blog. I avoid any self help book with starts with 'Your problem solved in ...... one can nominate the number of steps".What do I do if the predicted changes don't happen? The one book I have read from cover to cover many many many times and that helped me most was

Andy Puddicombe " Getsomeheadspace".To truly benefit from it one needs persistence, determination dedication and application.Andy is completely vindicated in his claim that the change it brings about is is'subtle,intangible and profound'

And of course my own theory LCBT ... here is the L.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond on his farm. He grabbed a bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard women's voices shouting and laughing . When he came closer, he realised it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence by rattling his bucket.They retired to the deep to shield themselves. One of them shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave! "The old man frowned and replied, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked." Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm here to feed the alligator."

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:06am

I have Andy's book and haven't finished it! I think, dear Hopeful One, I need to practice what I wrote, don't you? Off to get it off the shelf now! Might be sharing your joke too!

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:26am

Second vote for Andy here! Lex, the audio one is good, his voice very 'listenable'.

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:28am

Love today's offering HO! :-D

Orangeblossom Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:18am

Hi Lex, I feel the same about books as you do. I have two large piles by my bedside which I am steadily working through. The good book that I would like to mention, which I read a few years ago, is M. Scott Peck's A Road Less Travelled which I could read again. T'other is by Mitch Alboum but I can't remember the title. Shall look it up and let you know. Finished reading both and found both influential & a positive influence.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:07pm

What a powerful metaphor, the Road Less Travelled is, dear Orangeblossom - thank you for the recommendation and for Mitch below...

Orangeblossom Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:43am

The Book by Mitch Album that I mentioned is Tuesdays with Morris. It was seven years ago that I read it but thoroughly enjoyed it. I may have gained more than information from both these books, some insights as well. I love Andy Puddycombe's voice & am registered on Headspace but haven't been on their website for awhile. Thanks Hopeful One, you have provided me with the impetus to resume my Headspace Journey.

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:29am

I adored Tuesdays with Morrie! Must dig it out for a re read, thank you for the reminder x.

Anne Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:24pm

Awesome book Orangeblossom - loved it, gave me hope :-)

Eva Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:11am

Lex, my delight! During this fatigue recuperation I have read and slept and slept and read. Now I am back painting I am back listening to audible but I'm going to keep making time for real reading too. I'm currently listening to catch 22,awesome.

Self help books which helped me...

Full Catastrophe Living by John Kabat Zinn was my lifeline in my last significant anxiety related depression, I read it, did the 8 week course within and have been practicing yoga and meditation ever since, sometimes more sometimes less.

How to master anxiety, and How to lift depression both produced by the Human Givens organisation (available on Amazon) these gave me a practical and biological basis of understanding which helped me enormously, particularly with the anxiety, I have not had a panic attack since.

I am looking for recommendations on a good basic history of WW2, if anyone has them, I didn't study this at school and would like to fill in the gaps.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:08pm

Hi Eva, looks like I'll be hitting the library, along with many others Moodscopers. Excellent 'shares' today! Thank you!

Sue Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 5:16pm

Yes, I agree with how to lift depression. As well as reading it myself, have given a copy to several people. And of course 'feel the fear and do it anyway' - on the shelf for re-reading when anxiety hits.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:29pm

Thanks, Sue - it's good to know which titles get multiple endorsements from Moodscopers

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:38am

Hi Lex
This struck me as one to answer with my first thoughts without reading the other comments. My helpful books:
Feeling good David M Burns (or the Feeling good handbook which is the current edition which I am not quite so keen on) - covers depression and CBT
Hold your head up high, Paul Hauck - covers assertiveness
The Bipolar workbook- Monica Ramirez Basco
and The compassionate mind (and workbook) Paul Gilbert

It would be great if someone at Moodscope could compile the list of books to keep online for us and any categorisation by subject/links through to original recommendations/descriptions would be really helpful.

I loved shelf development by the way. I think we must share a sense of humour. I will read the other comments now. Love TF x

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:11pm

Hi Tutti Frutti, fab recommendations. Except I was feeling naughty and thought to myself, "If I'd written 'The Bipolar Workbook', I'd have made it so you could read it from both ends!" Is that naughty, or a good idea?

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:41am

PS Lex I hope you are feeling OK. I realise that my comment about feedback on your last blog may have been a bit blunt. It? certainly wasn't meant to be at all harsh. Go well. Love and hugs TF xoxo

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:11pm

Might have missed the feedback... I shall revert!

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:47am

Oh Lex, me too! Personally, the book which has most helped me is the 7 habits. I have a pile of reference and recommended books by my bed, but still end up reading romance, detection and romantic thrillers by favourite authors. I would recommend the curious incident of the dog... also, a recent and just lovely find, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." This also deals with the second world war, although it is not an history.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:13pm

I think my reading list is now growing beautifully for the next few months - and I sense many will join me in diving into these delicious suggestions! Thanks, Mary!

The Gardener Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:59am

Books, Lex, temptation to go for ever. Cannot imagine a house without books, and not as wallpaper. Mr G has always loved booked - even in his current state he likes them about. When I took over the shop to convert I inherited a 4-5 metre shop display cabinet - brilliant because the shelves are all adjustable. It has huge books, photo albums, collections of books, encyclopaedias - mixed with special china - everybody goes 'wow'. In the other house we probably had 4,000 books - for my history research I had a monolithic bookcase just for the collection of (expensive) reference books only usually found in universities. I read, eventually, Dr Zhivago, could NOT see what all the fuss was about (perhaps the film was the more famous, never seen it). Just read 'Quiet flows the Don'. Before the election I read Jeremy Paxman's 'The Political Animal, Chapman Pincher on security problems and re-read 'Corridors of Power' - like the French 'plus ca change'. Like, history repeats itself. I respect books where the research is so good - Wilbur Smith, Arthur Hailey, Jilly Cooper - none great literature, but respect for their research. Best 'Social History' John Galsworthy Forsyte Saga. Reading Matthew Parris auto-biography, more politics. Addict of anything by or about the Mitford Sisters

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:15pm

This is a library in itself and an interesting window on the soul of many Moodscopers. Thank you for opening up your windows too, dear Gardener.

The Gardener Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:00am

Don't know if any of you maddened your mothers by reading with your fingers stuck in your ears to avoid blandishments to help with the housework?

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:14pm

Guilty! ;0)

Claire Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:24am

The Power of Now by Neil Fiore - I have this on Audible and aside from the slightly annoying American accent have listened to this a couple of times now. Every time I feel myself lapsing into 'Lazy' mode I have another listen and it gives me the kick I need :)

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:15pm

Spookily recommended twice to me today... I must listen!

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:35am

I very often find children's books hold the most wisdom for me. I loved What To Do When You Worry Too Much, Dawn Huebner. I read it with my son a few years ago but we each still refer back to it. When the mind is racing and full, it is an easy read to guide you back to earth. I often need the simplicity of writing for a child's mind. Hello all, love ratg x.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:16pm

I think a wise person once suggested the kingdom of heaven belongs to those with a child's perceptive approach to life! x Not only do I love Children's books, I wish to write them. I shall check out your suggestion.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 1:41pm

Hi ratg, after reading this I ordered this book and my daughter, who is 12, has just started reading it to me! Role reversal! We are both stuck at home today with a tummy bug

the room above the garage Wed, Jun 14th 2017 @ 9:45am

Aw it's a pity about the tummy bug but I'm glad you have the book! My son is almost 13 and still struggles, we find this book far easier than wading through the chapter books designed for the teenage years. It's the same messages but who needs more detail when anxious?!!? :-) I hope today finds you both a bit better xx.

Adrian Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:53am

Great Lex.
One recommendation is Deepak Chopra 'the 7 spiritual laws of success'. Its a bit hard to read and full of dense verbosity but if you can get past that- the knowledge is profound and life enhancing.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:17pm

Thanks, Adrian - and I really enjoy listening to him. Oooo that Indian accent is like honey! x

Leah Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 11:43am

You have to love a man who does not say you have too many books but says what sort of bookshelf do you want? I am so lucky to have a clever partner who is really into shelf development . My friends have shelf envy!!
My personal shelves and my shop shelves groan with wonderful books begging to be read.
To choose one book is to choose a favourite child.
AS no one else will chose an Australian book I will add The Muddleheaded wombat by Ruth Park to the lust. A delightful book for everyone that follows the adventures of a wombat. Makes me smile.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:19pm

Now, Leah, you've made me literally laugh out loud in delight, not once, but twice from your paragraphs. Firstly, what a wonderful man, and I would like to quote you in a piece of art dedicated to your first sentence. Secondly, you may well have typed 'lust' deliberately instead of 'list' but if it wasn't deliberate, it is equally as brilliant in a Freudian kind of way!!!

Jane SG Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:02pm

I read lust as deliberate! :) x

the room above the garage Wed, Jun 14th 2017 @ 9:47am

Love the paragraph too :-)

The Gardener Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 1:40pm

Leah, list of books or 'lust' for books? I like Ruth Park but have not read the book quoted. Feel absolutely illiterate, have not hear of most of the authors quoted!

The Gardener Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 1:43pm

Required reading for all Heads of State 'On the Beach' by Neville Shute, and as a prediction of what was coming Nicolas Monserrat's 'Richer than all his Tribe'.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:20pm

Got the audio version of 'On the Beach' years ago and was SO moved by it. I'm with the Gardener in recommending this...

Wyvern Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 2:28pm

Just three for starters:
Mental health:- Tim Cantopher's Depressive Illness, the Curse of the Strong. Reading this book got me to realise that I wasn’t the pathetic failure I had thought I was, and gave me hope and some real tools for picking myself up. Bless my eldest boy for giving it to me.
The Harry Potter series.
E. Nesbit stories. I have a 27-title compendium on my e-reader. Great for when I‘m tired. Bed-time stories, yay!
I am rather a bookworm so I could go on for a long time...!

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 3:30pm

Thanks, Wyvern... I will now jump from, "The Railway Children," to, "The Story of the Amulet."

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 3:23pm

Meant to share this: Neil Gaiman on 3 books that changed his life. He said it was the author (C.S.Lewis) and the way he wrote in a conversational way.

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 3:28pm

Plus anyone who can confidently use "Concatonated" in a description deserves respect, "Everything concatenated and spread out from Moorcock..." I had to look it up: concatenate past tense: concatenated; past participle: concatenated link (things) together in a chain or series. What I really liked was that he included those of us who, like me, didn't have a clue what it meant!

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 3:29pm

spelling correction: concatenated

g Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:22pm

it maybe late in the day but the computer said no in the morning - I was unable to log in - must have gotten rusty as I have not been here a long time - but I have to comment as books are my favourite means of acquiring knowledge of any sort , relaxing , subject of my collecting or more appropriately called hoarding - not all the books but the ones that I want to read , - always have a few on the go - or plan to read - later on , on the loo , on the plane , bus , in the line , before falling asleep , eating when I am on my own , waiting for anything , when I retire etc. etc. as to which influenced me the most I do have some not necessarily favourites and it is hard to judge if favourites influenced me a lot at all other then giving me enormous pleasure and ability to live multiple lives , visit many places : geographical and head ones ( places , spaces )
the best self help books are the ones that helped me without me doing nothing else but reading them . the best example of that is the book "Easy Way To Stop Smoking " that one may read whilst smoking. I do not know how it works but it works and I bought many copies and distributed to hardened smokers over the years. It works much better than strong will - I had picked up cigarettes again after many years of not smoking when a weak moment came - or other methods .....Books were not only my education but teachers of manners , principles , courage , dreams , ..... for years and years I did have favourites and the longest time I favoured 100 tears of solitude , I have spent years studying The Bible , I must have mentioned here already a very thin but great book by Victor Frankl about The Meaning Of Life which I was looking for in big encyclopedias . ... I may go on and on as I have so many books that I had to incorporate then into furniture - my bed is made and propped by them , there are piles everywhere ...and I respect them all - no marks , notes between lines or margins , no bent pages hence I hardly ever read a book in the bath smelling them too...

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:32pm

Hi g... you've said something so close to my heart, "...ability to live multiple lives." So profound. Ah, books, books, books - my friends, my companions, and, at last, some one else who admits to smelling them!!!

g Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:26pm

Thank you Lex for this blog and the link . I will check it later .

g Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:26pm

Thank you Lex for this blog and the link . I will check it later .

Freya Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 6:39pm

Oh, so so many books,littered all over the house. The thought of running out of something to read makes me quite panicky. A few books on depression, lots on animal behaviour because of the dogs and horses. Some on riding and other sports. Lots and lots of fiction. I loved Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Ruby Wax's first book Sane New World - I loved the first half, have read it several times, never quite manage the second half, but love the idea of finding your tribe, which I guess is what we have found here on Moodscope xx

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:34pm

...and what an educated tribe we've shown ourselves to be today, Freya! I don't think I'll need another book recommendation for a year!

Jane SG Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 7:21pm

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway - Susan Jeffers

Lex Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 8:34pm

Yes! A must...

Molly Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:44pm

I have several of her books, I like the ones with just quotes that you can open here and there and get an instant 'lift'. When I used to go on holiday, I always took one of her books with me, for a little back up. Usually didn't look at it, but it was there for me, like a bible.

Jane SG Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:51pm

Yes, I dip in and out of feel the fear when I need a pick up

Jane SG Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:52pm

I feel so lonely at the moment. Not sure which book to read when feeling like this

Lex Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 5:57am

Hi Jane SG. Some people find a story book much more comforting when they feel lonely. Particularly if there is a character they can relate to. Hope that will help...

Jane SG Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 6:30am

Thanks Lex. It appears I have a tummy bug which explains why I felt so lie last night. So no work today. I have 'The Far Pavillions' next to my bed which was one of my Mum's favourite books. Will curl up with that today x

Jane SG Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 6:30am

Sorry so 'low' not lie!

A Suitable Handle Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 9:28pm

I'm bookmarking this to peruse the recommendations at length. In the area of self-help, I'm actually pretty good at reading all the way through. And this year, I've been making a more concerted effort on the "act" step. (I do have many many unread books upon my shelves, however.)

Ones that have been especially helpful for me include:
* The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
* SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal
* Getting Things Done by David Allen (not a self-help book, but invaluable to helping me find peace of mind)

Lex Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 5:55am

Hi A Suitable Handle. I'll second, "Getting Things Done," as it really does help with relieving the stress caused by unrealistic commitments.

Anne Mon, Jun 12th 2017 @ 10:32pm

Excellent blog although I am glad I had done my moodscope before I read it, otherwise my "guilt" at all the books I have that I haven't read would have been overwhelming!

Two great books are; "Why am I afraid to tell you who I am" by John Powell, I found it when training as a therapist and it SO spoke to me... There are lots of short quotes that stopped me in my tracks; got me thinking and feeling eg. "To reveal myself openly and honestly takes the rawest kind of courage..."

The other book is Brene Brown, "The Gifts of Imperfection" - if you don't want to read it catch one of her Ted talks e.g.

Enjoy and thanks again - I feel inspired to pick up just one of the books and "dip" into it for more wisdom - cheers x

Lex Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 5:56am

Hi Anne, thanks for the recommendations - I think "Why am I afraid to tell you who I am," is one of those still sitting on my self... off to make friends with it soon...

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 9:20am

Thank you everyone for your contributions to Lex's wonderful post. We will compile a list of books for members reference and add it to the site. Carolinex

Nicco Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 4:22pm

I have sometimes been embarrassed at the amount of books I own, but I openly admit that I just love books. I still have a bookcase full of my old pony books I collected and read avidly as a youngster, and another small bookcase of childhood books - some which I obtained because they were read in class at school. I also have a shelf of crafting books, another shelf of country lifestyle related books, a couple containing the now strangely termed'cosy crime' genre, another of old & antiquarian books, another of gardening & nature books, one with religious books. And... yes, the shelf of what used to be termed 'self-help' books - I have read them all & keep them for reference - it's interesting to read them again after a few years to see how my views, circumstances, etc., have changed & whether those changes have actually been effected by myself (I often pencil notes in the margins).

Two of the best self development books I have read are: 'Conflict - Friend or Foe?' by Joyce Huggett, which is about the creative use of conflict, anger, non-violent conflict resolution, etc; and a book called 'Being Intimate - A Guide to Successful Relationships' by John Amodeo & Kris Wentworth, which looks at lots of different types of relationships and uses a technique called 'focusing' for dealing with everyday stresses. It also has useful chapters on anger & forgiveness.

Thank you for your blog, Lex, & for giving us the chance to share some books we have found helpful.

Becky Thu, Jun 15th 2017 @ 12:08am

So, my recommendation. The Happiness Trap. An actual helpful self help book. Easy to read, in fact quite hard to put down. A therapy I can do on my own, only 2 basic concepts to master, very present-focussed and has really changed my life. Very few books get that accolade from me!

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