Good Reads

This is a list of some of the books I have read over the past year and half, all of which I would recommend if you are interested in personal growth. The ones by Irving Yalom (an Amercian psychotherapist of the existential psychology model) are particularly entertaining as he tells stories about real (and sometimes fictional) therapeutic encounters with clients. Apart from providing amazing insight into the practice of psychotherapy, he is honest, open and funny. Recommended!

Some of these are classics, such as Victor Frankl`s Man`s Search for Meaning (really inspiring) and Carl Roger`s On Becoming a Person.

The book on Budhism was not really my thing, but others (such as my sister!), have found it inspiring.

Stumbling on Happiness is not necessarily an easy read, but the author has a great sense of humour which makes it really enjoyable. It`s an eye-opener of a book. Here`s the list :

On Death and DyingElisabeth Kubler-Ross

Man`s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl

Love`s Executioner – Irving Yalom

Lying on the Couch – Irving Yalom

The Gift of Therapy – Irving Yalom

Momma and the Meaning of Life – Irving Yalom

Staring at the Sun – Irving Yalom

On Becoming a Person – Carl Rogers

Budhism Plain and Simple – Steve Hagen

Becoming Real, Journey to Authenticity – David Irvin

The Shadow Effect – Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford

Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration – On the Web

Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert


4 Responses to Good Reads

  1. Les Carner says:

    I like this blog very much, Its a real nice billet to read and get info. “Strain every nerve to gain your point.” by Cicero.

  2. gnatseyeview says:

    Some good books! Yalom is great–he was quite influenced by Ernest Becker, but writes in a much more accessible way. Have you come across the novel “Shantaram” (D. Roberts)? Great piece of existential fiction.

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