RECOMMENDED BOOKS

DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD 

BY ALICE MILLER

This book examines childhood trauma and the enduring effects it has on an individual's management of repressed anger and pain.

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Using extensive interviews with people from ages twenty-five to seventy, Isay shows that we’re far from alone in our struggles to make this new, adult relationship work. She offers up groundbreaking insights and deeply moving stories that will inspire those in even the toughest situations.

This wonderful book describes very well the subtleness of how to identify unhealthy patterns, and what to do about it.

MOTHER HUNGER 

BY KELLY MCDANIEL 

Many of us find ourselves stuck in unhealthy habits simply because we don't see a better way. With Mother Hunger, McDaniel helps women break the cycle of destructive behavior by taking a fresh look at childhood trauma and its lasting impact. In doing so, she destigmatizes the shame that comes with being under-mothered and misdiagnosed. McDaniel offers a healing path with powerful tools that include therapeutic interventions and lifestyle changes in service to healthy relationships.

THE ART OF LOVING

BY ERIC FROMM 

A philosophical journey into all of the ways we love, and what happens when it's amiss. A literary classic.

This book does not need a description. Just, read it.

Eloquently details the impact of the sudden loss of her spouse. I think this book can be healing in that it's validating. Grief does not make any sense at first, or maybe ever, and neither did her experience.

Clinical social worker and psychotherapist Sandy Hotchkiss shows you how to cope with controlling, egotistical people who are incapable of the fundamental give-and-take that sustains healthy relationships.

Do you feel confused and exhausted by a relationship, and you can’t figure out why? Do you feel like you can’t think straight, and the person in your life seems fine, so you wonder if maybe you are the problem? Has someone mentioned you might be with a narcissist, or you wonder yourself, and when you research narcissism, they don’t seem to completely fit the description, although some of the traits do ring true? READ THIS BOOK!

THE SOCIOPATH NEXTDOOR 

BY MARTHA STOUT, PHD

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

From Dr. Martha Stout’s influential work The Sociopath Next Door, we learned how to identify a sociopath. Now she tells us what we actually can do about it.“Mandatory reading on how to effectively deal with sociopaths before you get hurt.”—Joe Navarro, former FBI special agent and the author of Dangerous Personalities