Mental Health Books
On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of PsychotherapyGet It
When I was in grad school for social work, I read as much as I could. I read 89 books in my first year of school, and this was one of the books that had the biggest impact on me. Rogers created the Person-Centered Approach, and I think about his teachings often.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World TravelGet It
I learned about this book from Tim Ferriss, who has inspired me in a huge way. Ferriss has had one of the top podcasts in the world for years, and he's introduced me to so many fascinating ideas and people. Don't be a tourist, be a traveler and student of the world.
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things DoneGet It
Ok, you may not want to read a management book. But, if you can give Drucker a chance, you will learn so much about managing yourself and your time well.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two CulturesGet It
I had to read this in grad school when I was getting my degree in social work. It's a fascinating and heartbreaking true story about what happens when cultures clash. You will become a better, more understanding person if you read this and internalize its messages.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityGet It
This is the book that sparked my interest in personal development and productivity. The idea that there's a foolproof way to handle information and tasks changed my understanding of productivity forever. Years later, I don't follow the Getting Things Done method with absolute fidelity anymore, but I still use many of the tactics and principles.
How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on ServiceGet It
I really enjoyed this. If you are a super feeler like I am, you may frequently wonder how you can most be of service to others. This book will give you plenty of good ideas. Oddly, I had this book in my hand when I learned of Ram Dass' passing. Very eerie.
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal RenewalGet It
Really, really good. This book will change how you think about productivity. Learn how to manage your energy instead of your time.
The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and LongingGet It
I'm not convinced that Rumi was actually human. I think he was an otherworldly being that just so happened to bestow his mesmerizing words on the world. Such beautiful, thought-provoking poetry.
Your Money or Your LifeGet It
This is the best book about money I've ever read. You may not need as much money as you think. Go through the process the authors share, your life will change for the better. I'm serious.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On ItGet It
This isn't just a book about negotiation. It's also a book about empathy. Learn how to advocate for yourself in all areas of your life.
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big TechGet It
If you use Google, Amazon, or Facebook, you need to read this. The writing style is a bit flowery at times (pull out those SAT vocabulary flashcards!) but it's a really well written description of how Big Tech is taking over your life.
In Search of HappinessGet It
Poetry has a way of connecting directly to the heart, and that's especially true with this poetry book about mental health and mental illness. It's too simplistic to label this as depression poetry or anxiety poetry--this is poetry about what it means to be a human being struggling and coping with everyday mental health issues. This is self-love poetry. This is poetry for people who don't like poetry or have never even read it before