Spending Time with Self Help Books

Bookstores offer a dizzying array of self-help books. Unfortunately, some of them present strategies that are based on unproven methods or shoddy science, and others claim instant cures or make unrealistic, outlandish claims. The following is a short list of books that give solid help based on well-researched strategies for alleviating emotional distress. Obviously, these aren't the only good books out there; however, these are ones we most frequently recommend.

i Addiction & Recovery For Dummies by Brian F. Shaw, Paul Ritvo, Jane Irvine, and M. David Lewis (Wiley, 2004)

i Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, by Martin E. P. Seligman (Free Press, 2004)

i Changing For Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward by James O. Prochaska, John C. Norcross, and Carlo C. DiClemente (William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1994)

i Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy, by Thomas E. Ellis and Cory F. Newman (New Harbinger Publications, 1996)

i Depression For Dummies, by Laura L. Smith and Charles H. Elliott (Wiley, 2003)

i Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better: Profound Self-Help Therapy for Your Emotions, by Albert Ellis (Impact Publishers, Inc., 2001)

i Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Delta, 1990)

i Learn to Relax: Proven Techniques for Reducing Stress, Tension, and Anxiety — and Promoting Peak Performance, by C. Eugene Walker (Wiley, 2000)

i Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy, by Aaron T. Beck (HarperCollins, 1989)

i Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic, by David Barlow and Michelle Craske (Oxford University Press, 2005)

i Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky (Guildford Press, 1995)

i Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction, by Thomas Bien and Beverly Bien (Wiley, 2002)

i Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, by Charles H. Elliott and Laura L. Smith (Wiley, 2002)

i The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, by Edmund J. Bourne (New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2005)

i The Feeling Good Handbook, by David D. Burns (Plume, 1999)

i The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver (Three Rivers Press, 2000)

i Why Can't I Get What I Want?: How to Stop Making the Same Old Mistakes and Start Living a Life You Can Love, by Charles H. Elliott and Maureen Kirby Lassen (Davies-Black Publishing, 1998)

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