Subtitle: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path
I read and liked this a long time ago. I’ve been recommending it to folks lately, so I reread it to refresh my memory.
The part I remembered and liked was the encouragement to be yourself in dating. Show up as you are, and […]
Subtitle: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You
Recommended to me by: looking up FOG: Fear, Obligation, and Guilt
Susan Forward clearly analyzes emotional blackmail and blackmailers in relationships, as well as the characteristics of people who become targets of blackmail. At the end, she has suggestions […]
Subtitle: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, applies attachment theory to adult relationships, and everything suddenly makes sense. Attachment relationships provide an anchor and sense of safety in the world. They feel just as essential to our survival as attachment relationships do to children, […]
Subtitle: The Complete Guide to Restoring Trust in Your Relationship
This book really is what it says on the tin. Mira Kirshenbaum is a couple’s therapist who shares both her own and clients’ stories to illustrate the stages of responding to betrayal and rebuilding trust.
How to evaluate whether the relationship is worth investing […]
Subtitle: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy
Recommended to me by: Robyn Posin
This is a carefully crafted book about effective, compassionate couples therapy, including a clear theoretical framework and practical suggestions for diagnosis and treatment. I’m guessing the title was created by a marketing department, because it doesn’t fit […]
Subtitle: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
Recommended to me by: Jessie Link
Susan Scott is a consultant to corporate CEOs, coaching them in fierce conversations. While the book does include some non-work examples, and carefully mixes or avoids pronouns, it also fails to address the power dynamics […]
Subtitle: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith
Recommended to me by: Rabbi Ted Falcon’s website
I felt welcomed into this book right away when the authors say they will address exclusivity, violence, sexism, and homophobia in their three religions. These are the major issues that keep me away from organized religion.
Subtitle: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment
Recommended to me by: a friend with a mentally ill relative
This is a book about how to communicate better with people with mental illnesses involving psychosis like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The focus is on getting people to accept psychoactive drugs when they […]
Subtitle: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed
Recommended to me by: Focusing-discussion list
The person recommending this book spoke of narcissistic wounds rather than narcissistic people. I think it’s useful to have compassion, and at the same time it is easy to lose sight of the people hurt by narcissistic behavior.
The author is […]
Recommended to me by: Jael Emberley
I took Focusing classes I and II from Jael Emberley, and bought both parts of the manual, even though the second part is for classes III and IV. Both parts are written in clear, friendly language, and delightfully illustrated by Mary Ferris. Her expressive line drawings of anthropomorphized […]