recommended reading books

“Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.”
– Lawrence Clark Powell

Looking for good books about self-development? Here are some recommended reading, browse the list and see what treasures you can uncover. These books are organised by category, you may click on the following links for quick access.

  1. Education and Career
  2. Managing Stress
  3. Managing Relationships
  4. Self-Development
  5. Mental Health
  6. General


Study Skills

Peak Performance: Success In College And Beyond
By Sharon Ferrett

Peak Performance helps students make the connection between their academic efforts and their job and life skills. Students learn a variety of personal productivity skills related to positive work and study habits, as well as creative problem-solving, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

This new edition includes new features to encourage students to practice their decision making skills and focus on one task at a time to achieve peak performance. This practical guide includes the most “how to” information to give students ample opportunity to put the material into practice.

Peak performance book

Call Number
LB 1062.6 Fer 2012

The Power of Mindful Learning
By Ellen J. Langer

Radical in its implications, this original and important work may change forever the views we hold about the nature of learning. In The Power of Mindful Learning, Ellen Langer uses her innovative theory of mindfulness, introduced in her influential earlier book, to dramatically enhance the way we learn. In business, sports, laboratories, or at home, our learning is hobbled by certain antiquated and pervasive misconceptions. In this pithy, liberating, and delightful book she gives us a fresh, new view of learning in the broadest sense. Such familiar notions as delayed gratification, “the basics”, or even “right answers”, are all incapacitating myths which Langer explodes one by one. She replaces them with her concept of mindful or conditional learning which she demonstrates, with fascinating examples from her research, to be extraordinarily effective. Mindful learning takes place with an awareness of context and of the ever-changing nature of information. Learning without this awareness, as Langer shows convincingly, has severely limited uses and often sets on up for failure. With stunning applications to skills as diverse as paying attention, CPR, investment analysis, psychotherapy, or playing a musical instrument, The Power of Mindful Learning is for all who are curious and intellectually adventurous.

The Power of Mindful Learning

Call Number
LB 1060 .Lan 1997


What color is your parachute? A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers
By Richard N. Bolles

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide with more than ten million copies sold. Now, no matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter can find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. And if you are a returning vet, there is a new twenty-page appendix this year, specifically addressing your unique needs.

This 2015 edition includes up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive resumes and cover letters, doing effective networking and confident interviewing, and negotiating the best salary possible.

What color is your parachute

Call Number
HF 5382 .Bol 2014


Stress Management

Stress Less Workbook
By Jonathan S. Abramowitz

You may not be able to change the things that are stressing you out, but what if you could respond differently? How would it feel to let go of chronic worry and tension, manage your time more effectively, be less irritable and exhausted, and tackle everyday hassles with confidence? Now you can find out for yourself. Weaving together proven self-help strategies, prominent clinician-researcher Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz helps you accomplish more–and stress less. Easy-to-use worksheets, forms, and numerous examples show you step by step how to create a personalized anti-stress action plan. You’ll learn where stress comes from, when it can actually be beneficial, and how it gets out of control. Dr. Abramowitz provides the guidance, specific instructions, and encouragement you need to:

  • Break free of all-or-nothing thinking and other mental traps.
  • Get more out of each hour in the day.
  • Resolve conflicts with your partner or kids.
  • Cope with work problems and financial strains.
  • Use meditation to attain a sense of well-being.
  • Set achievable goals for healthy eating and exercise.
  • Meet your deadlines–without running yourself into the ground.
  • Reduce stress-related pain and other health concerns.

Stress less workbook

Call Number
BF 575.S75 Abr 2012

Stress Management For Life: A Research-Based Experiential Approach
By Michael Olphin

This book emphasizes experiential learning and clearly explains the “how to” of stress management and prevention. Michael Olpin and Margie Hesson offer students more than just a book about stress; they offer students a life-changing experience. This text empowers students to experience personal wellness by understanding and managing stress. The authors encourage students to personalize the information in the text through practical applications and a “tool-box” of stress-reducing resources, including the stress relief audio files and student activities, both found on the CourseMate Website. Well-researched, this text gives stress-related topics a real-life context and helps motivate students to manage stress in a way that accommodates their lifestyle, values and goals.

Stress management for life

Call Number
WM 172. Olp 2013

The Fine Arts of Relaxation , Concentration and Meditation: Ancient and Modern Minds
By Joel Levey, Michelle Levey

Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys’ unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing personal strengths, enhancing the quality of life, and making a real contribution to the world.

The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation offers a treasury of their most useful teachings:

  • Waking up throughout the day–finding your meditation practice and sticking to it.
  • Balancing breath, brain, and mind-mastering stress–enhancing performance in every arena of your life.
  • Creative intelligence–the dynamic synergy of active and quiet mind skills.
  • Mastery, mystery, and meditation–awakening to your true nature.
  • Inspired Work–relaxation, concentration, and meditation on the job.

The Fine Arts of Relaxation , Concentration and Meditation Ancient and Modern Minds
Call Number

BF 637.S8 Lev 2003


The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals
Skovholt, Thomas M.

Therapists and other helping professionals, such as teachers, doctors and nurses, social workers, and clergy, work in highly demanding fields and can suffer from burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary stress. This happens when they give more attention to their clients’ wellbeing than their own. Both students and practitioners in these fields will find this book an essential guide to striking an optimal balance between self-care and other-care. The authors describe the joys and hazards of the work, the long road from novice to senior practitioner, the essence of burnout, ways to maintain the professional and personal self, methods experts use to maintain vitality, and a self-care action plan. Vivid real-life examples and self-reflection questions will engage and motivate readers to think about their own work and ways to enhance their own resilience. Eloquently written and supported by extensive research, helping professionals will find this a valuable resource both when a novice and when an experienced practitioner.

The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals

Call Number
WM 172 .Sko 2011

Creating well-being: four steps to a happier, healthier life
Pamela A. Hays

This book presents scientifically supported guidance for people who want to replace stress and painful emotions with a sense of well-being and contentment. With empathy and unfailing good humor, Dr. Pamela Hays outlines a four-step process that has proven successful in her professional clinical psychology practice as well as in her own life. She invites readers to step onto the path of well-being by recognizing their stressors, avoiding negative thought-traps, re-examining their thinking, and taking action wherever possible, using environmental change, better communication skills, social support, and self-care. Each chapter demonstrates how taking small, manageable steps adds up, over time, to real and permanent change. Packed with tips and tools for self-reflection and behavioral change, this book shows readers how to build well-being from the ground up.

Creating well-being: four steps to a happier, healthier life

Call Number
BF 575.H27 Hay 2014

Emotional Health and Well-Being: Practical Mind Science

This book is an informative and practical guide for using the mind to improve health, resilience, and well-being. Drawn from many tried and tested methods and using a question and answer format, it also includes over 30 practical activities for improving well-being and coping with emotional, mental, and physical difficulties. The book covers stress, panic, worry, sleep deprivation, self-esteem, setting goals, building self-confidence, and more. You can learn how to use these resources in many positive ways to enhance your physical health, lower stress levels, cope with anxiety, anger, and break negative habits. 

Emotional Health and Well-Being

Call Number
BF 575.H27 Alc 2014

Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success
By: John C. Maxwell

Drawing from the text of the Business Week bestseller Today Matters, this condensed, revised edition boils down John C. Maxwell's 12 daily practices to their very essence, giving maximum impact in minimal time. Presented in a quick-read format, this version is designed to be read cover to cover in one sitting or taken in as brief lessons in a few spare minutes each day. It covers such topics as:
— Priorities
— Health
— Family
— Finances
— Values
— Growth

Readers will learn how to make decisions on important matters and apply those decisions daily to put them on a path to more successful, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Make Today Count The Secret of Your Success

Call Number
BF 637.S8 Max 2008


The Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment
By Eckhart Tolle

It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

Guide to spiritual enlightenment

Call Number
BL 624 .Tol 2004

Practicing The Power Of Now : Essential Teachings, Meditations, And Exercises From The Power Of Now.
By Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers, sharing the enlightenment he himself experienced after a startling personal transformation. His views go beyond any particular religion, doctrine, or guru. This book extracts the essence from his teachings in The Power of Now, showing us how to free ourselves from “enslavement to the mind.” The aim is to be able to enter into and sustain an awakened state of consciousness throughout everyday life. Through meditations and simple techniques, Eckhart shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.”

Essential teachings

Call Number
BL 624 .Tol 1999

The Miracle Of Mindfulness
By Thich Nhat Hanh

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.


Call Number
BQ 5612 .Nha 1976

Mindfulness in Plain English
By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people read, love, and share – a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

Mindfulness in Plain English

Call Number
BQ 5630.V5 Gun 2011

Mindful – gym home 2.0 : a self – help stress reduction and wellness program
By Dr. Phang Cheng Kar, M.D.

Mindful-Gym™ is a mindfulness-based stress management program specially designed for relaxation and wellness. Locally developed by consultant psychiatrist Dr. Phang Cheng Kar in 2010, it is based on ancient spiritual wisdom and state-of-the-art scientific research in mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology. MINDFUL-Gym is similar to the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs developed in United States and United Kingdom respectively.

This DVD contains more than 500 PowerPoint slides that will guide you through the program step-by-step.


Call Number
DVD-ROM 0525

Mindfulness for health : a practical guide to relieving pain,
reducing stress and restoring wellbeing
By Vidyamala Burch, Dr Danny Penman

Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body’s natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.

The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. It is particularly effective for the biggest causes of pain – back problems, arthritis, migraine and diabetes but works equally well for cancer (and its associated chemotherapy), heart disease, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, labour pain and even tinnitus. You will be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving you able to live life to the full again.

Mindfulness for health

Call Number
WM 425.5.C6 Bur 2013

Everyday Blessings : the inner work of mindful parenting
By Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

The bestselling author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (more than 1,000,000 total copies in print) and Full Catastrophe Living joins forces with his wife, Myla, in this groundbreaking revised edition (released in October, 2014) of the classic book about mindfulness in parenting children of all ages. Updated with new material– including an all new introduction and expanded practices in the epilogue– Everyday Blessings remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking “mind/body connection” expertise from global mindfulness leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn.

With the growing interest in mindfulness as a way of living, and with increasing scientific evidence of its value for optimal health and well being, including a new field in psychology devoted to mindful parenting, and with mindfulness being increasingly integrated into K-12 education, there has never been a better time for cultivating greater mindfulness in parenting and in family life.

Everyday Blessings

Call Number
WS 105.5.F2 Kab 2014

Teen Voices: Tales from Family Therapy
By Maurizio Andolfi & Anna Mascellani

Teen Voices: Tales from Family Therapy addresses violent behavior, bullying, drug addiction, reactive depression, eating disorders, and suicidal attempts in adolescence, from a systemic developmental perspective. Refocusing from adolescents’ disorders as personal, we enlarge the field we focus on, to consider the family as our client and as the main resource for resolving children’s problems (or symptoms).

Here the larger goal of therapy is the change of the various inter-generational distortions that produce these symptoms. The model of therapy described and presented is experiential – the therapist plays an active role, being direct, authentic, emphatic, and able to stay close to the clients’ pain and despair, and to respond positively to their hope and desire for change. The main tools used to create a therapeutic alliance with the adolescent and to explore relevant family events are illustrated: provocation, support, humor, metaphors, curiosity, playfulness, self-disclosure, and sculpting. The family of origin, siblings, friends, pets, community members, and hospital workers are all included as consultants in the sessions, expanding the social resources of the family searching for emotional support and solidarity.

Teen Voices Tales from Family Therapy

Call Number
WM 430.5.F2 And 2013

A Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction Workbook
By Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein

Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. This stress can often leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, non-judgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it’s easier than it seems.

In just weeks, you can learn mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living. MBSR is effective in alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. Taught in classes and clinics worldwide, this powerful approach shows you how to focus on the present moment in order to permanently change the way you handle stress.

As you work through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, you’ll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones—a skill that will last a lifetime. This ground breaking, proven-effective program will help you relieve the symptoms of stress and identify its causes so that you can start living a healthier, happier life.

A Mindfulness - Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Call Number
WM 172.4 Sta 2010

The Fear and Anxiety Solution: A Breakthrough Process for Healing and Empowerment with Your Subconscious Mind
By Friedemann Schaub

The Fear and Anxiety Solution, Award-Winner in the 'Best New Self-Help Book' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, presents Dr. Schaub's breakthrough and empowerment program for learning to understand, direct, and utilize the subconscious mind as our greatest ally on the path to health and wholeness. The processes and tools of each chapter will show you how to consciously work with your subconscious mind to pinpoint and understand the root causes and deeper meanings of your fear and anxiety, release emotional blocks from the past, and “shine more of who you truly are out into the world.” Through step-by-step guidance, Dr. Schaub explains how to transform fear and anxiety into healing catalysts that lead to greater confidence, self-worth, and success, as he illuminates:

“The more unresolved fear and anxiety you’ve stored in your subconscious, the more untapped potential awaits you,” explains Dr. Schaub. With The Fear and Anxiety Solution, now you have the tools to change faster and perform better in every aspect of your life through the power of conscious-subconscious collaboration.

The fear and anxiety solution Friedemann

Call Number
BF 637.S4 Sch 2012


Couple Relationship

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus : The Classic Guide To Understanding The Opposite Sex
By John Gray

The most well-know, long-lived, and tried-and-tested relationships guide ever, the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is now available for the first time ever in trade paperback. In this classic guide to understanding the opposite sex, Dr. John Gray provides a practical and proven way for men and women to improve their communication by acknowledging the differences between their needs, desires, and behaviors. No other relationship guide on the market will give you the same level of evidence-based insight sure to help you strengthen and nurture your relationships for years to come.


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HQ 734 .Gra 2012


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PS3552 .Gra 1998


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HQ 734 .Gra 1992

Why Mars & Venus Collide : Improving Relationships By Understanding How Men And Women Cope Differently With Stress
By John Gray

In Why Mars and Venus Collide, Gray focuses on the ways that men and women misinterpret and mismanage the stress in their daily lives, and how these reactions ultimately affect their relationships.


Call Number
BF 575.S75 Gra 2008

Men, Women, And Relationships : Making Peace With The Opposite Sex
By John Gray

Men and women are different — there’s no denying it. So why do we constantly expect the same actions and feelings from them? This enormously helpful book not only enables you to recognize the differences between you and your loved one but also leads you toward an acceptance of those differences, thereby paving the way for a stronger relationship.

With his characteristic wit and wisdom, relationship expert John Gray explains the different ways men and women communicate, cope with stress, resolve conflicts, and experience and give love. Once you understand these differences, you’ll be better equipped to handle inevitable bumps in the road, and be on your way to a long-lasting and truly loving relationship.


Call Number
BF 692.2 Gra 1993

Women who love too much: when you keep wishing and hoping he’ll change
By Robin Norwood

– Do you find yourself attracted again and again to troubled, distant, moody men—while “nice guys” seem boring?

– Do you obsess over men who are emotionally unavailable, addicted to work, hobbies, alcohol, or other women?

– Do you neglect your friends and your own interests to be immediately available to him?

– Do you feel empty without him, even though being with him is torment? Robin Norwood’s groundbreaking work will enable you to recognize the roots of your destructive patterns of relating and provide you with a step-by-step guide to a more rewarding way of living and loving.

If being in love means being in pain, you need to read Women Who Love Too Much.

Women who love too much when you keep wishing and hoping he'll change

Call Number
HQ 1206 .Nor 2008


The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
By Gary D Chapman

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner – starting today.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Call Number
HQ 734 .Cha 2015

Making Friends
By Andrew Matthews

Provides examples and tips for making friends, which is sometimes easy and sometimes hard.


Call Number
BF 575 F66 Mat

When Friendship Hurts: How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You
By Jan Yager Ph.D


We’ve all had friendships that have gone bad. Whether it takes the form of a simple yet inexplicable estrangement or a devastating betrayal, a failed friendship can make your life miserable, threaten your success at work or school, and even undermine your romantic relationships.
Finally there is help. In When Friendship Hurts, Jan Yager, recognized internationally as a leading expert on friendship, explores what causes friendships to falter and explains how to mend them — or end them.

When Friendship Hurts: How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You

Call Number
BF 637.I48 Yag 2002

Toxic People: 10 Ways Of Dealing With People Who Make Your Life Miserable
By Lillian Glass

Some people really can make you sick!

Is there anyone in your life-a relative, boss, friend, even a lover or spouse-who drives you crazy? Are there people who make you feel inadequate, unworthy, or just plain miserable? If there’s someone who is not supportive and does not wish you well, then you’ve got a “toxic” person in your life.

Do you recognize any of these toxic terrors?

  • The opportunistic user
  • The control freak
  • The meddler
  • The arrogant know-it-all
  • The me, myself, and I narcissist
  • The instigator
  • The emotional refrigerator
  • The liar

Dr. Glass not only helps you identify the “toxic” people in your life, she also provides ten techniques for successfully dealing with them.

Toxic People 10 Ways Of Dealing With People Who Make Your Life Miserable

Call Number
BF 637.I48 Gla 1997

The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People You Care
By Alan Loy McGinnis

At the heart of each relationship, says McGinnis, is the friendship factor-the essential ingredient of warmth and caring. With captivating case histories and anecdotes about such famous people as George Burns, Howard Hughes, and C. S. Lewis, McGinnis shares the secret of how to love and be loved. The first edition of The Friendship Factor, published in 1979, has sold more than 350,000 copies.

The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People You Care

Call Number
BF 575.L8 Mcg 2004


Living Effectively

First Things First : To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Leave A Legacy
By Covey, Stephen R, Merrill, A. Roger & Merrill, Rebecca R.

I’m getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I’m doing what matters most and doing it well?
Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren’t first. Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re going.



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The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People : Restoring The Character Ethic
By Stephen R. Covey

The priceless wisdom and insight found in the bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (more than 10 million sold!) is distilled in this palm-size Running Press Miniature Edition™. It’s full of advice on taking control of your life, teamwork, self-renewal, mutual benefit, proactivity, and other paths to private and public victory. Steven R. Covey is chairman of the Covey Leadership Center and the nonprofit Institute for Principle-Centered Leadership.


Call Number
BF637.S8 Cov 1989

Living The 7 Habits : Stories Of Courage And Inspiration
By Stephen R. Covey

“Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration” captures the essence of people’s real-life experiences, applying proven principles to help them solve their problems and overcome challenges. In this uplifting and riveting collection of stories, readers will find wonderful examples of hope and encouragement as they are touched by the words of real people and their experiences of change — change that got them through difficult times; change that solved family crises; change that mended broken relationships; change that turned their businesses around; change that influenced entire communities.


Call Number
BF637.S8 Cov 1999

The 7 habits of highly effective people : powerful lessons in personal change
By Stephen R. Covey

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.

The 7 habits of highly effective people powerful lessons in personal change

Call Number
BF 637.S8 Cov 2013

Positive Living

The Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Workbook : Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life
By Richard Carlson

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff is a book that tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life.
You can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as “Choose your battles wisely”; “Remind yourself that when you die, your ‘in’ box won’t be empty”; and “Make peace with imperfection”. With Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… you’ll also learn how to:

  • Live in the present moment
  • Let others have the glory at times
  • Lower your tolerance to stress
  • Trust your intuitions
  • Live each day as it might be your last

With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

The Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Workbook : Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life

Call Number
BF637.B4 Car 1998

Authentic Happiness
By Martin Seligman

A national bestseller, Authentic Happiness launched the revolutionary new science of Positive Psychology—and sparked a coast-to-coast debate on the nature of real happiness.

Authentic Happiness

Call Number
BF 575.H27 Sel 2002

Even Happier – A Gratitude Journal For Daily Joy And Lasting Fulfilment
By Tal Ben-Shahar

52 weeks of new exercises, meditations, and “time-ins” . A journal to record your thoughts, feelings, and personal growth Life-changing insights of philosophers, psychologists, artists, writers, scientists, and successful entrepreneurs

This is no ordinary self-help book that you read and toss aside. It’s a complete, user-driven journal filled with proactive challenges, thought provoking questions, and “time-ins” that allow you to pause and reflect. You can engage in these activities every day to stimulate your creativity, enhance your sense of empowerment, enrich the quality of your life, and, yes, feel Even Happier.

Even Happier – A Gratitude Journal For Daily Joy And Lasting Fulfilment

Call Number
BF 575.G68 Ben 2010

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis

Want to aspire to greatness? Check out this new edition of Timmy Failure’s first adventure—featuring the bonus section “How to Draw Timmy and Total.”

He may be clueless, but the comically self-confident Timmy Failure is CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Now Timmy’s legion of fans are invited to set off on their own path to mastery with the help from Stephan Pastis. Added material includes step-by-step instructions on how to draw Timmy and his impressively lazy business partner, the polar bear Total—including a trick to making them both look a tiny bit nuts (hint: the secret is in the eyes). Even better, kids are invited to share the spotlight with Timmy by sending their drawings to his website, for a chance to be featured in the Timmy Failure Gallery of Greatness.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

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PZ7.P269422 Pas 2013

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success 
By John C. Maxwell

Are some people born to achieve anything they want while others struggle? Call them lucky, blessed, or possessors of the Midas touch. What is the real reason for their success? Is it family background, wealth, greater opportunities, high morals, an easy childhood?

New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell has the answer: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

Most people are never prepared to deal with failure. Maxwell says that if you are like him, coming out of school, you feared it, misunderstood it, and ran away from it. But Maxwell has learned to make failure his friend, and he can teach you to do the same.

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success 

Call Number
BF637.S8 Max 2000

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength: 101 Empowering Stories of Resilience, Positive Thinking, and Overcoming Challenges 
By Amy Newmark

We’re all stronger than we think, and we often discover our inner strength and resilience when a problem arises. The 101 empowering stories in this collection will inspire and encourage you to overcome your own challenges.

There’s nothing like real stories from real people to inspire you. These empowering and uplifting stories by people who have overcome challenges, solved problems, or changed their lives will help you find your own inner strength, resilience, and remind you to think positive, count your blessings, and use the power that you have within you.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength: 101 Empowering Stories of Resilience, Positive Thinking, and Overcoming Challenges 

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BF 698.35.R47 Chi 2014

Solve for Happy: Engineer your path to joy
By Mo Gawdat

In this “powerful personal story, Mo Gawdat, Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], applies his superior logic and problem solving skills to understand how the brain processes joy and sadness—and then he solves for happy.

In Solve for Happy Mo questions some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence, shares the underlying reasons for suffering, and plots out a step-by-step process for achieving lifelong happiness and enduring contentment. He shows us how to view life through a clear lens, teaching us how to dispel the illusions that cloud our thinking; overcome the brain’s blind spots; and embrace five ultimate truths.

No matter what obstacles we face, what burdens we bear, what trials we’ve experienced, we can all be content with our present situation and optimistic about the future.


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BF 575.H27 Gaw 2018

Mind set: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol S. Dweck

In Mindset Dweck, now recognized as a leader in her field, reveals the driving force created by our beliefs which strongly affect what we want and whether we will get it. From over twenty years of research, she has learned how mindset profoundly affects the way we lead our lives. More remarkably, she also shows how we can change our mindset and use it to achieve success. Dweck identifies two basic mindsets:

Dweck shows how these mindsets unfold in adolescence and adulthood to shape achievements and relationships. She reveals how creative geniuses in all fields–music, literature, science, sports–apply the growth mindset to achieve results, and how the fixed mindset consistently breeds failure. Most important, though, she shows how we can learn to use the growth mindset at any stage of life. Revealing, intelligent, and always engaging, Mindset shows us that we each hold the key to our own success. We only need to learn how to use it.


Call Number
BF 773 .Dwe 2016

The Magic of Thinking Big
By David T. Schwartz

Millions of people have acquired the secrets of success through The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.

Set your goals high, then exceed them!

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction – but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets!


Call Number
BF 637.S8 .Sch 2015

Time Management

Manage your time
By Tim Hindle

The four new guides in this best-selling series are ideal for managers at every level. These compact references — the most accessible single-subject business guides on the market — demonstrate techniques and skills useful in any work environment.

Manage your time

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Do it now!
By Andy Bruce, Ken Langdon

Learn all you need to know about how to meet the demands of today’s business world by making and implementing decisions quickly. Do It Now! shows you how to think and plan constructively and how to prioritize to achieve the best results. Power tips help you handle real-life situations so you can meet your targets with a minimum of stress. The Essential Manager have sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide! Experienced and novice managers alike can benefit from these compact guides that slip easily into a briefcase or a portfolio. The topics are relevant to every work environment, from large corporations to small businesses. Concise treatments of dozens of business techniques, skills, methods, and problems are presented with hundreds of photos, charts, and diagrams. It is the most exciting and accessible approach to business and self-improvement available.

Do it now

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The 8th Habit : From Effectiveness To Greatness
By Stephen R. Covey
Note Accompanied by CD-ROM : CD-ROM 330

The world has changed dramatically since the classic, internationally bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was published, influencing tens of millions. The challenges and complexity we all face in our relationships, families, professional lives and communities are of an entirely new order of magnitude. In order to thrive, innovate, excel and lead in what Covey calls the new Knowledge Worker Age, we must build on and move beyond effectiveness…to greatness. Accessing the higher levels of human genius and motivation in today’s new reality requires a sea change of new thinking — a new mind-set, a new skill-set, a new tool-set — in short, a whole new habit.

Call Number CD-ROM 330
Author Covey, Stephen R.
Title The 8th habit : from effectiveness to greatness
Publication London : Simon & Schuster, 2004.
1 computer laser optical disc : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

Note Accompanying text : BF637.S4.Cov 2004


Call Number
BF637.S4 .Cov 2004

Principle-centered Leadership
By Stephen R. Covey

How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent on them? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that balance among personal, family, and professional life is possible?
Stephen R. Covey demonstrates that the answer to these and other dilemmas is Principle-Centered Leadership, a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. The key to dealing with the challenges that face us today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within both ourselves and our organizations. Dr. Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work and at home — leading not just to a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, more effective life.


Call Number
BF637.S8 .Cov 1991

The 7 Laws Of Learning: Why Great Leaders Are Also Great Teachers
By Richard L. Godfrey, Hyrum W. Smith, Gerreld L. Pulisper

Become a great leader like Christ, Confucius, Winston Churchill, and other extraordinary leaders. Teach new ideas in ways that both engage people and persuade them to use their agency to bring about personal and global change. By using storytelling, metaphor, and other teaching styles that motivate and inspire, you’ll soon be effectively communicating and leading in every situation.


Call Number
LB 1025.3 God 2011

Barefoot leadership: the art and heart of going that extra mile
By Alvin Ung

Barefoot Leaders can make a real difference without money, power or access to a network of influential people.

Learn how an English-illiterate teenager created jobs for millions, how a village boy saved an airline, how a woman mobilisied hundreds of doctors to save lives in danger zones, and how a teenager boy transformed of poor people into bankers.

Join Alvin Ung as he unearths the mindsets of extraordinary Malaysian leaders who have transformed the lives of many around the world. They included Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Irene Fernandez, Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Helen Read and Mark Chang. Through uplifting stories, these Barefoot Leaders invite you to transform yourself, your work and your world by being true to your calling.

Barefoot Leadership gives you the art and heart of knowing what to do while staying true to who you are.

Barefoot leadership: the art and heart of going that extra mile

Call Number
BF 637 .Ung 2012


Blink: The power of thinking without thinking  
By Malcom Gladwell

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?



The Introvert Advantage: How To Thrive In An Extrovert World
By Marti Olsen Laney
Note Can read a part of it on amazon:

At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They’re introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.


Call Number
BF 575.Gb8 Ben 2010

Principles Of The Enneagram
By Karen A Webb

Still the definitive introduction to the Enneagram, this revised and updated edition covers all the key information on this curiously accurate system of knowledge about human personality. From its historical roots to how to use it in everyday life, the book encompasses all of the key aspects and principles of the subject. It explains the nine personality types, how they interrelate and how to recognise and understand your own and others’ basic types. It also explores how the model can provide a lifelong guide that will encourage personal and spiritual growth, helping you to work with your personality’s strengths and weaknesses to realise your true potential. The perfect introduction to a timeless topic, this book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the Enneagram, whether for personal application or general interest.


Call Number
BF 698.36.E54 Web 2013

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
By Susan Cain

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Call Number
BF 698.35.I59 Cai 2013


The REBT Super-Activity Guide: 52 Weeks of REBT For Clients, Groups, Students, and YOU!
By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D

Looking for an all around activity guide to help you to shift out of an unproductive mood and into positive action? You’ve found it! Great for use with groups & classes!

The REBT Super-Activity Guide: 52 Weeks of REBT For Clients, Groups, Students, and YOU!

Call Number
WM 425 .Gar 2009

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT
By Russ Harris

Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT

Call Number
BF 575.H27 Har 2008

You can heal your life
By Louise L. Hay

Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” The author has a great deal of experience and first-hand information to share about healing, including how she cured herself after being diagnosed with cancer.

Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.

Life Is Really Very Simple. What We Give Out, We Get Back.

You can heal your life

Call Number
BF637.S4 Hay 2004

All is well: heal your body with medicine, affirmations, and intuition
By Louise L. Hay

In this healing tour de force, best-selling authors Louise L. Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz have teamed up for an exciting re-examination of the quintessential teachings from Heal Your Body. All Is Well brings together Louise’s proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa’s knowledge of both medical science and the body’s intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for health and well-being. And, for the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work.

All is well: heal your body with medicine, affirmations, and intuition

Call Number
WB 885 .Hay 2013

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
By Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

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.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Call Number
BF 697 .Bro 2010

The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts
By Russ Harris

The “reality slap” takes many different forms. Sometimes, it’s more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a serious illness, a divorce, the loss of a job, a freak accident, or a shocking betrayal. Sometimes it’s a little gentler. Envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment, and rejection can sting just as much. But whatever form your reality slap takes, one thing’s for sure – it hurts! And most of us don’t deal with the pain very well.

The Reality Slap offers a four-part path for healing from crises based on acceptance and commitment therapy. In these pages, you will learn how to:

  • Find peace in the midst of your pain
  • Rediscover calm in the midst of chaos
  • Turn difficult emotions into wisdom and compassion
  • Find fulfillment, even when you can’t get what you want
  • Heal your wounds and emerge stronger than before

The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts

Call Number
BF 632 .Har 2012

Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution
By: Brené Brown

When we deny our stories, they define us.

When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness.

Rising Strong

Call Number
BF 637.S4 Bro 2015

The joy of growing up : growing up for grownups who haven’t grown up yet
By: Wendy Freebourne.

Growing up is an ongoing, challenging, exciting and satisfying journey. In this book, Wendy Freebourne takes you through that journey, step by step, giving you the tools you need to navigate it successfully. She shows you how responsibility, chosen carefully and taken on willingly, brings freedom and fulfilment; and how, although your physical abilities change as you get older, this does not mean that illness and infirmity are necessary results of aging. This book is written in an insightful, practical but gentle and compassionate, spiritual style. It gives a holistic overview, while also paying attention to practicality and detail. You will find realistic advice for moving into a maturity that is not painful or burdensome, but joyful, if also less predictable than you were brought up to believe it would be.

The joy of growing up

Call Number
BF 713 .Fre 2005

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child
By: John Bradshaw

Using a combination of workshop presentations and exclusive, practical exercises, accompanied by the soothing music of Steven Halpern, John Bradshaw demonstrates how your wounded inner child may be causing you pain and offers the tools to help you gradually, safely go back to reclaim, and nurture that child – and literally help yourself grow up again.

This special presentation will show you how to: validate your inner child through meditations and affirmations; give your child permission to break destructive family roles and rules; adopt new rules allowing pleasure and honest self-exploration; deal with anger and difficult relationships; pay attention to your innermost purpose and desires…and find new joy and energy in living.


Call Number
BF 698.35.I55 Bra 1992

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal
By: Donna Jackson Nakazawa

A “courageous, compassionate, and rigorous every-person’s guide” (Christina Bethell, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) that shows the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer—Childhood Disrupted also explains how to cope and heal from these emotional traumas.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. “Groundbreaking” (Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance) in its research, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology—and help your loved ones find ways to heal. “A truly important gift of understanding—illuminates the heartbreaking costs of childhood trauma and like good medicine offers the promising science of healing and prevention” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart).


Call Number
WS 462 . Nak 2015


The Self Esteem Coach “10 days to a confident new you”
By Lynda Field

Research shows that happiness and self-esteem do not depend on success; on the contrary, success naturally flows to those who are high in self-worth and are happy to be themselves. This is great news because it means that we can raise our game in every single area of our life if we simply concentrate on becoming more self-confident.

However, if you are feeling low in confidence or overwhelmed by self-doubt, you need a strategy to help you to raise your game. The Self-Esteem Coach gives you a unique, interactive experience. You will discover all the steps you need to take to keep motivated, find happiness, attract success, focus on your goals, solve difficult personal problems and have brilliant relationships. Just sit back, relax and enjoy this effortless way to become a confident new you.

The Self Esteem Coach "10 days to a confident new you"

Call Number
BF697.5.S46 Fie 2012

The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt
By Russ Harris

Drawing on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting-edge form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, The Confidence Gap explains how to:

  • Free yourself from common misconceptions about what confidence is and how to build it
  • Transform your relationship with fear and anxiety
  • Clarify your core values and use them as your inspiration and motivation
  • Use mindfulness to effectively handle negative thoughts and feelings.

The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Call Number
BF 575.S39 Har 2011

Emotional Intelligence

Working With Emotional Intelligence
By Daniel Goleman

For leaders, emotional intelligence is almost 90 percent of what sets stars apart from the mediocre. As Goleman documents, it’s the essential ingredient for reaching and staying at the top in any field, even in high-tech careers. And organizations that learn to operate in emotionally intelligent ways are the companies that will remain vital and dynamic in the competitive marketplace of today—and the future.


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HD 38.2.Gol 1999

Forgiveness And Retribution
By Margaret R. Holmgren

Forgiveness and Retribution: Responding to Wrongdoing argues that ultimately, forgiveness is always the appropriate response to wrongdoing. In recent decades, many philosophers have claimed that unless certain conditions are met, we should resent those who have wronged us personally and that criminal offenders deserve to be punished. Conversely, Margaret Holmgren posits that we should forgive those who have ill-treated us, but only after working through a process of addressing the wrong. Holmgren then reflects on the kinds of laws and social practices a properly forgiving society would adopt.


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BJ 1476. Hol 2012

By Mary Larnia

Emotions affect motivation, self-awareness, social relationships, decision-making, self-control, and your ability to achieve goals. Yet many young adults have little understanding about how emotions actually manifest in daily life. In this book, clinical psychologist Mary Lamia breaks down individual emotions such as shame, anger, hope, and happiness and shows teens where each emotion originates, how it makes you feel physically and mentally, and what you can do about it if it feels too big or out of control. This is an invaluable book for any teen struggling with strong emotions or wanting to understand more about themselves and their emotion-fueled life.


Call Number
BF561. Lam 2013

I thought it was just me (but it isn’t) : making the journey from “what will people think?” to “I am enough”
By Brené Brown

We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we can’t seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like “Never good enough!” and “What will people think?”

Why? What fuels this unattainable need to look like we always have it all together? At first glance we might think it’s because we admire perfection, but that’s not the case. We are actually the most attracted to people we consider to be authentic and down-to-earth. We love people who are “real”―we’re drawn to those who both embrace their imperfections and radiate self-acceptance.

Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.


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HQ 1206 .Bro 2008

I thought it was just me (but it isn’t) : making the journey from “what will people think?” to “I am enough”

By: Brené Brown

We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we can’t seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like “Never good enough!” and “What will people think?”

Why? What fuels this unattainable need to look like we always have it all together? At first glance we might think it’s because we admire perfection, but that’s not the case. We are actually the most attracted to people we consider to be authentic and down-to-earth. We love people who are “real”―we’re drawn to those who both embrace their imperfections and radiate self-acceptance.

Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.

I thought it was just me (but it isn't)

Call Number
HQ 1206 .Bro 2008

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith
By John W. James and Russell Friedman


Updated to commemorate its 20th anniversary, this classic resource further explores the effects of grief and sheds new light on how to begin to take effective actions to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness.

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others’, the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for dealing with:

  • Loss of faith
  • Loss of career and financial issues
  • Loss of health
  • Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Call Number
BF 575.G7 Jam 2009

Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others
By Shane J. Lopez, PhD

In this practical guide to the anatomy of hope and how to harness its incredible power in your own life, a leading psychologist “shines a light on one of the most powerful, and most misunderstood, emotional forces in our lives” (Daniel Pink, author of Drive).

Some people manage to bounce back quickly from setbacks, to lead happy, healthy, productive lives, no matter their circumstances. These people have found a way to make good things happen even when luck isn’t on their side. The secret ingredient they use to transform their lives, it turns out, is hope.

Using discoveries from the largest study of hopeful people ever conducted, Shane J. Lopez, PhD, “the world’s preeminent expert on hope” (Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness), reveals that hope is not just an emotion but an essential life tool. Hope is a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business, and with Making Hope Happen, you can measure your level of hope and learn how to increase, use, and share it. In addition, Lopez shares the uplifting stories of real people who have created hope in their own lives and communities, from a CEO who befriended a curious nine-year-old to a college student who is thriving after two heart transplants.Praised as “thoughtful and pragmatic” (Publishers Weekly), Making Hope Happen is for anyone seeking a better future—for themselves, for their business, or for the world. The message is clear: Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned. Hope is contagious. Hope can change your life.

Making Hope Happen

Call Number
BF 204.6 Lop 2013

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
By Kristin Neff, PhD

A six-session training course for transforming your relationship with yourself. Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about – yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? “Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else,” says Dr. Kristin Neff. “We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves.” With Self-Compassion Step by Step, this groundbreaking researcher reveals the clinically proven power of self-kindness, with practical training for cultivating an enduring and unshakable sense of your fundamental human worthiness.

Over the past decade, an overwhelming body of research has shown self-compassion to be a master key to good psychological and physical health. Whether you wish to reduce stress, develop healthy habits for exercise or diet, unlock your creativity, or even deal with serious conditions such as depression or addiction, a strong sense of self-compassion is an essential ingredient for success. Best of all, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned. Through six sessions of teaching, Dr. Neff offers guided meditations, experiential practices, and on-the-spot techniques to help you build a strong foundation of self-compassion in your daily life.

“We often become our own worst critic because we believe it’s necessary to keep ourselves motivated,” says Dr. Neff, “but in fact the research shows that healthy self-compassion increases our inner drive, our resilience to setbacks, and our ability to excel at work and in every aspect of life.”

With Self-Compassion Step by Step, she presents a powerful training course that is both accessible and profoundly transformative – a practical approach for creating a life of greater happiness, fulfillment, and love.

Self Compassion

Call Number
BF 575.S37 Nef 2015

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
By Christopher K. Germer (Author), Sharon Salzberg (Foreword)

“Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in–and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame–are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. You’ll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment — especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise — and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most.

Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author’s website:

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Call Number
BF 531 .Ger 2009

The Anger Management Sourcebook
By Glenn Schiraldi (Author), Melissa Kerr (Author)

Excessive anger can destroy your relationships, career, and even health. Scant professional literature has been available on the topic until now. The Anger Management Sourcebook shows you how to empower yourself and redirect your anger into constructive behavior. This resource is a must-have tool for you or a loved one as well as professionals dealing with clients who suffer from excessive anger.

The Anger Management Sourcebook

Call Number
BF 575.A5 Sch 2002

Getting Control of Your Anger: A Clinically Proven, Three-Step Plan for Getting to the Root of the Problem and Resolving It
By Robert Allan, PhD

Anger, like fear, is a powerful survival tool that has evolved over countless millennia. But when we allow anger to rule our day-to-day lives, it undermines our health, alienates loved ones, and ruins our chances for a happy, healthy life.

Now, Getting Control of Your Anger helps adults who have “inherited” destructive anger patterns learn constructive ways to express themselves and get their needs met. Focusing on breaking the cycle of anger in yourself and your family, Dr. Robert Allan helps you discover the reasons for your anger and find more effective ways to get your core needs met.

With Getting Control of Your Anger you’ll learn to:

  • Get at the root of your anger and take control of it without gimmicks, drugs, or psychoanalysis
  • Improve your relationships with loved ones, friends, and co-workers
  • Break the intergenerational cycle of anger in your family and avoid passing destructive behaviour patterns down to your children
  • Safeguard your health and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and a host of anger-related illnesses.

Getting Control of Your Anger

Call Number
BF 575.A5 All 2006

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
By Thich Nhat Hanh

“[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth.” –His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today’s leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: wrong knowing, obsessive desire, and anger. All are difficult, but in one instant of anger—one of the most powerful emotions—lives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed.

With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating those parts of ourselves that have been laid waste by anger. His extraordinary wisdom can transform your life and the lives of the people you love, and in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, can give each reader the power “to change everything.”

Wisdom For cooling the Flames

Call Number
BQ 5410 .Nha 2001

Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way
By Gary Chapman


A relative makes a tactless comment about your child’s weight. The guy behind you on the expressway follows too closely. Our spouse lets the gas tank go down to empty . . . again.

Getting angry is easy. Daily irritations, frustrations, and pain poke at us. Feelings of disappointment, hurt, rejection, and embarrassment prod in us. And once the unwieldy cluster of emotions of anger are aroused, our thoughts and actions can feel out of control and impossible to manage.

Dr. Gary Chapman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages®, offers helpful-and sometimes surprising-insights into why you get angry and what you can do about it. Using real-life stories and practical principles, Chapman explains how you can channel anger in ways that are healthy and productive. You’ll also be equipped to help those you love (including your children) deal with their own anger, as well as effectively deal with those long-simmering feelings of anger toward people in your past.

Includes an assessment that will help you discover your personal propensity toward handling anger and how to effectively tame it when it arises.

Anger Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way

Call Number
BV 4627.A5 Cha 2015

Anger : taming a powerful emotion
By Gary Chapman

Anger : taming a powerful emotion
By: Gary Chapman

Anger is a cruel master. If you struggle even a little with anger, you know how it feels to get mad too easily. To lash out at someone you love. To hold onto frustration. You might even notice others seem uneasy around you.
You know anger is hurting your life, but you don’t know how to fix it. There is hope. When you understand why you get angry and what to do about it, you can change the course of your life for the better. In Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion, counselor Gary Chapman shares surprising insights about anger, its effect on relationships, and how to overcome it. His advice and real-life examples will help you:

• Understand yourself better
• Overcome shame, denial, and bitterness
• Discern good anger from bad anger
• Manage anger and conflict constructively
• Make positive life changes
• Let go of your grudges and resentment
• Help others (like your children) deal with anger and more

Whether your anger is quiet or explosive, if it’s clouding your judgment and hurting your relationships, it needs to go. Learn to handle anger in healthy ways, starting today. Gary Chapman is wise and empathetic, and he’ll help you turn over a new leaf.


Call Number
BV 4627.A5 .Cha 2015



Internet Addiction : A Handbook And Guide To Evaluation And Treatment
By Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu Young & Kimberly S. Young

This book provides cutting-edge coverage by expanding the field to include specific problems such as online gaming, cybersex addiction, and gambling addiction. Its extensive attention to dealing with adolescents is essential, given the rapid rise in media and technology use by both Net Generation young adults and iGeneration teenagers. I am thrilled to have this invaluable, comprehensive, well-written resource for my own work and recommend it to people who need to understand this unique form of addiction.


Call Number
WM 176 .Int 2011

Caught In The Net : How To Recognize The Signs Of Internet Addiction–And A Winning Strategy For Recovery
By Kimberly S. Young

For Internet addicts as well as their parents, spouses, friends, and employers, Caught in the Net offers guidance on where and how to seek help from counselors, therapists, and other professionals who take this affliction seriously. For mental health professionals, this book provides insights into the nature and causes of Internet addiction and encourages counselors and therapists to expand their addiction recovery programs to address the specific problems of Internet addicts


Call Number
WM 176 .You 1998


Reasons to stay alive
By: Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.

Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.

Reasons to stay alive

Call Number
BF 637.S4 Hai 2015

Eating Disorder

Recovery From Eating Disorders- A Guide For Clinicians And Clients
By Greta Noordenbos

With a uniquely perspective on the key factors in recovery from eating disorders, this practical guide for patients and clinicians draws from relevant, real-life case studies.
1. Focuses on real-life recovery strategies that involve motivational factors, physical and psychological health, and issues such as self-esteem, body attitude, emotion regulation and social relationships.
2. Draws on extensive qualitative research with more than 80 former sufferers
Offers experience-based guidance for professionals assisting clients in their recovery process


Call Number
WM 175. Noo 2013


AD/HD And The College Student
By Patricia O. Quinn

This is the essential handbook and comprehensive resource for college students with AD/HD. Bestselling author Dr. Pat Quinn answers the most common questions and tackles the most challenging problems students with AD/HD face in college. Students will find compassionate, realistic, informed, and time-tested advice on how to design an academic program that really works and achieve life-school balance while managing AD/HD symptoms far away from home and parents. Detailed information on medication, relationships, and whether college is even right for you complete this guide and make AD/HD and the College Student the definitive guide for managing AD/HD.


Call Number
LC 47136.4 Qui 2012


The Colour of My Mind
By Albert Wang Tew Jit

Albert Wang’s ‘The Colour of My Mind’, written by a man wrestling with schizophrenia, tells his side of the story, and the notable thing is how poignantly simple and ordinary it is. The fact is, a majority of schizophrenics are not very much different from us, except for being humans who suffer with emotional and mental tribulations as well loneliness that are much vaster than ours. Many of them possess a really sensitive and vulnerable temperament.

The Colour of My Mind

Call Number
WM 7 .Wan 2009


A Friend Like Henry
By Nuala Gardner

This is the inspiring account of a family’s struggle to break into their son’s autistic world – and how a beautiful retriever dog made the real difference.

Dale was still a baby when his parents realised that something wasn’t right. Worried, his mother Nuala took him to see several doctors, before finally hearing the word ‘autism’ for the first time. Dale’s autism was severe and violent and family life was a daily battleground.

But the Gardner’s lives were transformed when they welcomed a gorgeous Golden Retriever into the family. The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry helped them to produce the breakthrough in Dale they had long sought. From taking a bath to saying ‘I love you’, Henry helped introduce Dale to all the normal activities most parents take for granted, and set him on the road to being the charming and well-adjusted young man he is today.

A Friend Like Henry

Call Number
WS 350.8.P4 Gar 2008

Borderline Personality Disorder

I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality
By Jerold J. Kreisman;  Hal Straus

After more than two decades as the essential guide to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), this new edition now reflects the most up- to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder as well as connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, ADHD, and eating disorders.

Both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic advancements point to real hope for success in the treatment and understanding of BPD.

This expanded and revised edition remains as accessible and useful as its predecessor and will reestablish this book as the go-to source for those diagnosed with BPD, their family, friends, and colleagues, as well as professionals and students in the field.

I Hate You -- Don't Leave Me Understanding the Borderline Personality

Call Number
WM 190.5.B5 Kre 2010

Stop Walking On Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder
By Kreger Randy, Paul T Mason

Do you feel manipulated, controlled, or lied to? Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages? Do you feel you are ‘walking on eggshells’ to avoid the next confrontation?

If the answer is ‘yes,’ someone you care about may have borderline personality disorder (BPD). Stop Walking on Eggshells has already helped nearly half a million people with friends and family members suffering from BPD understand this destructive disorder, set boundaries, and help their loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors. This compassionate guide will enable you to:

  • Make sense out of the chaos
  • Stand up for yourself and assert your needs
  • Defuse arguments and conflicts
  • Protect yourself and others from violent behaviour

Stop Walking On Eggshells

Call Number
WM 190 .Mas 2010

The essential family guide to borderline personality disorder : new tools and techniques to stop walking on eggshells
By: Randi Kreger

For family members of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), home life is routinely unpredictable and frequently unbearable. Extreme mood swings, impulsive behaviors, unfair blaming and criticism, and suicidal tendencies common conduct among those who suffer from the disorder leave family members feeling confused, hurt, and helpless.

Now, with The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, Kreger takes readers to the next level by offering them five straightforward tools to organize their thinking, learn specific skills, and focus on what they need to do to get off the emotional rollercoaster: Take care of yourself Uncover what keeps you feeling stuck Communicate to be heard Set limits with love Reinforce the right behaviors.

The essential family guide to borderline personality disorder

Call Number
WM 190 .Kre 2008


Fantasy Fiction

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.


Call Number
PQ 9698.13.O3546 Alc 1993

Philosophical fiction

Tuesdays With Morrie
By Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.


Call Number
PS 3552. Alb 1997

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
By Mitch Albom

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you’ve ever thought about the afterlife–and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.


Call Number
PS 3552. Alb 2003

When Breath Becomes Air
By: Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

When Breath Becomes Air

Call Number
WZ 100 .Kal 2016


Man’s Search for Meaning
By Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

Man's Search for Meaning

Call Number
WM 420 .Fra 2006




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