100 Best Psychology/Self-Help Books

August 30, 2012 — 5 Comments

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to read to support your Emotional Healing journey. Because of that, I’ve put together a list of 100 Best Psychology/Self Help Books that will assist you in healing naturally.

Kari Joys Emotional Healing

Twelve Categories of the 100 Best Psychology/Self-Help Books:

1. Healing Anxiety and Depression
2. Adult Recovery from Dysfunctional Families
3. Healing Verbal and Emotional Abuse
4. Healing Sexual Abuse
5. Energy Healing
6. Antidepressants and Natural Alternatives
7. Healthy Relationships 8. Healthy Parenting
9. Finding Happiness
10. Affirmations and Visualization
11. Spirituality
12. Positive Prayer

1. The Best Books for Healing Anxiety and Depression

Healing Anxiety and Depression By Daniel Amen

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook By Edmund J. Bourne

From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life By Lucinda Bassett

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy By David Burns

Beat the Blues Before They Beat You: How to Overcome Depression By Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You By Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

Choosing Light-Heartedness, A 33 Day Journey to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Dysfunctional Family Issues By Kari Joys, M.S.

Anxiety Rescue: Simple Strategies to Stop Fear from Ruling Your Life By Kathryn Tristan

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway By Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach You and Medication Can’t Give You By Richard O’Conner

Depressed and Anxious: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Depression & Anxiety by Thomas Marra

10 Steps to Take Charge of Your Emotional Life: Overcoming Anxiety, Distress, and Depression Through Whole-Person Healing By Eva Wood M.D.

2. The Best Books for Adult Recovery from Dysfunctional Families

The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: Turn the End of a Relationship into the Beginning of a New Life By Susan Anderson

It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up With Addiction As Youngsters, Adolescents, Adults By Claudia Black

Bradshaw On: The Family: A New Way of Creating Solid Self-Esteem By John Bradshaw

Healing the Shame that Binds You By John Bradshaw

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child By John Bradshaw

Adult Children of Abusive Parents: A Healing Program for Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually, or Emotionally Abused By Steven Farmer

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life By Susan Forward

Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families By John Friel Ph.D. and Linda Friel

An Adult Child’s Guide to What’s ‘Normal’ By John Friel Ph.D. and Linda Friel

Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused As Children By Eliana Gil

The Child Abuse Recovery Workbook: Your Life is what Your Parents Made It – How to Make it Yours By Robert Hoc

Broken Toys Broken Dreams: Understanding and Healing Codependency, Compulsive Behaviors and Family By Terry Kellogg with M. Harrison

Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body By Peter Levine

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self By Alice Miller

Journey Toward Complete Recovery : Reclaiming Your Emotional, Spiritual & Sexual Wholeness By Michael Picucci

Learning to Love Yourself: Finding Your Self-Worth By Sharon Wegscheider-Cruise

Lifeskills for Adult Children By Janet Woititz, Ed.D and Alan Garner M.A.

3. The Best Books for Healing Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry By Albert Bernstein, Ph.D.

Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and

Overcome Your Shame By Beverly Engel

The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond By Patricia Evans

Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You By Susan Forward with Donna Frazier

Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse By Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life By Marshall Rosenburg

Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World By Marshall Rosenburg

Emotionally Free : Letting Go of the Past to Live in the Moment By David Viscott

4. The Best Books for Healing Sexual Abuse

Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Practical Self-help For Adults Who Were Sexually Abused As Children By Carolyn Ainscough and Kay Toon.

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition By Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused As Children By Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse By Wendy Maltz

Safe at Last: A Handbook for Recovery from Abuse By David Schopick

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse By Mic Hunter

5. The Best Books for Antidepressants and Natural Alternatives

The Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox By Rp.R. Breggin

The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom By Henry Emmons

The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence, and

“Addiction” By Joseph Glenmullan

Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger from Your Life By Joan Mathews Larson

America Fooled: The Truth About Antidepressants, Antipsychotics And How We’ve Been Deceived By Timothy Scott

Natural Prozac: Learning to Release Your Body’s Own Anti-Depressants By Joel Robertson

6. The Best Books for Energy Healing

Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing: The Last Self-Help Book You Will Ever Need By Gloria Arenson

Freedom at Your Fingertips: Get Rapid Physical and Emotional Relief with the Breakthrough System of Tapping By Ron Ball with 20 EFT Experts

7 Minutes to Natural Pain Release By Daniel Benor M.D.

The Secret of Instant Healing By Frank Kinslow

The Healing Code By Alex Loyd and Ben Johnson

Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions By James Pratt Ph.D. and Peter Lambrough Ph.D.

Instant Pain Elimination: How to Stop the Pain You Feel in 2 Minutes or Less By Kam Yuen

7. The Best Books for Healthy Relationships

How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving By David Richo

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, 20th Anniversary Edition By Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved By Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex By John Grey

The Gift of Betrayal: How to Heal Your Life When Your World Explodes By Eva Wood, M.D.

Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment By Gay Hendricks

Fighting for Your Marriage: A Deluxe Revised Edition of the Classic Best-seller for Enhancing Marriage and Preventing Divorce By Howard Markman

The New Intimacy: Discovering the Magic at the Heart of Your Differences By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. and James Sniechowski, Ph.D.

Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family By Dr. Phil McGraw

8. The Best Books for Healthy Parenting

Parenting With Love And Logic By Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child By Katie Granju and Betsy Kennedy

Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation By Sura Hart and V. Hodson

Tapping for Kids: A Children’s Guide to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) By Angie Muccillo

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience By Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost By Jean Liedloff

Positive Discipline By Jane Nelson

9. The Best Books for Finding Happiness

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment By Deepak Chopra

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living By Dalai Lama

Happiness Now: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good FAST By Robert Holden

ENJOY LIFE! Healing with Happiness By Lynn d. Johnson

Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life By Judith Orloff

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment By Martin Seligman

Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out By Marci Shimnoff with Carol Kline

10. The Best Books for Affirmations and Visualization

The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits By Gregg Braden

The Power By Ronda Byrne

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life By Shakti Gawain

You Can Heal Your Life By Louise Hay

The Art of Conscious Creation: How You Can Transform the World By Jackie Lapin

Your Destiny Switch: Master Your Key Emotions, and Attract the Life of Your Dreams By Peggy McColl

Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More By Joe Vitale

11. The Best Books for Spirituality

Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson By Joan Borysenko

The Presence Process: A Journey into Present Moment Awareness By Michael Brown

Alchemy of the Heart By Michael Brown

The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices By David Simon, M.D.

Free to Love, Free to Heal: Heal Your Body by Healing Your Emotions By David Simon

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart By Thich Nhat Hanh

Love Is Letting Go of Fear By Gerald Jampolsky

Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients By Bernie Siegel

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose By Eckhart Tolle

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” By Marianne Williamson

12. The Best Books for Positive Prayer

Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine By Larry Dossey, M.D.

Handbook of Positive Prayer By Hypatia Hasbrouck

Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World By Maggie Oman

Miracle Prayer: Nine Steps to Creating Prayers That Get Results By Susan Shumsky

Divine Guidance: How to Have a Dialogue with God and Your Guardian Angels By Dorreen Virtue

Illuminata: A Return to Prayer By Marianne Williamson

13. The Best Books for Healing Your Body Naturally

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself By Dr. Lissa Rankin

Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients  By Dr. Bernie Siegel

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips By Kris Carr

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! By Kris Carr

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More Information

For more information, you may also enjoy reading some of Kari’s other Blog Posts like:

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Conquer Anxiety through Personal Power

Overcome Depression Naturally

Triumph Over Trauma

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  5. Gary Gorlick, MD September 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    My three favorite self-help books are: Your erroneous zones ( Wayne Dyer ) Personhood ( Leo Buscaglia) and Risking ( Viscott ). Digesting them can lead to big understandings and perhaps even life changes as needed.

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