Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Popular Psychology Pathologies. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
"Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." ( AudioFile Magazine ) This program is read by the authors. Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand. “Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives." (Oprah Winfrey) This audiobook is going to change the way you see your life. Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question. Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the audiobook, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future - opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
- Author: Oprah Winfrey
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Child
2. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score , he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
- Author: Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2015)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-0143127741
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
3. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, ... (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
A clear and effective approach to learning evidence-based DBT skills—now in a fully revised and updated second edition. Do you have trouble managing your emotions? First developed by Marsha M. Linehan for treating borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has proven effective as treatment for a range of other mental health problems, and can greatly improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. However, to make use of these techniques, you need to build skills in four key areas: distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook , a collaborative effort from three esteemed authors, offers evidence-based, step-by-step exercises for learning these concepts and putting them to work for real and lasting change. Start by working on the introductory exercises and, after making progress, move on to the advanced-skills chapters. Whether you’re a mental health professional or a general reader, you'll benefit from this clear and practical guide to better managing your emotions. This fully revised and updated second edition also includes new chapters on cognitive rehearsal, distress tolerance, and self-compassion. Once you’ve completed the exercises in this book and are ready to move on to the next level, check out the authors’ new book, The New Happiness Workbook .
- Author: Matthew McKay
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2nd edition (September 1, 2019)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Mental Health
- ISBN: 978-1684034581
4. It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle
“This groundbreaking book offers a compelling understanding of inherited trauma and fresh, powerful tools for relieving its suffering. Mark Wolynn is a wise and trustworthy guide on the journey toward healing.” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge A groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations, by an acclaimed expert in the field Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score . Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood. As a pioneer in the field of inherited family trauma, Mark Wolynn has worked with individuals and groups on a therapeutic level for over twenty years. It Didn’t Start with You offers a pragmatic and prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach. Diagnostic self-inventories provide a way to uncover the fears and anxieties conveyed through everyday words, behaviors, and physical symptoms. Techniques for developing a genogram or extended family tree create a map of experiences going back through the generations. And visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue create pathways to reconnection, integration, and reclaiming life and health. It Didn’t Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.
- Author: Mark Wolynn
- Publisher: Penguin Life; Illustrated edition (April 25, 2017)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Mental Health
- ISBN: 978-1101980385
- Dimensions: 5.49 x 0.66 x 8.4 inches
5. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding - "tribes". This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival. Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that - for many veterans as well as civilians - war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.
- Author: Sebastian Junger
- Genre: History, Military, United States, Veterans
6. My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
A NATIONAL BESTSELLER " My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide. Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system. Offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary. Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW , is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with bestselling authors Dr. David Schnarch ( Passionate Marriage ) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk ( The Body Keeps the Score ). He also trained at Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
- Author: Resmaa Menakem
- Publisher: Central Recovery Press; Illustrated edition (September 19, 2017)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Sociology
- ISBN: 978-1942094470
- Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
7. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales
In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" ( The New York Times ) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks' splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject". PLEASE NOTE: Some changes have been made to the original manuscript with the permission of Oliver Sacks.
- Author: Oliver Sacks
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology
8. DSM-5 Overview (Quick Study Academic)
Overview of highly relevant aspects of the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM) handbook used by health care professionals as a guide to diagnosing mental disorders. Our handy summary of disorders is a great reference tool for students and professionals to support the study and practice of the DSM-5 manual.
- Author: Inc. BarCharts
- Publisher: QuickStudy; Lam Rfc Cr edition (May 31, 2014)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
- ISBN: 978-1423222682
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches
9. Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed
Help your child understand and manage their ADHD with engaging activities for kids ages 7 to 12 With the right tools, kids can learn to think positively about their ADHD and see it as a special asset. Thriving with ADHD is filled with easy exercises to help your child with the many facets of ADHD, from self-control and organization to getting tasks done and making friends―so they can flourish at home, school, and beyond. Kids will learn to reframe the way they think about ADHD as they discover their own unique talents. With fun activities that engage their busy minds, this workbook offers a strength-based approach to help your child gain a better understanding of themselves, their ADHD, and the simple things they can do to feel more confident and in control. This ADHD workbook for kids includes: An overview of ADHD ―Teach your child about common symptoms, different ADHD types, and how ADHD can be an advantage. Skill-building exercises ―Establish key executive functioning skills, like dealing with anger and frustration, staying focused, controlling impulses, and communicating effectively. Action-oriented learning ―Help kids thrive in their daily lives with fun lessons for creating a morning routine, making a homework chart, expressing themselves when they’re upset, and more. Show your child how to harness their unique gifts and live life to the fullest with their ADHD―this practical workbook will help guide the way.
- Author: Kelli Miller LCSW MSW
- Publisher: Althea Press; Workbook edition (June 26, 2018)
- Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
- ISBN: 978-1641520416
- Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
10. Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach To Regaining Emotional Control And Becoming Whole
A mind-body workbook for healing and overcoming Complex PTSD Those affected by complex PTSD, or C-PTSD, commonly feel as though there is something fundamentally wrong with them―that somewhere inside there is a part of them that needs to be fixed. Facing one’s PTSD is a brave, courageous act―and with the right guidance, recovery is possible. In The Complex PTSD Workbook , you’ll learn all about C-PTSD and gain valuable insight into the types of symptoms associated with unresolved childhood trauma. Take healing into your own hands while applying strategies to help integrate positive beliefs and behaviors. Discover your path to recovery with: Examples and exercises ―Uncover your own instances of trauma with PTSD activities designed to teach you positive strategies. Expert guidance ―Explore common PTSD diagnoses and common methods of PTSD therapy including somatic therapy, CBT, and mind-body perspectives. Prompts and reflections ―Apply the strategies you’ve learned and identify PTSD symptoms with insightful writing prompts. Find the tools you need to work through C-PTSD and regain emotional control with this mind-body workbook.
- Author: Arielle Schwartz
- Publisher: Althea Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2017)
- Genre: Medical Books, Psychology
- ISBN: 978-1623158248