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Personal Growth

  • A Thousand Paths to Happiness
    A fresh look at traditional wisdom, this indispensable book provides 1,000 wise, witty and inspiring thoughts on happiness. The perfect companion for enlightenment in the 21st century.
  • Awakening the Heroes Within
    In this bold and original work, Carol S. Pearson shows that the heroic quest isn’t just for certain people under special circumstances. Exploring the many heroic paths available to each of us, at every point in our lives, her innovative program enables us to live heroically by activating and applying twelve archetypes in our lives.
  • Beyond Machiavelli: Tools for Coping with Conflict
    This cogent book offers a clear approach for dealing with conflicting interests of any kind. A step-by-step process for dealing with the persistent and complex disputes that mark our changing, often dangerous world.
  • Changing Directions in the Treatment of Women: A Mental Health Bibliography
    A mental health bibliography of mental health issues for women.
  • Core Energetics: Developing the Capacity to Love and Heal
    Therapeutic work of Dr. John Pierrakos is based on these principles: 1. The person is a psychosomatic unity. 2. The source of healing lies within the self, not with an outside agency 3. All of existence forms a unity that moves toward creative evolution, both of the whole and of the countless components.
  • Creative Visualization: Use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life.
    This clear and practical guide contains east-to-use techniques to: Feel more relaxed and peaceful, increase your vitality and improve your health, develop your creative talents, create more fulfillment in relationships, reach your career goals, dissolve negative habit patterns, increase your prosperity and much more.
  • Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation
    The author of the groundbreaking Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa explains the phenomenon of self-mutilation, a disorder that affects as many as two million Americans.
  • For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality
    Lonnie Garfield Barbach, psychologist and sex therapist with the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, explores the extent of the problems many women have in understanding their sexual natures, and in reaching orgasm.
  • Freedom from Depression Workbook A twelve part plan to define and identify depression, understand mental and physical factors of depression and develop keys to lasting change
  • Getting Organized: The Easy Way to Put Your Life in Order, Make the Time and Let it Work For You
    Cut through confusion and take control of your life by Getting Organized. You’re doing more now, but are you doing it as well as you could be? Organization--that’s what you need, and here’s the book that shows you how to get it in everything from financial planning to meal planning.
  • Goddess Within: A Guide to the Eternal Myths That Shape Women's Lives
    A guide to the goddess qualities that live within us all. It is a fascinating exploration of how applying this dynamic approach to your life can enrich your self-knowledge, free you from unfair expectations, and help you navigate the turning points in your life by understanding which goddess type is coming to the fore.
  • Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
    The “child within" refers to that part of each of us which is ultimately alive, energetic, creative and fulfilled; it is our real self--who we truly are. Dr. Whitfield in Healing the Child Within describes the journey of discovery and healing our fears, confusion and unhappiness.
  • Healing the Shame that Binds You
    In an emotionally revealing way Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to super achieve, resulting in the breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives.
  • Holistic Medicine: A Meeting of East and West
    In Holistic Medicine, Dr Henry Altenberg examines various techniques that integrate psychotherapy and Eastern religion to create an effective holistic healing process, uniting mind, body, and spirit.
  • How to Prevent Hardening of the Attitude (audio tape)
  • Living in Balance
    Offering a synthesis of ancient wisdom traditions such as mindfulness with cutting edge research on peak human performance and effective, easy-to-implement tools, the Leveys, pioneers in stress mastery and mind-body health, answer the question, “How can we master the art of balancing within the modern environment of accelerating change?
  • Living Happily Ever After: Thrive on Change, Triumph Over Adversity
    In this book, I explore the notion that happiness exists on a far more grand, profound level than fairy tales ever promised; that glad endings are indeed possible; and that almost all problems have solutions, if only in the way we see them in our minds.
  • Man and His Symbols
    C. G. Jung and his associates try to make clear the role played by the symbol-creating function in man’s unconscious psyche and point out some fields of application in this newly discovered area of life.
  • On Becoming a Person
    In the few years since it was first published, this study of personal growth and creativity by one of America’s most distinguished psychologists has established itself as a classic work, one that challenges many concepts and attitudes of traditional psychology.
  • Peace, Love and Healing: Bodymind Communication and the Path to Self-Healing: An Exploration
    Originally published nearly ten years ago, Peace, Love and Healing offered the revolutionary message that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves. Now proven by numerous scientific studies, the connection between our minds and our bodies has been increasingly accepted as fact throughout the mainstream medical community.
  • Quest: A Guide for Creating Your Own Vision Quest
    This book will show you how to discover your life’s purpose, find mystery and wonder at the core of your life, release limiting beliefs about yourself, call for a vision, harness the power of the sacred circle, confront and free yourself from fears, experience your connection to nature, heal emotional wounds...
  • Sex: The Facts, The Acts and Your Feelings
    This book is about an integrated, joyful, informed, creative expression of sexuality.
  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
    The warrior’s path is opened to contemporary men and women in search of self-mastery and greater fulfillment. In modern terms, Trungpa discusses synchronizing mind and body, overcoming habitual behaviors, realizing within discipline, facing the world with openness and fearlessness, and finding the sacred dimension of everyday life.
  • The Life We Are Given: A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul
    The Life We Are Given describes Integral Transformative Practice (ITP)--a pioneering program for transforming body, mind, heart, and spirit through balanced and comprehensive long-term practice.
  • The Spontaneous You
    Find the foundations and examine the basis of human living, not as a theory but in experience. Find the releasing answer to living free in your private prison of frustrating circumstances. Live with zest and pleasure and find the purpose in living not for ourselves but for others.
  • The Time Trap: How to Get More Done in Less Time
    Practical, easy-to-apply tips and techniques for overcoming the problems of procrastination, interruptions, decision-making, organization, and delegation. The suggestions in this book will help all who want to make the most of their personal time and save it for what they really consider to be important.
  • The Unconscious Mind: The Meaning of Freudian Psychology
    The aim of this book is to give a thorough, systematic, lucid, and objective description of the theory and technique of psychoanalysis as developed by Freud and his disciples.
  • Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams
    How we create limitations and how we can transcend them to live a life of joy, connectedness, and meaning. Chopra brings together disciplines ranging from modern physics and neuroscience to ancient traditions of Indian wisdom to show how our perceptions create our reality and how the outside world can be shaped by altering the world within.
  • Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
    In this book, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one’s own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners--anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.
  • Winning Through Intimidation
    Winning Through Intimidation explains--in terms candid enough to make you wince at times--what intimidation is, why you become intimidated, and how you can avoid the mental lapses that can cause you to fall victim to intimidation. Learn to deal from a position of strength. Start Winning Through Intimidation today.
  • Woman: Dependent or Independent Variable?
    This book was written and put together in order to aid in the definition of a new field of study--the psychology of women.
  • Women Who Run With the Wolves
    Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche.

Physical Health

  • Celebration of Breath (Rebirthing, Book II) or How to Survive Anything and Heal Your Body
    Explore the basic steps that we can take to produce well-being, physical perfection and longevity. A nurse for many years, Sondra Ray left the establishment way to health to experience the phenomena of healing through the physical process of Rebirthing.
  • The Harper Collins Illustrated Medical Dictionary
    The complete home medical dictionary. More than 26,000 terms defined, with more than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations and charts.
  • The Massage Book
    Massage is for your mate, your family, and your friends. It is for grandmothers and babies, for pets,for those you love and if you are up to it for those you hate. To do massage is physically to help someone, to take care of them. It is for anyone with whom you feel prepared to share an act of physical caring.
  • The Natural Remedy Book for Women
    A self-help guide to holistic health care. Part 1 presents ten natural healing methods in depth. Pat 2 describes fifty common health issues and diseases. Remedies from all ten methods are given for each illness providing women with a wide variety of choices, emphasizes self-healing, simplicity and a return to the ways of the earth.
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
    Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions.
  • Your Health Handbook
    This handbook will serve as a guide to sensible self-care for the whole family.

Diet and Exercise

  • Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
    See the world with new eyes. Journey to five continents and discover your own power and hope in this thirtieth-anniversary sequel to the three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet--featuring 100 pages of recipes by ecological culinary pioneers including Alice Waters, Mollie Katzen, and Nora Pouillon.
  • Jane Fonda's Workout Book
    Jane Fonda’s Workout Book is more than the best exercise program designed for women-it offers a whole new approach to health and beauty. Jane Fonda’s philosophy of physical well-being, which she has incorporated into her own life, will change forever the way you think about and treat your body.
  • Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit
    Adelle Davis, America’s foremost nutrition authority, tells you simply and clearly how you may be injuring your health through the foods you eat--and how proper diet can make you feel better, look younger, and lead a more productive life.
  • Sugar Blues: Exposing sugar, the killer in your diet--offering you a life-saving, sugar-free way to health.
    Like opium, morphine and heroin, sugar is an addictive, destructive drug. If you are overweight, or suffer from migraine, hypoglycemia or acne, the plague of the Sugar Blues has hit you. Duffy sums up the results of his research and shows you how to live better without sugar and includes recipes for delicious dishes--all sugar-free.

Life Stages

  • Development Through Life
    In considering psychological development throughout the entire life cycle we have chosen a tightly integrated approach rather than a widely diversified treatment of human development. This strategy gives full attention to certain important developmental themes that recur in different stages of life.
  • In Your Hands: The Tools for Preserving Personal Autonomy Video Tape
  • New Passages
    People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to die, thereby shifting all the stages of adulthood--by up to ten years. Shehey describes these new stages and provides startling facts.
  • On Death and Dying: What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy and their own families
    An account of a new and challenging opportunity to refocus on the patient as a human being, to include him in dialogues, to learn from him the strengths and weaknesses of our hospital management of the patient. We have asked him to be our teacher so that we may learn more about the final stages of life with all its anxieties, fears, and hopes.
  • Sexual Turning Points: The Seven Stages of Adult Sexuality
    The central theme of this book has been that our sexuality grows, changes, and shifts as long as we live, and that it is challenged and stressed continually by life events and biological changes. We need to be prepared for these changes and understand what is happening, or we will waste a great deal of energy on anxiety and unhappiness.
  • Smart Medicine for Menopause: Hormone Replacement Therapy and its Natural Alternatives
    Menopause is only one of the greatest physical milestones in a woman’s life. Yet many women lack concrete information about the changes taking place in their bodies. This book explains what is happening, lets you know what to expect, and tells you what you can do to minimize unpleasant symptoms and maximize your good health.

Spirituality

  • Barefoot Doctor's Guide to the Tao: A Spiritual Handbook for the Urban Warrior
    A modern approach to an ancient art that will give you the tools you need to survive and thrive amid the growing pressures of modern life. Here is the Tao with hipness, humor, and a complete lack of inscrutability. The Tao, which translates roughly as “The Way" is a basic philosophy for focusing the mind, channeling energy, and strengthening the spirit.
  • Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
    “In his book, Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore reclaims the Soul for psychotherapy in a deeply moving way. He points out that our wounds offer not only a window that opens a view of our Soul, but also a door to enter its domain.
  • Christian Healing: A Practical, Comprehensive Guide
    This thoughtfully written book will help illuminate the issue and help people who see the key place the gift of healing has in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but who are still struggling with questions.
  • Manifest Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want
    Manifest Your Destiny is a stunning work that focuses on the ancient principle of manifesting through the timeless art of meditation. With characteristic insight and clarity, Dyer teaches the process of meditation as a way to streamline our thoughts, desires, and goals, and to bring what we most desire into our lives.
  • The Seat of the Soul
    Gary Zukav explores the new phase of evolution we have now entered. He explains that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses--external power--into a species that pursues authentic power--power that is base upon the perceptions and values of the spirit.

Communication Skills

  • Breaking the Ice: How to Improve Your On-The-Spot Communication Skills
    Learn interpersonal and communication skills to “break the ice". Learn to your own “Ice-Q", overcome your fears, and create grand openings. Whether you’re encountering strangers in your business or trying to be more comfortable approaching people you already know, this is a book you’ll want to keep close.
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
    Based on fifteen years of research at the Harvard Negotiation Project, Difficult Conversations walks you through a proven step-by-step approach for how to have your toughest conversations with less stress and more success.

Last Updated: 10/2/12