Books about Body and Mind – and More
I have compiled a list of books for you that have broadened my perspective, although I do not share all the opinions expressed:
- John Bradshaw: Homecoming. Reclaiming and championing your inner child. Bantam Books.
- Louann Brizendine: The Female Brain. Bantam.
- Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan: Mean Genes. From sex to money to food. Taming our primal instincts. Basic Books.
- John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick: Loneliness. Human nature and the need for social connection. Norton.
- William H. Calvin: A Brain for All Seasons. Human evolution and abrupt climate change. The University of Chicago Press.
- Nessa Carey: The Epigenetics Revolution. How modern biology is rewriting our understanding of genetics, disease and inheritance. Icon.
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow. The psychology of optimal experience. Harper Perennial.
- Antonio Damasio: Looking for Spinoza. Joy, sorrow and the feeling brain. Vintage.
- Norman Doidge: The Brain that Changes Itself. Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science. Penguin.
- Norman Doidge: The Brain’s Way of Healing. Stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries. Penguin.
- Daniel Goleman: Emotional Intelligence. Why it can matter more than IQ. Bantam Books.
- Carla Hannaford: Smart Moves. Why learning is not all in your head. Great River Books.
- Yuval Noah Harari: Homo Deus. A brief history of tomorrow. Harvill Secker.*
- Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens. A brief history of humankind. Harvill Secker.*
- Thomas A. Harris: I’m Ok, You’re Ok. Arrow.
- Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre: Healing Developmental Trauma. How early trauma affects self-regulation, self-image, and the capacity for relationship. North Atlantic Books.
- Sue Johnson: Hold Me Tight. Your guide to the most successful approach to building loving relationships. Piatkus.
- Eric R. Kandel, James H. Schwartz and Thomas M. Jessell: Principles of Neural Science. Elsevier.
- Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson: Raising Cain. Protecting the emotional life of boys. Ballantine.
- Laura Kipnis: Unwanted Advances. Sexual paranoia comes to campus. Harper.
- Peter A. Levine: In an Unspoken Voice. How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. North Atlantic Books.
- Peter A. Levine: Trauma and Memory. Brain and body in a search for the living past. A practical guide for understanding and working with traumatic memory. North Atlantic Books.
- Rodolfo R. Llinás: I of the Vortex. From neurons to self. MIT Press.
- David S. Moore: The Developing Genome. An introduction to behavioral epigenetics. Oxford.
- Susan Neiman: Why Grow Up? Philosophy in transit. Penguin.
- Rudolf Nieuwenhuys: Chemoarchitecture of the Brain. Springer.
- Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven: The Archaeology of Mind. Neuroevolutionary origins of human emotions. Norton.
- Esther Perel: The State Of Affairs. Rethinking Infidelity. Yellow Kite.
- Candace B. Pert: Molecules of Emotion. Why you feel the way you feel. Scribner.
- Stephen W. Porges: The Polyvagal Theory. Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation. Norton.
- Robert Reich: Saving Capitalism. For the many, not the few. Icon.
- Marnia Robinson: Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow. From habit to harmony in sexual relationships. North Atlantic Books.
- Richard Rohr: The Naked Now. Learning to see as the mystics see. Crossroad.
- Joseph Romm: Climate Change. What everyone needs to know. Oxford.
- Jack Lee Rosenberg, Marjorie L. Rand and Diane Asay: Body, Self and Soul. Sustaining integration. Humanics.
- Jack Lee Rosenberg and Beverly Kitaen-Morse: The Intimate Couple. Reaching new levels of sexual excitement through body awakening and relationship renewal. Turner.
- David Schnarch: Intimacy and Desire. Awaken the passion in your relationship. Beaufort.
- Robert C. Scaer. The Body Bears the Burden. Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease. Routledge.
- Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg: The Hormone of Closeness. The role of oxytocin in relationships. Pinter & Martin.
- Paul Watzlawick, John H. Weakland and Richard Fisch: Change. Principles of problem formation and problem resolution. Norton.
- Mark Williams and Danny Penman: Mindfulness. A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. Piatkus.
*In case you want to read the books by Yuval Noah Harari, I recommend to start with Sapiens because Homo Deus builds up on it.
intuitively right – Psychological Counselling
Dr. phil. Peter Flury-Kleubler, Psychologist FSP, St. Gallen, Switzerland