The best 100 Trauma & Healing books

Trauma and healing are important topics in today's fast-paced and often challenging world. Understanding the impact of trauma and the process of healing can provide valuable insights into our emotional well-being and mental health. Our book list is designed to help you explore these complex subjects.

This list offers a range of perspectives on overcoming trauma and embracing the journey towards healing. From personal stories to professional guidance, these books can provide support and inspiration during difficult times. So, let's embark on this transformative path and start the journey towards healing and growth!
The best 100 Trauma & Healing books
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Trauma & Healing Books: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.3 (33 ratings)
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What's A Long Way Gone about?

A Long Way Gone (2007) is a story of how, as a young boy in Sierra Leone, the author found himself caught in a civil war and recruited as a child soldier. You’ll travel alongside during his harrowing journey, eventual rescue and recovery guided through the kindness and grace of loving people.

Who should read A Long Way Gone?

  • Anyone interested in modern history of Sierra Leone
  • Students of history exploring civil wars and warfare
  • People curious about the ongoing plight of child soldiers in Africa

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Trauma & Healing Books: It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn

It Didn't Start With You

Mark Wolynn
How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End The Cycle
4.2 (415 ratings)
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What's It Didn't Start With You about?

It Didn’t Start With You (2016) sheds light on a common thread in family relationships. These blinks explain how the source of your emotional or mental problems isn’t necessarily you but instead, your family history. You’ll learn how trauma can be passed from generation to generation, and what you can do to break the cycle.

Who should read It Didn't Start With You?

  • Anyone struggling with depression, anxiety or phobias
  • Parents and children seeking to mend relationships
  • Psychology students

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel van der Kolk
Mind, Brain and the Body in the Transformation of Trauma
4.5 (1,136 ratings)
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What's The Body Keeps the Score about?

The Body Keeps the Score (2014) explains what trauma is and how it can change our lives for the worse. These blinks investigate the wide-ranging effects experienced not only by traumatized people, but also those around them. Nevertheless, while trauma presents a number of challenges, there are ways to heal.

Who should read The Body Keeps the Score?

  • People struggling with chronic pain, anxiety or depression
  • Family and friends of PTSD sufferers
  • Students of psychology and medicine

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Trauma & Healing Books: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Option B

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
4.3 (113 ratings)
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What's Option B about?

Option B (2017) is based on the personal experiences of Sheryl Sandberg who, after losing her husband, fell into a period of deep mourning. However, Sheryl’s story is not one of despair; it’s one of perseverance, and of emerging from a horrible experience even stronger than before. Discover what Sheryl learned about the grieving process and how she was able to reclaim her joy, find meaning in life – and death – and move on.

Who should read Option B?

  • Grief counselors
  • Readers experiencing personal hardship and mourning
  • Parents, friends and lovers who want to be supportive

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Trauma & Healing Books: Stitches by Anne Lamott

Stitches

Anne Lamott
A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
3.9 (28 ratings)
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What's Stitches about?

Stitches (2014) is about embracing the negative aspects of life that you’re powerless to change, and building a community to help you work through them. These blinks explain why so many people run from suffering and pain, and why acknowledging such difficult experiences is the only way to overcome them.

Who should read Stitches?

  • Anyone who works with or for other people
  • People who feel overwhelmed by suffering
  • Fans of self-help and Lamott’s other books

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Power Of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith

The Power Of Meaning

Emily Esfahani Smith
Crafting a Life That Matters
4.5 (350 ratings)
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What's The Power Of Meaning about?

The Power of Meaning (2017) discusses the four pillars of meaning that a person should honor if they hope to lead a fulfilling life. This book encourages readers to discover themselves by searching for a purpose in life, connecting with others, engaging in transcendence and learning from past traumas.

Who should read The Power Of Meaning?

  • Anyone interested in spirituality  
  • Those struggling through hardship
  • People interested in psychology, philosophy and literature

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Trauma & Healing Books: Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

Hold Me Tight

Sue Johnson
Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships
4.2 (279 ratings)
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What's Hold Me Tight about?

Hold Me Tight (2008) focuses on one of life’s greatest challenges: building and sustaining an intimate relationship. Drawing on the author’s own highly successful couple therapy form EFT (Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy) – based on the idea that the quality of relationships are defined by key emotional moments, both positive and negative – these blinks show you how to form a deeper, and more enduring bond with your partner.

Who should read Hold Me Tight?

  • Recent singles who wonder what went wrong
  • Couples who want to sustain and nurture their relationship
  • Friends and family of people in rocky relationships

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Trauma & Healing Books: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger

Roxane Gay
A Memoir of (My) Body
4.2 (61 ratings)
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What's Hunger about?

Hunger (2017) is a personal, open-hearted account of what it’s like to live with a body that’s frowned upon by society.

Who should read Hunger?

  • Victims of abuse and sexual violence
  • Students of psychology and social work
  • Anyone struggling with eating disorders

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Trauma & Healing Books: A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness

Masaji Ishikawa
One Man’s Escape from North Korea
4.5 (53 ratings)
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What's A River in Darkness about?

A River in Darkness (2000) is the harrowing true story of one man’s life in and eventual escape from the brutal dictatorship of North Korea. Born in Japan, Masaji Ishikawa was one of hundreds of thousands of Koreans who moved to the country between the 1950s and 1980s. His memoir chronicles the life of drudgery, terror and endless hardship that awaited them.

Who should read A River in Darkness?

  • Human rights advocates
  • History buffs fascinated by the Cold War
  • Anyone who loves true life stories

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion
3.9 (91 ratings)
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What's The Year of Magical Thinking about?

The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) is a poignant memoir about loss and grief. It tells the deeply personal story of Joan Didion’s experiences with the life-threatening illnesses of her daughter and the death of her husband. But more than that, it’s also a thought-provoking philosophical exploration of the meaning of mortality, the fragility of life and the mutability of everything that surrounds us.

Who should read The Year of Magical Thinking?

  • Anyone who’s felt anguish over another person’s life-threatening illness 
  • Those who have experienced the loss of a loved one
  • Anyone who wants to understand the nature of grief 

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Trauma & Healing Books: Widen the Window by Elizabeth A. Stanley

Widen the Window

Elizabeth A. Stanley
Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma
4.7 (409 ratings)
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What's Widen the Window about?

Widen the Window (2019) is your guide to healing trauma, relieving chronic stress, and living fully in the present. Drawing on her personal experience as a military leader and building on the latest science, Elizabeth A. Stanley examines how stress and trauma impact our mind and body; how our culture incentivizes work over health; and how mindfulness can bridge the gap between our thinking brains and our bodies’ ancient survival stress response.

Who should read Widen the Window?

  • Anyone who has suffered physical or psychological trauma 
  • People working in the military, first response, and other high stress professions
  • Overachievers, workaholics, and other “type A” personalities

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Trauma & Healing Books: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Know My Name

Chanel Miller
A Memoir
4.6 (34 ratings)
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What's Know My Name about?

In Know My Name (2019), Chanel Miller presents her side of what happened when she was sexually assaulted by Stanford student Brock Turner and forced to endure a long and traumatizing trial in the public eye. Drawing parallels between her own experience and the structural mistreatment of women in the court system, she explains what made her determined to share her story and empower other survivors.

Who should read Know My Name?

  • People who want to learn more about the experience of sexual assault survivors in the US court system
  • Memoir-lovers who want to be inspired by the story of a remarkable woman 
  • Activists who want inspiration for effecting political change

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Trauma & Healing Books: I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver

I’ve Been Thinking

Maria Shriver
Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life
4.3 (97 ratings)
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What's I’ve Been Thinking about?

I’ve Been Thinking (2018) is a collection of thoughts, quotes, and prayers to accompany you through daily life. Whether you’re young or old, religious or agnostic, have both feet on the ground or find yourself in a difficult place, it will inspire you to chart your own path to a meaningful life.

Who should read I’ve Been Thinking?

  • Workaholics and busybodies who need to catch their breath
  • Non-believers looking for spiritual guidance 
  • Anyone struggling with their faith, grief, or loss

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Trauma & Healing Books: Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Why Does He Do That?

Lundy Bancroft
Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
4.5 (231 ratings)
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What's Why Does He Do That? about?

Why Does He Do That? (2003) reveals the psychology behind abusive men. Drawing on his experience as a counselor to male abusers, author Lundy Bancroft explains the nature of abusive thinking, the early warning signs of abuse, and the steps women can take to free themselves from an abusive relationship.

Who should read Why Does He Do That??

  • Anyone who feels trapped in an abusive relationship
  • Mothers considering leaving their abusive partner
  • People who suspect a friend or family member is being abused

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Trauma & Healing Books: When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté

When the Body Says No

Gabor Maté
The Cost of Hidden Stress
4.6 (627 ratings)
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What's When the Body Says No about?

When the Body Says No (2003) probes the hidden connections between mental health and physical illness. Modern medical science often tries to reassure us that our minds and bodies are totally separate – when, in reality, they’re deeply interconnected. Mental stresses often play out in the body as physiological diseases, disorders, and chronic conditions that endanger our health and well-being.

Who should read When the Body Says No?

  • People who have chronic health conditions or who know others who have them
  • The eternally stressed
  • Those interested in the connections between mind and body

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Myth of Sanity by Martha Stout

The Myth of Sanity

Martha Stout
Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness
4.4 (76 ratings)
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What's The Myth of Sanity about?

The Myth of Sanity (2001) dispels the idea that only “crazy” people experience dissociative states – periods of time in which we might forget where we are, lose track of time, or even have out-of-body experiences. Though we might not all have endured the overt instances of abuse that often lead to dissociative disorders, we are nevertheless shaped by traumas both big and small throughout our lives. By understanding why dissociation happens and how we can overcome it, we can all begin to live more fully in the present.

Who should read The Myth of Sanity?

  • Fans of psychology and the inner workings of the human mind
  • People who have dissociative disorders or know someone who has one
  • Trauma survivors

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Trauma & Healing Books: My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother's Hands

Resmaa Menakem
Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
4.6 (47 ratings)
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What's My Grandmother's Hands about?

My Grandmother’s Hands (2017) explores how racism affects Black, white, and police bodies in the United States – and what individuals and communities can do to heal them. Trauma therapist Resmaa Menakem explains why historic, familial, and personal trauma relating to racism is often stored deep in our nervous system, and teaches body-based practices to overcome it.

Who should read My Grandmother's Hands?

  • Black people who want to begin to heal their bodies from the trauma of racism 
  • White folks who want to become better allies through a body-centered practice of anti-racism
  • Police officers and public safety officials who want to learn how to avoid violence

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Trauma & Healing Books: Anxious by Joseph Ledoux

Anxious

Joseph Ledoux
Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety
4.3 (267 ratings)
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What's Anxious about?

Anxious (2015) is an in-depth study of anxiety disorders. It explores how anxiety is diagnosed and examines how our in-built survival mechanisms can sabotage us by making us perceive danger where none exists. Most importantly, it provides an overview of the most innovative treatment options available – from reprogramming our memories to practicing meditation.

Who should read Anxious?

  • Anyone living with anxiety who wants to understand more about it 
  • Teachers and caregivers who want to support the young people in their care
  • Psychology buffs who want to better understand this pervasive disorder

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Trauma & Healing Books: Didn't See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Didn't See That Coming

Rachel Hollis
Putting Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart
4.6 (113 ratings)
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What's Didn't See That Coming about?

Didn’t See That Coming (2020) is a handbook filled with real-world strategies for coping with pain, tragedy, loss, and betrayal, based on author Rachel Hollis’s own experiences. Without ever sugarcoating the devastating effects of grief and trauma, it offers a blueprint for living with pain without letting it define you, and reaching for your best life even after the worst has happened.

Who should read Didn't See That Coming?

  • Anyone whose life has been shaken by a crisis
  • Friends or family trying to support a loved one through trauma
  • Everyone trying to come to terms with a difficult past

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Trauma & Healing Books: Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch

Emotional First Aid

Guy Winch
Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts
4.4 (244 ratings)
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What's Emotional First Aid about?

Emotional First Aid (2012) is an easy-to-follow manual for addressing the everyday emotional hurts we all experience. From rejection to loss to low self-esteem, Emotional First Aid provides effective strategies for ensuring that treatable emotional pains don’t become deep wounds with lasting psychological effects.

Who should read Emotional First Aid?

  • People struggling to let go of past hurts 
  • Psychology enthusiasts
  • Parents wanting to raise resilient kids

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Trauma & Healing Books: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

You Can Heal Your Life

Louise Hay
4.5 (270 ratings)
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What's You Can Heal Your Life about?

You Can Heal Your Life (1984) is a classic of self-realization and healing. With over 39 million copies in print, this book combines practical and spiritual advice to help you overcome both emotional and physical problems, transforming your life forever.

Who should read You Can Heal Your Life?

  • Self-help fans 
  • Those struggling to process childhood trauma
  • Anyone interested in alternative medicine

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Trauma & Healing Books: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Love Warrior

Glennon Doyle
A Memoir
4.1 (91 ratings)
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What's Love Warrior about?

Love Warrior (2017) by Glennon Doyle is a memoir that recounts how one woman battled through addiction, disordered eating, and betrayal by confronting and ultimately owning her vulnerabilities. More than that, it’s a meditation on what pain has to teach us, and how, by embracing our own failings, we can live as our most authentic selves.

Who should read Love Warrior?

  • Women who try not to take up too much space
  • Mothers struggling to reconnect with their own identities
  • Anyone who’s ever hit rock bottom and wanted to get back up

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Trauma & Healing Books: Forgiving What You Can't Forget by Lysa TerKeurst

Forgiving What You Can't Forget

Lysa TerKeurst
Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That’s Beautiful Again
3.6 (204 ratings)
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What's Forgiving What You Can't Forget about?

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget (2020) is a guide to healing from past hurt. Drawing from her experiences of abuse in her childhood and infidelity in her marriage, author Lysa TerKeurst offers up ways to make peace with painful memories through forgiveness.

Who should read Forgiving What You Can't Forget?

  • Anyone suffering from a broken heart
  • Christians seeking to feel closer to God
  • Those wanting to reframe their suffering as something positive

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Trauma & Healing Books: How to Do the Work by Nicole LePera

How to Do the Work

Nicole LePera
Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self
4.5 (581 ratings)
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What's How to Do the Work about?

How to Do the Work (2021) is a hands-on guide to healing our bodies and minds. The physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of our health are all interconnected. By changing how we eat and exercise, engaging in mindfulness and tackling past trauma, we can heal ourselves and transform our relationships.

Who should read How to Do the Work?

  • Spiritual seekers looking for new ways to connect with the world
  • Children of emotionally unavailable parents looking to heal past trauma
  • Anyone who’s tired of feeling sluggish and burnt out

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Trauma & Healing Books: Deep Creativity by Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig and Dennis Patrick Slattery

Deep Creativity

Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig and Dennis Patrick Slattery
Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit
3.6 (261 ratings)
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What's Deep Creativity about?

Deep Creativity (2019) encourages you to celebrate your inner creative impulses as a means of self-expression. The three authors tell personal stories about their creative practice and offer sage advice for how to live a creatively satisfying life.

Who should read Deep Creativity?

  • Creative souls
  • Dabblers in depth psychology
  • Searchers for inner peace and fulfillment

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Trauma & Healing Books: Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Caroline Leaf

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

Caroline Leaf
5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking
4.3 (797 ratings)
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What's Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess about?

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess (2021) presents a scientifically backed strategy for rooting out toxic thoughts. It breaks down the principles and tools of the Neurocycle – a mind-management process that changes toxic thoughts and their related behaviors into positive thinking and habits.

Who should read Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess?

  • Those looking to take control of their mental state
  • People grappling with the effects of trauma
  • Anyone curious about how the mind and brain are connected

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck

The Way of Integrity

Martha Beck
Finding the Path to Your True Self
4.3 (320 ratings)
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What's The Way of Integrity about?

The Way of Integrity (2021) is a four-stage process to finding integrity – a quality that can alleviate the suffering caused by harmful autopilot actions and beliefs. In reconnecting to what makes you feel whole, you’ll achieve a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and mental well-being.

Who should read The Way of Integrity?

  • People who feel unhappy but aren’t sure why
  • Disconnected individuals who want to improve their relationships
  • Anyone seeking more joy and purpose in their life

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Trauma & Healing Books: No Bad Parts by Richard C. Schwartz

No Bad Parts

Richard C. Schwartz
Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model
4.6 (409 ratings)
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What's No Bad Parts about?

No Bad Parts (2021) argues that we’re all made up of many distinct parts, like inner voices, that add different things to our lives. By engaging these parts directly, we can heal past traumas and transform the way we relate to ourselves and the world.

Who should read No Bad Parts?

  • Deep thinkers who experience internal conflict
  • Psychology buffs interested in an original approach to the mind
  • People who feel numb and dissociated because of early traumatic experiences

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

The Happiest Man on Earth

Eddie Jaku
The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor
4.7 (436 ratings)
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What's The Happiest Man on Earth about?

The Happiest Man on Earth (2020) is the true story of one man, who survived inconceivable horrors during the Holocaust, and afterward made it his mission to change the world for the better. Eddie Jaku saw first-hand how a Fascist regime could spark anti-Semitic hatred, and turn former friends and neighbors into killers. In talking about what happened, he shares how love and kindness helped him to survive one of the worst atrocities in human history.

Who should read The Happiest Man on Earth?

  • History buffs interested in the Holocaust and fascism
  • Memoir-lovers excited to hear the story of an extraordinary man
  • People who want to learn more about surviving complex trauma

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Trauma & Healing Books: Hear Yourself by Prem Rawat

Hear Yourself

Prem Rawat
How to Find Peace in a Noisy World
4.5 (380 ratings)
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What's Hear Yourself about?

Hear Yourself (2021) is a guide to cutting out distractions, silencing your mind, and connecting to your inner peace. Packed with ancient wisdom and compelling anecdotes, it’ll teach you to cultivate calm and serenity within yourself to counter the noise and busyness of the world outside.

Who should read Hear Yourself?

  • Goal-setters who want to follow through on their ambitions
  • People feeling distracted and overwhelmed by the demands of life
  • Anyone trying to navigate periods of stress, trauma, or grief

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

Thich Nhat Hanh
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation
4.6 (388 ratings)
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What's The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching about?

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching (1998) explains core Buddhist teachings, including the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. It shows how to apply these practices to daily life to transform suffering into joy and heal the pain of others.

Who should read The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching?

  • People who are suffering
  • Those wishing to adopt Buddhist practices
  • Anyone who wishes to lead a more joyful life

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Trauma & Healing Books: Spiritual Partnership by Gary Zukav

Spiritual Partnership

Gary Zukav
The Journey to Authentic Power
4.0 (247 ratings)
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What's Spiritual Partnership about?

Spiritual Partnership (2009) is about the new relationships that can develop when we tap into a deep, invisible consciousness. Becoming “multisensory” and engaging in spiritual partnerships with others will lead you to a life of freedom, joy, and authentic power.

Who should read Spiritual Partnership?

  • People interested in spirituality
  • Couples looking to strengthen their relationship
  • Anyone searching for meaning and purpose in life

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Art of Living by William Hart

The Art of Living

William Hart
Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
4.7 (399 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (1987) details the Vipassanā meditation principles set out by the famed Burmese-Indian teacher S. N. Goenka. As well as describing the techniques of Vipassanā meditation, it delves into the deeper philosophy of Buddhism.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Those seeking relief from anxiety, stress, and suffering
  • People curious about Buddhist thinking

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Trauma & Healing Books: You Are Your Best Thing by Edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

You Are Your Best Thing

Edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience
4.1 (102 ratings)
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What's You Are Your Best Thing about?

You Are Your Best Thing (2021) is an anthology of original essays that explore Black experiences of living, loving, and parenting in America today. It examines concepts like vulnerability and shame, and shows that the key to personal healing lies in confronting white supremacy and the racist systems that make Black people feel unsafe in their communities. 

Who should read You Are Your Best Thing?

  • Black people looking for tools to heal from trauma
  • Psychology-lovers seeking new perspectives on how the personal and political intersect
  • Those who want to deepen their understanding of the impact of racism in America

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Trauma & Healing Books: Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin

Wired for Love

Stan Tatkin
How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship
4.5 (556 ratings)
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What's Wired for Love about?

Wired for Love (2012) is a guide to maintaining closeness and emotional security within romantic partnerships. It uses research from neurobiology and psychology to show why long-term couples come into conflict, and it offers practical tips on how to use knowledge about brain functions to promote peace and mutual security in your relationship.

Who should read Wired for Love?

  • Partners in committed relationships
  • Couples seeking to manage conflict 
  • Those interested in social psychology

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Trauma & Healing Books: Us by Terrence Real

Us

Terrence Real
Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship
4.7 (384 ratings)
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What's Us about?

Us (2022) is for anyone whose once-loving relationship has devolved into point-scoring and power struggles. It offers a science-based skill set, illustrated with rich and detailed examples, to help you and your partner heal your toxic individualism and your relationship. 

Who should read Us?

  • Couples who find themselves having the same fight over and over again
  • Partners whose disagreements turn melodramatic within minutes
  • Anyone dealing with a breach of trust in a close relationship

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Trauma & Healing Books: No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler

No Cure for Being Human

Kate Bowler
(and Other Truths I Need to Hear)
4.0 (250 ratings)
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What's No Cure for Being Human about?

No Cure for Being Human (2021) is the thoughtful chronicle of Kate Bowler’s attempts to make the most of her life after a brutal cancer diagnosis at only 35. Part memoir, part critique of the widespread obsession with positivity, No Cure for Being Human is a poignant dispatch from the fragile border between life and death.

Who should read No Cure for Being Human?

  • Those who’ve supporting a loved one through a serious diagnosis, or have received one themselves
  • Critics of the prosperity gospel and impeccably curated Instagram feeds
  • Those grappling with the idea that they, too, might be incurably human

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Trauma & Healing Books: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner
A Memoir
4.2 (124 ratings)
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What's Crying in H Mart about?

Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart (2021), explores Zauner’s search for identity, her relationship with her Korean mother, and her beginnings as a musician. Key moments and emotions are constantly linked with food, which lies at the heart of Zauner’s connection with her mother, her heritage, and her true self.

Who should read Crying in H Mart?

  • Anyone who has experienced grief
  • Fans of Japanese Breakfast
  • Asian food aficionados

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Trauma & Healing Books: Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian

Welcome Home

Najwa Zebian
A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul
4.7 (566 ratings)
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What's Welcome Home about?

Welcome Home (2021) uses the metaphor of a house to provide a personalized blueprint for achieving self-worth, belonging, and happiness. Through personal stories, practical advice, and poetry, it lays out tools you can use to build a place where you’re at peace with yourself.

Who should read Welcome Home?

  • Young adults embarking on a journey of self-discovery
  • Lost or directionless individuals who want to take control of their lives
  • Anyone who wants to be stronger, happier, and emotionally healthier

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Trauma & Healing Books: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things

Cheryl Strayed
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.1 (310 ratings)
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What's Tiny Beautiful Things about?

Tiny Beautiful Things (2012) is a collection of advice columns penned by Cheryl Strayed, the formerly anonymous author of “Dear Sugar” for the Rumpus. It takes readers on a beautiful but sorrowful journey through the different stages of our lives.

Who should read Tiny Beautiful Things?

  • Anyone seeking advice on life
  • Those overcoming depression
  • Individuals seeking healing

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Trauma & Healing Books: Unbound by Tarana Burke

Unbound

Tarana Burke
My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
4.5 (146 ratings)
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What's Unbound about?

Unbound (2021) is a powerful memoir by Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement. Survivors of sexual abuse stay silent because of shame and victim-blaming around the abuse. The Me Too movement has created a remarkable community of survivors who support each other in challenging stigma and holding perpetrators to account. 

Who should read Unbound?

  • Followers of #MeToo who want to find out where it all began 
  • Survivors of sexual assault looking for an inspiring story about how to heal in spite of obstacles
  • Activists who want to learn more about Burke’s unique approach to fighting for social justice

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Trauma & Healing Books: Bittersweet by Susan Cain

Bittersweet

Susan Cain
How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
4.7 (338 ratings)
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What's Bittersweet about?

Bittersweet (2022) is a profound meditation on an often overlooked emotional experience – the bittersweet. It argues that opening up to the bittersweet, where pain and joy mingle, allows us to experience life to the fullest. It also shows how vulnerability can be a strength, longing can be a guide, and sorrow can set us on the path to joy and fulfillment. 

Who should read Bittersweet?

  • Anyone who finds pleasure in sad songs and tear-jerker movies
  • People who’ve experienced loss or trauma and want to find a way back to joy
  • Lovers of the ephemeral, the impermanent, and the fleeting

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Trauma & Healing Books: Heal From Within by Katie Beecher

Heal From Within

Katie Beecher
A Guidebook to Intuitive Wellness
4.1 (280 ratings)
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What's Heal From Within about?

Heal From Within (2022) is a guidebook to self-healing. While traditional medicine tends to focus on symptoms, Beecher argues that we should be paying attention to the cause of an illness. Her healing strategies are based on personal experience, as well as her professional career as a counselor and medical intuitive.

Who should read Heal From Within?

  • People who want to heal from any kind of health issue
  • Empaths and highly sensitive people
  • Anyone who’s interested in learning more about chakras

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Awakened Brain by Lisa Miller

The Awakened Brain

Lisa Miller
The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life
4.5 (540 ratings)
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What's The Awakened Brain about?

The Awakened Brain (2021) reveals the science of spirituality. Drawing on Dr. Lisa Miller’s decades of research and her own personal journey, it locates an innate capacity for spirituality in human biology. When engaged, this spiritual awareness can protect against depression, support health, and reveal the deep interconnection between all life.

Who should read The Awakened Brain?

  • Seekers of science and spirituality
  • People coping with depression or anxiety
  • Anyone contemplating life’s big questions

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Trauma & Healing Books: Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

Codependent No More

Melody Beattie
How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
4.5 (408 ratings)
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What's Codependent No More about?

Codependent No More (1986) is a modern classic that sheds light on codependent relationships. It’s filled with helpful insights into codependency and outlines some basic tools that people can use to recover.

Who should read Codependent No More?

  • People who are compulsive caretakers
  • Those attracted to dysfunctional relationships
  • Anyone affected by a loved one’s drinking or substance abuse

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Trauma & Healing Books: Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein

Mindfulness

Joseph Goldstein
A Practical Guide to Awakening
4.6 (343 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Mindfulness about?

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening (2013) explores how adopting a Buddhist approach to mindfulness can unlock a true and deeply felt freedom. The author draws on an ancient dialogue conducted by Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, and creates a clear, systemic path to establishing mindfulness of body, emotion, thought, and time as a way to overcome suffering.

Who should read Mindfulness?

  • Curious minds interested in the time-tested wisdom of the Buddha
  • Deep thinkers committed to living mindfully 
  • Anyone interested in using meditation to enrich their lives

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu

The Book of Forgiving

Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu
The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
4.6 (318 ratings)
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What's The Book of Forgiving about?

The Book of Forgiving (2014) is a practical guide to harnessing the power of forgiveness and healing in your own life. As humans, we will all experience hurt at some points in our lives. We’ll also harm other people, intentionally or not. Learning to both hold yourself and others  accountable and forgive them for what they’ve done will transform your personal relationships and broader communities. 

Who should read The Book of Forgiving?

  • Anyone who is estranged from a loved one, and is looking for ways to reconcile
  • Psychology buffs interested in a contemporary approach to forgiveness, and how it can change our lives
  • Admirers of Archbishop Desmond Tutu who want to learn more about his pioneering work in forgiveness. 

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Trauma & Healing Books: Lighter by Yung Pueblo

Lighter

Yung Pueblo
Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future
4.6 (513 ratings)
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What's Lighter about?

Lighter (2022) guides anyone seeking self-improvement through the process of releasing the past and taking power over the future. It’s a combination of wisdom and proverbs as well as a practical guide for doing the inner work of self-healing.

Who should read Lighter?

  • Self-improvement seekers
  • Buddhism buffs
  • Anyone who needs to heal from the past

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Trauma & Healing Books: Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliott

Existential Kink

Carolyn Elliott
Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power
4.2 (57 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Existential Kink about?

Existential Kink (2020) invites you to transform your life by embracing your deepest desires and hidden shadows. Through a radical and intriguing journey, you'll discover the power of turning your “wrongness” into personal growth and self-acceptance. With the help of seven axioms and practical exercises, prepare to unleash your true potential and create positive change.

Who should read Existential Kink?

  • Spiritual explorers seeking personal growth
  • Fans of unconventional self-help methods
  • Individuals curious about shadow work

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Trauma & Healing Books: It's OK That You're Not OK by Megan Devine

It's OK That You're Not OK

Megan Devine
Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand
4.4 (255 ratings)
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00:00

What's It's OK That You're Not OK about?

It’s OK That You’re Not OK (2017) is a radical take on grief. It deconstructs and recalibrates how we experience pain and support people who are grieving – and teaches us how to honor loss authentically.

Who should read It's OK That You're Not OK?

  • First-time grievers
  • Anyone who’s lost a loved one to death
  • Those trying to support someone in pain

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Trauma & Healing Books: Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Stephanie M. Kriesberg

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

Stephanie M. Kriesberg
Quiet the Critical Voice in Your Head, Heal Self-Doubt, and Live the Life You Deserve
4.6 (92 ratings)
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What's Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers about?

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (2022) explores the ramifications of having a narcissistic parent, and what you as an adult can do to release yourself from your mother’s toxic hold. Its toolkit will help you manage the difficult feelings that come with being raised by a narcissist – like self-doubt, shame, and anxiety – so that you can start living on your own terms. 

Who should read Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers?

  • Adults with controlling, manipulative, or domineering mothers
  • Those who have struggled with anxiety and insecurity since they were young
  • Anyone who has felt fundamentally flawed since they were a child

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Trauma & Healing Books: Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

Matthew Perry
A Memoir
4.5 (509 ratings)
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What's Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing about?

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022) is the intimate memoir of critically acclaimed actor Matthew Perry. From his troubled childhood to his meteoric rise to fame in the hit sitcom Friends to his lifelong struggle with substance abuse and addiction, Perry holds nothing back as he reveals his life, thoughts, and soul.

Who should read Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing?

  • Friends fans looking for a deeper insight into one of the show's strongest comedic voices
  • People curious about the darker side of celebrity lives
  • Anyone struggling with addiction

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Trauma & Healing Books: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential

Anthony Bourdain
Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
4.3 (138 ratings)
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What's Kitchen Confidential about?

Kitchen Confidential (2000) gives us an insight into life in the restaurant business. Full of larger-than-life tales about Anthony Bourdain’s life of sex and drugs and haute cuisine, it gives us a no-holds-barred taste of what goes on behind the kitchen door.

Who should read Kitchen Confidential?

  • Fans of Anthony Bourdain
  • Wannabe pro chefs
  • Home cooks looking for hints and tips from a professional

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Trauma & Healing Books: Forgive by Timothy Keller

Forgive

Timothy Keller
Why Should I and How Can I?
3.3 (255 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Forgive about?

Forgive (2022) proposes personal and community healing through genuine, wholesome, and compassionate forgiveness. The arguments in this guide will help you understand why Christian forgiveness could be secular society’s best remedy for relieving the offended, reforming the offenders, and promoting fellowship among humans.

Who should read Forgive?

  • Anyone trying to understand the importance of forgiveness
  • Victims of abuse seeking to let go of anger and hate
  • Christians trying to understand God’s forgiveness

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

The Myth of Normal

Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté
Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture
4.6 (1,069 ratings)
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What's The Myth of Normal about?

The Myth of Normal (2022) unpacks why chronic disease and mental illness are on the rise. Western medicine focuses on individual pathologies, but what if the key actually lies in our culture? Things we consider normal – like stress, adversity, and trauma – are often toxic and breed disease. The pathway back to health rests in identifying and addressing these underlying conditions.

Who should read The Myth of Normal?

  • Health professionals who want the bigger picture
  • Lovers of a good social critique
  • Anyone working through health challenges

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Trauma & Healing Books: Sacred Woman by Queen Afua

Sacred Woman

Queen Afua
A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit
4.3 (32 ratings)
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What's Sacred Woman about?

Sacred Women (2000) is a foundational guide to holistic healing for women. Through healing circles, lifestyle changes, and the wisdom of the Divine Creatress, you can chart your own path to a life of joy and purpose.

Who should read Sacred Woman?

  • Spiritual seekers who want to connect to their inner wisdom
  • Women looking for alternative approaches to reproductive health
  • Anyone who’s feeling restless and unfulfilled at work 

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Trauma & Healing Books: Good Inside by Becky Kennedy

Good Inside

Becky Kennedy
A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
4.6 (484 ratings)
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What's Good Inside about?

Good Inside (2022) offers hope to parents who feel helpless when it comes to managing conflict in their homes. More than parenting, it’s about loving yourself and extending that love to your children. Dr. Becky rejects traditional reward and punishment strategies, instead encouraging parents to seek understanding with their children while still maintaining healthy boundaries.

Who should read Good Inside?

  • New parents
  • Parents who are afraid it’s too late to change how they parent
  • People healing from emotional damage

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Body Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson

The Body Code

Dr. Bradley Nelson
Unlocking Your Body's Ability to Heal Itself
3.3 (93 ratings)
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What's The Body Code about?

The Body Code (2023) is a companion book to The Emotion Code and presents the author’s comprehensive system for finding and clearing energy blockages and trapped emotions that cause discomfort and disease. Only by releasing these blockages and imbalances can the body’s natural ability to heal itself be fully realized.

Who should read The Body Code?

  • Those looking for mind-body healing techniques that anyone can learn
  • People looking for an easy way to release emotional baggage or address chronic symptoms
  • Self-help lovers looking for healing methods based on intuition and the subconscious mind

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Trauma & Healing Books: Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Lindsay C. Gibson
How to Heal from Difficult, Rejecting, or Self-involved Parents
4.6 (435 ratings)
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What's Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents about?

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents (2015) exposes the negative impacts that many adults face as the result of growing up with distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents. From demystifying the behavior of emotionally immature caregivers to providing practical tools for personal growth, it’s a step-by-step guide to healing old wounds and embracing a more positive future.

Who should read Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents?

  • Adult children of emotionally immature parents
  • Parents who want to be more emotionally mature for their children
  • Anyone interested in the dynamics of family psychology

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Trauma & Healing Books: Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner

Good Morning, Monster

Catherine Gildiner
A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Journeys to Emotional Recovery
4.2 (166 ratings)
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What's Good Morning, Monster about?

Good Morning, Monster (2020) chronicles some of the heroic patients therapist Catherine Gildiner worked with over the course of her practice. The patients experienced varied traumatic events and used different techniques in their work with Gildiner. Their stories exemplify the resiliency of the human mind and spirit.

Who should read Good Morning, Monster?

  • Anyone seeking inspiration from real-life success stories
  • Those curious about the mind’s resilience
  • People wondering how therapy can help transform lives

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Trauma & Healing Books: Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan
4.2 (142 ratings)
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What's Faith, Hope and Carnage about?

Faith, Hope and Carnage (2022) collects a series of interviews between legendary musician Nick Cave, whose primal, goth-tinged music has captivated and challenged audiences for nearly half a century, and the journalist Sean O’Hagan. The pair touch on writer’s block, romance, addiction, and the internet – but always circle back to the topic of grief, specifically how Cave has dealt with the death of his 15-year-old son Arthur in 2015.

Who should read Faith, Hope and Carnage?

  • Die-hard Cave fans, who’ve been following along since The Birthday Party years
  • New Cave fans who’ve fallen in love with Ghosteen or the Red Hand Files
  • Anyone dealing with grief in any form

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Trauma & Healing Books: Life Is Hard by Kieran Setiya

Life Is Hard

Kieran Setiya
How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way
4.0 (388 ratings)
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What's Life Is Hard about?

Life Is Hard (2022) takes a close look at common struggles – like infirmity, loneliness, grief, and failure – through the lens of philosophy, as well as fiction, sports, history, and personal anecdotes. By examining the familiar hardships of the human condition, we can learn how to live well.

Who should read Life Is Hard?

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by the hardships and injustice across the globe
  • People trying to cope with personal struggles
  • Fans of practical, accessible philosophy

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Trauma & Healing Books: Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
4.0 (349 ratings)
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What's Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter about?

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter (2021) offers life lessons from Curtis Jackson – aka rapper 50 Cent. From street wisdom to the art of the deal, Jackson shares stories and wisdom from his continued rise to the top. 

Who should read Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter?

  • Fans of 50 Cent
  • People hungry for success
  • Anyone interested in personal development

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Trauma & Healing Books: Signs by Laura Lynne Jackson

Signs

Laura Lynne Jackson
The Secret Language of the Universe
4.3 (79 ratings)
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What's Signs about?

Signs (2019) offers a new way of looking at the universe. It shows us how we can learn to appreciate the extraordinary that coexists with the ordinary. With remarkable testimonials and practical advice, it shows us how anyone can communicate with the Other Side.

Who should read Signs?

  • Anyone who’s lost a loved one
  • People curious about the afterlife
  • Skeptics who think life is simply chaotic and random

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Trauma & Healing Books: Reinventing Your Life by Jeffrey E. Young and Janet S. Klosko

Reinventing Your Life

Jeffrey E. Young and Janet S. Klosko
The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behaviour...and Feel Great Again
4.4 (343 ratings)
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What's Reinventing Your Life about?

Reinventing Your Life (1994) is a manual on how to pull yourself out of negative habits and improve your life. By identifying key stumbling blocks to growth – or “lifetraps” – and presenting ways to overcome them, it guides you toward sustainable personal growth and happiness.

Who should read Reinventing Your Life?

  • Anyone who feels stuck in the same old negative loop
  • People looking to understand themselves better
  • Psychology buffs

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Trauma & Healing Books: Self-Love Workbook for Women by Megan Logan

Self-Love Workbook for Women

Megan Logan
Release Self-Doubt, Build Self-Compassion, and Embrace Who You Are
4.7 (69 ratings)
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00:00

What's Self-Love Workbook for Women about?

Self-Love Workbook for Women (2020) maps your journey towards creating a life-altering relationship with yourself. Whether your self-love foundation is shaky or firm, this book will help you develop skills to heal and self-nourish, through using awareness and mindfulness practices.

Who should read Self-Love Workbook for Women?

  • Anyone suffering from depression or low self worth 
  • Cynics and scrooges 
  • Goal-oriented entrepreneurs, young professionals, and caretakers

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Trauma & Healing Books: How We Heal by Alexandra Elle

How We Heal

Alexandra Elle
Uncover Your Power and Set Yourself Free
4.4 (342 ratings)
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What's How We Heal about?

How We Heal (2022) provides a detailed look at the complex and life-changing process of self-healing. Techniques are separated into a 4-step framework which provides encouragement, practical strategies, and journaling exercises to help you rediscover your inner power and cultivate a sense of inner peace.

Who should read How We Heal?

  • Fans of self-help books
  • Anyone who wants to learn about self-healing
  • People interested in mental health and wellness

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Trauma & Healing Books: Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
A Novel
4.3 (24 ratings)
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What's Mad Honey about?

Mad Honey (2022) tells the story of two women who have fled abusive pasts to make a new life in the small town of Adams, New Hampshire. When one is found dead, and the other finds her son accused of the murder, the tense courtroom drama that unfolds shines light on the true cost of secrets kept for love.

Who should read Mad Honey?

  • Fiction lovers craving a well-told tale about timely issues
  • Courtroom drama fans looking for a story with suspenseful, emotional twists 
  • Anyone curious about a narrative of complex characters facing challenging times

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Trauma & Healing Books: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
4.8 (28 ratings)
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What's A Little Life about?

A Little Life (2015) follows the lives of four friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, moody painter JB, quiet architect Malcolm, and the brilliant, mysterious litigator Jude. Over the years, the four friends grow together, drift apart, find love and success, and struggle with loss and addiction. As enigmatic Jude gradually moves into the center of the narrative, the full extent of his unbearable burden begins to reveal itself. 

Who should read A Little Life?

  • People who enjoy character-driven literature
  • Fans of stories about complex relationships 
  • Anyone in need of a good cry

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Trauma & Healing Books: Drama Free by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Drama Free

Nedra Glover Tawwab
A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships
4.4 (88 ratings)
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What's Drama Free about?

Drama Free (2023) is a concise and thoughtful guide to navigating the negatives of one of the most fundamental and unavoidable aspects of our lives: family. Covering a wide range of topics including emotionally absent parents, codependent siblings, substance abuse, and many more, it offers advice on recognizing the patterns of a dysfunctional family, healing from the past, and growing into the full human being you deserve to be.

Who should read Drama Free?

  • Adult children or siblings looking to untangle their current family relationships
  • Emotionally troubled individuals who are prepared to analyze their childhood
  • Anyone who tenses up when a family member calls

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Trauma & Healing Books: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart
4.3 (15 ratings)
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What's We Were Liars about?

We Were Liars (2014) is the suspenseful story of the wealthy, carefree Sinclair family and the tragic event that exposes the cracks in their perfect facade – as told by an unreliable narrator, Cadence Sinclair.

Who should read We Were Liars?

  • Lovers of suspenseful fiction and well-crafted romance
  • Anyone keen for a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent
  • Avid readers who want the scoop on one of the best-loved young adult contemporary novels

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Gift of Therapy by Irvin D. Yalom

The Gift of Therapy

Irvin D. Yalom
An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients
4.3 (29 ratings)
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What's The Gift of Therapy about?

The Gift of Therapy (2001) is a comprehensive guide to improving the relationship between therapists and their patients. Built on safety and trust, this therapeutic bond becomes the foundation for personal healing and the pathway to repairing other relationships.

Who should read The Gift of Therapy?

  • Therapists who want to improve their craft
  • People trying to understand the role of their therapist
  • Anyone curious about life, relationships, and social psychology

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Trauma & Healing Books: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou
4.7 (70 ratings)
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What's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings about?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) is the first part of a critically acclaimed seven-volume autobiography by the American writer and poet Maya Angelou. A vivid account of growing up in America during the Depression, it documents Maya’s life between the ages of three and sixteen. Hailed for its unflinching portrayal of displacement, discrimination, and trauma, it is also a life-affirming study of how hope can prevail amidst death and despair. 

Who should read I Know why the Caged Bird Sings?

  • History buffs fascinated by the United States
  • Fans of true-life stories and larger-than-life memoirs
  • Anyone who loves classic literature

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Trauma & Healing Books: Polysecure by Jessica Fern

Polysecure

Jessica Fern
Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy
3.4 (237 ratings)
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What's Polysecure about?

Polysecure (2020) unites attachment theory, which explains the different types of attachment people form with each other, with consensual nonmonogamy – the increasingly popular practice of having multiple romantic partners. By learning more about your attachment style, you can develop healthy relationship habits, even in nonmonogamy.

Who should read Polysecure?

  • Relationship geeks looking to learn about attachment theory
  • Couples considering opening up their relationships
  • Nonmonogamous folks who want to do it right

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Origins of You by Vienna Pharaon

The Origins of You

Vienna Pharaon
How Breaking Family Patterns Can Liberate the Way We Live and Love
4.3 (58 ratings)
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What's The Origins of You about?

Origins of You (2023) invites you on a transformative journey of self-discovery, guiding you through the process of uncovering your origin stories and healing emotional wounds. With powerful insights and practical tools, this invaluable resource empowers you to embrace your past, nurture your well-being, and cultivate authentic, meaningful connections.

Who should read The Origins of You?

  • People seeking self-awareness and personal growth
  • Couples aiming to enhance emotional connection
  • Therapists and coaches pursuing new insights

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Urgent Life by Bozoma Saint John

The Urgent Life

Bozoma Saint John
My Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
4.0 (20 ratings)
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What's The Urgent Life about?

The Urgent Life (2023) is part-memoir, part-manifesto to the importance of showing up in your life, and being fiercely present – no matter the circumstances. Bozoma Saint John has experienced both highs and lows in the course of her life. Through it all, she has learned to stay true to herself and her dreams, and to live as if nothing is guaranteed. In The Urgent Life, she describes the events that have most impacted her, and shares how you, too, can live life with passionate urgency.  

Who should read The Urgent Life?

  • People who are hungry to live more boldly, 
  • Young professionals looking for inspiration on how to navigate the corporate ladder authentically. 
  • Anyone who has experienced loss, and is figuring out how to carry on.

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Trauma & Healing Books: Retrain Your Brain by Seth J. Gillihan

Retrain Your Brain

Seth J. Gillihan
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks
4.3 (637 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Retrain Your Brain about?

Retrain Your Brain (2016) is all about learning practical strategies to break free from negative thought patterns and cultivate a more positive, fulfilling life. Whether you're struggling with anxiety or depression, or just want to improve your overall mental well-being, this guide is a valuable resource for retraining your brain and becoming your best self.

Who should read Retrain Your Brain?

  • Anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, or low mood
  • Life hackers looking for tools to enhance emotional well-being
  • Curious minds interested in the science behind cognitive behavioral therapy

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Trauma & Healing Books: A Radical Awakening by Shefali Tsabary

A Radical Awakening

Shefali Tsabary
Turn Pain into Power, Embrace Your Truth, Live Free
4.2 (58 ratings)
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What's A Radical Awakening about?

A Radical Awakening (2021) shows you how to heal by connecting to your authentic self – the person you were meant to be before society’s lies and conditioning morphed you into something else. It speaks from a woman’s point of view, but it doesn’t exclude men. Instead, it seeks to lift everyone from the pain of their past and into a higher consciousness.

Who should read A Radical Awakening?

  • Anyone who wants to heal from their past 
  • Women who’d like to discover their inner power
  • People who feel subjugated by society

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Parenting Map by Dr. Shefali

The Parenting Map

Dr. Shefali
Step-By-Step Solutions to Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-Child Relationship
4.6 (141 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Parenting Map about?

The Parenting Map (2023) by Dr. Shefali Tsabary offers a step-by-step guide to parenting healthy, happy, resilient, and grounded children by adopting a mindful parenting approach. In it, parents are encouraged to unlearn toxic parenting habits and replace them with moments of meaningful connection.

Who should read The Parenting Map?

  • Expectant families looking for clear, compassionate parenting advice
  • Seasoned parents who’d like to feel more present for their children
  • Grandparents, caregivers, guardians, and anyone with special young people in their lives

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Trauma & Healing Books: A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

A Rose for Emily

William Faulkner
4.5 (30 ratings)
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What's A Rose for Emily about?

A Rose for Emily (1930) was first published in Forum magazine. Told in a nonlinear style, it starts with the funeral of Emily, a fixture in the fictional Jefferson County. It then goes back in time to trace moments of her life, and the decline in her health and status. 

Who should read A Rose for Emily?

  • Faulkner fans
  • Lovers of Southern Gothic literature
  • Anyone curious to learn more about a complex classic

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Trauma & Healing Books: You Are the One You've Been Waiting For by Richard C. Schwartz

You Are the One You've Been Waiting For

Richard C. Schwartz
Applying Internal Family Systems to Intimate Relationships
4.7 (62 ratings)
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What's You Are the One You've Been Waiting For about?

You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For (2008) lays out the secret for finding happiness and intimacy in modern romantic relationships. Using the established Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, it shows that true contentment and compassion come from understanding and trusting the Self – your compassionate center of peace and clarity. By adjusting your perspective and completing some practical exercises, your relationship can start to flourish like it never has before.

Who should read You Are the One You've Been Waiting For?

  • Couples who feel unable to connect despite their best efforts
  • Therapists, psychoanalysts and armchair psychologists looking for a unique perspective on relationships 
  • Those who feel unresolved inner turmoil holds them back from maintaining loving relationships

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Trauma & Healing Books: Real Life by Sharon Salzberg

Real Life

Sharon Salzberg
The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom
4.4 (44 ratings)
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What's Real Life about?

Real Life (2023) is a guide to navigating life’s seasons with clarity and connection. While we all feel small and disconnected at times, we don’t have to remain stuck there. Drawing on a variety of voices, Real Life shares the possibility of a more expansive and aligned experience – even in the face of some of life’s most formidable challenges.

Who should read Real Life?

  • Anyone struggling with loneliness, grief, or trauma 
  • Individuals wanting to embrace greater freedom and joy
  • Longtime meditators seeking to deepen their practice

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Trauma & Healing Books: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Gabor Maté
Close Encounters with Addiction
4.5 (103 ratings)
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What's In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts about?

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (2008) is a heartful exploration of the complex condition known as addiction. It tells the real-life stories of addicts, who are so often denied the space to do so, alongside science-based analyses of why and how people get addicted. Importantly, it also challenges us to think of the ways, obvious or not, in which we too are addicts – and what we can do to heal ourselves.

Who should read In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts?

  • People with addiction, who know someone with addiction, or who work with addiction
  • Pop-science “junkies”
  • Social justice advocates and anyone opposed to the War on Drugs

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Trauma & Healing Books: Look for Me There by Luke Russert

Look for Me There

Luke Russert
Grieving My Father, Finding Myself
3.5 (246 ratings)
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What's Look for Me There about?

Look for Me There (2023) chronicles the struggles of a man dealing with the loss of his father. By accompanying him on a journey across the world and his heart, we learn how he copes with grief, and what other lessons he learns along the way. 

Who should read Look for Me There?

  • Anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one
  • Travel fans who love to learn about interesting places
  • Anyone interested in the human condition and its struggles

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Trauma & Healing Books: When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal by Brianna Wiest

When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal

Brianna Wiest
4.6 (466 ratings)
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What's When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal about?

When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal (2022) invites you on a profound journey of personal transformation. Explore poignant reflections and empowering insights that inspire you to embrace aspirations, navigate change, overcome limitations, and reclaim your true essence.

Who should read When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal?

  • Seekers of self-discovery and personal growth
  • Individuals navigating life transitions and seeking guidance
  • Anyone looking for empowering insights and transformative wisdom

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Trauma & Healing Books: Waking the Tiger by Peter A. Levine with Ann Frederick

Waking the Tiger

Peter A. Levine with Ann Frederick
Healing Trauma
4.1 (413 ratings)
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What's Waking the Tiger about?

Waking the Tiger (1997) offers an enlightening perspective on trauma by exploring the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms. Using this knowledge, it then provides a pathway to healing through exercises that focus on bodily sensations.

Who should read Waking the Tiger?

  • Trauma survivors looking to understand and heal their symptoms
  • Readers fascinated by animal behavior and human nature
  • Anyone drawn to explore how awareness, instinct, and resilience can transform suffering

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Trauma & Healing Books: You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse by Melanie Tonia Evans

You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse

Melanie Tonia Evans
The #1 System for Recovering from Toxic Relationships
4.7 (105 ratings)
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What's You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse about?

You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse (2018) addresses the epidemic in narcissism and narcissistic abuse in contemporary society, including the devastating impacts on victims.  It offers a step-by-step process for releasing past traumas and confronting negative beliefs to heal from past abuse and thrive in healthy relationships. 

Who should read You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse?

  • Anyone feeling trapped in unfulfilled relationships with narcissistic people
  • Sufferers of past abuse wondering why they end up in similar relationships repeatedly
  • Those seeking to break free from limiting beliefs and negative self-talk that make them susceptible to manipulative people

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry & Maia Szalavitz

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

Bruce D. Perry & Maia Szalavitz
And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook – What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing
4.4 (24 ratings)
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What's The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog about?

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (2006) presents a series of case studies to explore the profound impacts of childhood trauma – and the resilience and adaptability of the human brain. Through the diverse experiences of young people who have faced unimaginable abuse and neglect, it illustrates how innovative therapeutic approaches can facilitate healing and recovery.

Who should read The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

  • Mental health professionals interested in how trauma impacts child development – and effective therapeutic interventions
  • Social workers wishing to better understand child trauma and its repercussions to support at-risk children and families
  • Parents or caregivers who want to know the minds of their children (and people in general)

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Trauma & Healing Books: Healing Collective Trauma by Thomas Hübl

Healing Collective Trauma

Thomas Hübl
A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds
4.3 (111 ratings)
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What's Healing Collective Trauma about?

Healing Collective Trauma (2020) examines how trauma can be shared between individuals and across generations. Drawing on contemporary trauma research and ancient traditions of mysticism, it proposes a framework for recognizing and healing these collective traumas.

Who should read Healing Collective Trauma?

  • Therapists and healers working with traumatized groups
  • Community activists negotiating the effects of collective trauma in their work
  • Anyone who has lived through or is trying to support someone through trauma

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Trauma & Healing Books: Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro

Getting Past Your Past

Francine Shapiro
Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy
4.4 (264 ratings)
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What's Getting Past Your Past about?

Getting Past Your Past (2012) offers practical eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) techniques that can help you understand how personalities develop and overcome barriers. It explains why you can become trapped in unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and provides exercises to help you take charge of your life, improve your relationships, and effect real change.

Who should read Getting Past Your Past?

  • Patients with unresolved chronic pain or unexplained medical symptoms
  • Self-improvement and personal growth seekers
  • Therapists and counselors looking for new techniques to help their clients

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Trauma & Healing Books: Own Your Past Change Your Future by John Delony

Own Your Past Change Your Future

John Delony
A Not-So-Complicated Approach to Relationships, Mental Health & Wellness
4.6 (302 ratings)
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What's Own Your Past Change Your Future about?

Own Your Past Change Your Future (2022) provides a simple five-step plan to overcoming past trauma, changing your thoughts and actions, and healing. It will help you grieve your past hurts, make real friends, and set you on a path to wellness.

Who should read Own Your Past Change Your Future?

  • Self-help seekers looking to improve their lives, heal from past hurts, and grow
  • Mental health professionals interested in a new framework to help their clients
  • Personal development enthusiasts who want to deepen their connections and find meaning

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide by James Fadiman

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

James Fadiman
Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
4.5 (30 ratings)
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What's The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide about?

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide (2011) is the definitive manual for psychedelic voyagers and those who guide them. Combining original research, personal reports, and shamanistic tradition, it teaches how to create safe and successful psychedelic experiences that facilitate healing, self-discovery, and creativity. 

Who should read The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide?

  • Psychedelic voyagers or those curious about psychedelic experiences
  • Therapists and psychology professionals interested in psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • Anyone seeking healing from trauma, addiction, anxiety, or depression

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Trauma & Healing Books: Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody with Andrea Wells Miller & J. Keith Miller

Facing Codependence

Pia Mellody with Andrea Wells Miller & J. Keith Miller
What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives
4.4 (178 ratings)
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What's Facing Codependence about?

Facing Codependence (1989) offers insights and guidance for those seeking to navigate and recover from codependent behaviors. It dives into the complex condition of codependence, identifying five main symptoms, their origins, and their corresponding effects on the individual’s life.

Who should read Facing Codependence?

  • Individuals navigating relationship challenges
  • Self-awareness and personal growth seekers
  • Anyone interested in understanding codependency

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Trauma & Healing Books: Psychedelics and Psychotherapy by Tim Read & Maria Papaspyrou

Psychedelics and Psychotherapy

Tim Read & Maria Papaspyrou
The Healing Potential of Expanded States
4.0 (18 ratings)
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What's Psychedelics and Psychotherapy about?

Psychedelics and Psychotherapy (2021) is a thoughtful exploration of how substances and techniques like ayahuasca, MDMA, and holotropic breathwork can unlock our innate capacity for wholeness. Combining wisdom from Indigenous cultures with insights from Western psychology and science, it reveals how psychedelic experiences allow people to access and process repressed emotions and memories, which can help them heal from various mental health challenges. Simultaneously, it stresses the importance of context and intention behind psychedelic use, recommending guided sessions with trained facilitators who can lead people through psychedelic experiences safely and responsibly.

Who should read Psychedelics and Psychotherapy?

  • Mental health professionals interested in alternative therapeutic approaches
  • Individuals experiencing mental health issues
  • Psychonauts interested in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics

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Trauma & Healing Books: Built from Broken by Scott H. Hogan

Built from Broken

Scott H. Hogan
A Science-Based Guide to Healing Painful Joints, Preventing Injuries, and Rebuilding Your Body
4.1 (54 ratings)
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What's Built from Broken about?

Built from Broken (2021) is your guide to injury prevention and natural pain relief. Whether you’re a couch potato, fitness enthusiast, or full-on athlete – this new approach to understanding joint health will lead you out of the pain/injury cycle toward a stronger, more functional body.

Who should read Built from Broken?

  • Fitness enthusiasts looking to overcome joint pain and injuries
  • Athletes seeking to prevent common sports injuries and improve their recovery
  • Anyone who feels their body breaking down and wants to rebuild strength

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Trauma & Healing Books: In an Unspoken Voice by Peter A. Levine

In an Unspoken Voice

Peter A. Levine
How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
4.4 (225 ratings)
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What's In an Unspoken Voice about?

In an Unspoken Voice (2010) examines how you can release trauma’s grip and restore well-being and vitality to your body, through gentle awareness of sensation and movement. The Somatic Experiencing approach provides proven techniques to process unresolved experiences and return to flow.

Who should read In an Unspoken Voice?

  • Anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, or unexplained somatic issues that may have roots in past trauma
  • Those fascinated by the mind-body connection and the wisdom inherent in our organic processes
  • Individuals looking to enhance their resilience and capacity for self-regulation in stressful times

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Trauma & Healing Books: The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook

Edmund J. Bourne
3.9 (45 ratings)
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What's The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook about?

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (1990) is a comprehensive guide that offers practical strategies to manage and overcome anxiety. Covering a range of topics, from self-esteem and nutrition to meditation and other coping strategies, it provides a holistic approach to mental well-being, offering many actionable steps for a more fulfilling life.

Who should read The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook?

  • Fans of self-help tips
  • Anyone who experiences anxiety or panic attacks
  • Stress-free life seekers

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Trauma & Healing Books: Staring at the Sun by Irvin D. Yalom

Staring at the Sun

Irvin D. Yalom
Overcoming the Terror of Death
4.1 (27 ratings)
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What's Staring at the Sun about?

Staring at the Sun (2008) explores the universal human fear of death and strategies for alleviating death anxiety. It blends psychotherapy case studies with philosophical ideas to argue confronting mortality is key to living a meaningful, present-focused life. Through vivid patient stories, it illuminates how facing death enables you to prioritize what really matters.

Who should read Staring at the Sun?

  • People anxious about death
  • Therapists hoping to understand more about death anxiety 
  • Anyone who’s coming to terms with the fact that they’re going to die one day

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Trauma & Healing Books: Break the Cycle by Dr. Mariel Buqué

Break the Cycle

Dr. Mariel Buqué
A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma
3.0 (206 ratings)
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What's Break the Cycle about?

Break the Cycle (2021) delves into the deep-seated generational trauma and challenges implicating many families. It emphasizes breaking free from cycles of pain and encourages readers to embrace change, healing, and emotional growth for a promising future.

Who should read Break the Cycle?

  • Individuals facing generational trauma
  • Seekers of emotional healing
  • Advocates of change and personal growth

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Trauma & Healing Books: It's Not You by Ramani Durvasula

It's Not You

Ramani Durvasula
Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People
4.5 (193 ratings)
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What's It's Not You about?

It’s Not You (2024) delves into the complexities of narcissistic personality traits and their devastating effects on personal and professional relationships. With a compassionate and pragmatic approach, it offers strategies and insights to help navigate these challenging dynamics.

Who should read It's Not You?

  • Those who have experienced, or are currently in, relationships with narcissistic partners, family members, friends, or colleagues
  • Human resource professionals and managers who want to understand narcissistic behavior in the workplace better
  • Anyone who is navigating complex relationships with narcissistic personalities they can’t walk away from

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