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Self-Help Book Suggestions

I'm looking for a good self-help book that deals with one or more of the following: [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Apr 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Self-help books for couples re: Emotional Connection/Intimacy?

Looking for books that specifically focus on forging emotional connections, or on helping one or both members of the marriage open up emotionally and communicate about feelings. Books that couples can read together/have proactive exercises we can do together would be preferable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2014 - 10 answers

How to cope physically and psychologically with a silverfish infestation

I have a severe insect phobia, and now the task of eradicating a silverfish infestation in my apartment is causing this phobia to take over my life. How can I regain a feeling of safety about sleeping in my own bed at night when I am now facing a seemingly endless stream of silverfish entering my room each day? Many more details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by datarose on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Where can I gain access to Wayne Dyer's PBS specials?

I live in the UK and I am a fan of Wayne Dyer's work. I've read that he's done 10 PBS specials over the past 15 years. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Feb 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me figure out my life... goals? wants? needs?

This has been a year of change (breakup, move, deaths, grad school). I'm home at my parents' for the holidays and want to take some time to reflect on what I want for the next year and the rest of my life. I feel like I'm entering a new phase of life, and want to do it with self-knowledge and a vision of what I want it to be. This includes career, love, friendships, travel, everything. I'm hoping you can recommend exercises, readings, and approaches to figuring out what I truly want and (to a lesser extent) how to get there. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Dec 21, 2013 - 18 answers

Tips for making my Chinese studies more enjoyable?

I enjoy studying Chinese but I seem to be going through a slump at the moment. Any advice on how to increase enjoyment in my studying? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Nov 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Your thoughts on the Power Quadrant?

Hi, I'd appreciate advice on whether or not I should buy the "Power Quadrant System" to help me through a brief period of unemployment. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Oct 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Book mentioned on the radio

Recently, maybe in the last couple of weeks, I heard mention of a book -- most likely I was listening to NPR (via the Boston affiliate station WBUR). It mentioned a man who is a therapist of some sort who has put together a slim volume of anecdotes from his many years of listening to patients tell their stories, and from this has come up with some sort of philosophy or wisdom of life. I don't know whether there was going to be a radio story about this guy/book or whether this was the intro to another story entirely, but I somehow have the impression it was a newish book being mentioned. And that's all I got. Ring any bells? (Something about the description of the book appealed to me, and I can't even quite remember what that was either!)
posted by wisekaren on Jul 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Dealing with performance anxiety, procrastination and discipline

I've been putting off important tasks due to anxiety and a big fear of failure. What books would you recommend that teaches concepts or techniques that would help? [more inside]
posted by crowbar_of_irony on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Is there a connection between "The Floor" and "I Can Make You Rich"?

Hello, I'd be interested to hear people's opinions on whether or not the Hot Chip song "The Floor" was inspired by part of Paul McKenna's book "I Can Make You Rich", in which PM says he once advised an investment banker to "focus on the benefits." [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jun 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Kindle self-help book recommendations

Looking for recommendations of effective books/workbooks/web resources on emotional intelligence, abandonment issues, anger, fear, jealousy, trust issues and self-compassion. Bonus points for including all of the above and being available on Kindle. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x on Dec 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Name that old-school time management book

Looking for an old-school time management book that compares each day to a coin. [more inside]
posted by delight on Nov 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me construct a syllabus for "Talking to People 101"?

If I want to study conversation -- how people talk, what they look like when they're talking, why people talk in certain situations, how to get better at talking -- what are the classics? What has helped you? [more inside]
posted by insteadofapricots on Nov 7, 2012 - 10 answers

The Games People Play

What "games" do you play to boost your mood or help you see things in a different light? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Sep 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Self-help without the corporate/consumerist propaganda

Self-help without all the cheesy capitalist, CEO-worship and consumerism... does it exist? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Sep 11, 2012 - 9 answers

What Would John Wooden Do?

Old-school self-help and/or philosophy in the style of John Wooden? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Aug 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Are there any corporate CEOs who have embarked on a side-business of writing self-help books or giving tours?

Corporate CEOs turned Self-Help gurus? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Is forgiveness only for the unforgivable?

How to forgive yourself and others healthily [more inside]
posted by grokfest on May 7, 2012 - 21 answers

I'm addicted to twelve-step programs!

I can't seem to stick to a goal or self-improvement regime for more than a few days before switching to a newer, shinier, better one. Help. [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Apr 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for motivational podcasts, hold the extra cheese

I really need some pep talks right now. I've been on the hunt for inspiring, upbeat podcasts, but so many of them are phony or cheesy. What podcasts are real, helpful, and motivating? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Feb 17, 2012 - 19 answers

I can't convince my anxiety-afflicted mom to get therapy, but she'll read a book. What book should it be?

I've been trying to convince my anxiety-afflicted Mom to get therapy for ages. She finally said that if I were to buy her a book, she would promise to read it, and perhaps that would lead to finally giving therapy a shot. She's pushing 70 and has to deal with a new addition to the family who is aggressive and toxic, so I think its urgent for her to get a better handle on her mental state. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jan 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for bookrecommendations

Books in the vein of "Intimate Connections"? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Jan 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Books, forums, ??, for adult children of abusive parents who have (undiagnosed) cognitive and emotional issues?

What are some informative self-help books and other resources (preferably online or UK-based) for adults dealing with abusive parents who have undiagnosed cognitive deficits and are emotionally stunted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Please help me talk to my relative about his marijuana problem...

How can I talk to my relative about his marijuana problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 - 30 answers

How do I become more responsible?

I am a talented, social, religious, active, healthy, and disciplined adult. However, one of my great strengths is that I am quite adaptable - I "roll with the punches" very well, you could say. The problem with this is that I sometimes take a more irresponsible path (procrastination, running late, omitting important tasks) because I've learned through experience that the energy expended in adapting to consequences is often less than the energy expended in being completely responsible from the beginning. I want to become more responsible, because I feel like my irresponsibility is keeping me from reaching an even higher level of productivity and happiness. How can I reach level 70 arch-mage zen responsibility?
posted by rinogo on Oct 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me HiveMind...

How can I change myself? [more inside]
posted by dave78981 on Sep 25, 2011 - 13 answers

how to PRACTICALLY add the missing component in my busy life

how to PRACTICALLY add the missing component in my busy life. I have good career and family. But I want to answer my calling. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I want to get started by either take classes or do volunteer work. What is more efficient, more practical and beneficial to me? Sincerely seeking advice here. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 5, 2011 - 14 answers

I need love.

How do I adjust to not needing affection and validation all the time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 23, 2011 - 48 answers

Empirical and theoretical psychotherapy?

Contemporary psychotherapists who have popularized their empirically-tested theoretical contributions? Examples: David Burns, Eugene Gendlin, Joseph Weiss. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 answers

30 Days to a Better Me!

What five things do you recommend a person do to make themselves healthier, slimmer and overall a better person in 30 days? [more inside]
posted by adverb on May 12, 2011 - 37 answers

Recommendations: The "I Will Survive" Edition

I'm looking for book and/or movie recommendations that portray survival during the (emotional) worst case scenario that in reality, isn't all that bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I get over the shame of my bigoted teenage past?

How do I get over guilt and shame of sharing very prejudiced things online as a teenager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 - 38 answers

Find my kaizen.

What are some books or other resources that will help me make small, daily, incremental changes? Looking to overcome shyness, build self-confidence, self-discipline, and a few other skills. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Dad book gift filter: Great topics in easy to digest booka

Dad gift filter: Hive mind, what are your favorite books I can get as a gift for my father that are easy-to-digest-in-snippets kind of book? Topics such as self-help, wisdom, psychology, philosophy, biography, and creativity are all great. [more inside]
posted by parma on Nov 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Bettering myself one step at a time

What are your favorite self-improvement resources? I'm looking for a variety of resources (blogs, podcasts, books, etc) in a variety of fields (fashion, finance, social interactions, etc). [more inside]
posted by Darke on Oct 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Know thyself. But how?

How do you come to know who you are? [more inside]
posted by mediocritease on Sep 11, 2010 - 53 answers


So: enneagrams. If you've spent any time studying them, how did you put the knowledge to use? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Aug 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Is it possible to realize something is wrong without knowing it?

Given that you've suffered some form of abuse growing up, is it possible to have a successful relationship given you have no self-awareness of the fact that this is not normal? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Apr 26, 2010 - 19 answers

A snappy, appealing way of remembering to do the right thing.

I need a snappy, appealing acronym/mnemonic/alternative way of remembering the following 6 steps that I have found helpful in avoiding certain behaviours and replacing them with other preferred behaviors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 12 answers

A term similar to "psyching yourself up"

PsychFilter: What's the term for when athletes tell themselves, "come on you got this!" and it helps them play better? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Dec 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Is it normal to feel worse as you get better?

Lately, all of the things I've been doing to try to take better care of myself seem to make me feel worse. Does anyone have advice on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 - 22 answers

Talk, talk

Seeking good talk therapist in the greater Norfolk, Virginia Beach area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2008 - 0 answers

I'm stuck in beta

I have spent years reading self-help books, productivity blogs, self-help productivity blogs. I’ve found some treasured information and they have probably helped me in more ways than I’m conscious of, but… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2008 - 10 answers

How can a "lazy" person develop successful work habits?

How can a self-described "lazy" person develop really effective and successful long-term work habits? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Jun 3, 2008 - 22 answers

Teen relationship help

Why are there no good books on relationships for teenagers? [I could use one.] [more inside]
posted by LSK on May 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Self-Help Strategies

I’ve just finished reading The Now Habit, an incredibly useful and inspiring book on overcoming procrastination. What’s the best approach to implementing and then retaining the strategies presented in this, or any other, book? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Apr 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Self-help books?

What are some "life enhancing" books/programs I should check out to help live a more successful and rewarding life? [more inside]
posted by deeman on Feb 19, 2008 - 14 answers

Soul Mining: How do I learn how to feel my emotions?

How does one dig up and release deep-seated rage, or any other deeply repressed (old baggage-type) emotions? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 24, 2007 - 21 answers

Coping emotionally until I get professional help

I know I need therapy, and I intend to get it as soon as my health insurance comes through in a few weeks. I'm under a lot of strain from a pending divorce and various related financial issues. I'm not just depressed, but I have the attention span of a gnat and I get caught in horrible, tormenting chains of obsessive thoughts. This is really crippling my ability to work and bill my customers, leading to more financial stress, leading to more emotional stress, etc. What solid things can I do in the short term to focus, work and get things done without pacing, obsessing and crying a lot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2007 - 24 answers

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