Good self-help audiobooks
August 19, 2008 6:36 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for good self-help audiobooks/books on cd for building self-esteem and fighting depression. I'm not religious, just looking for something inspiring (scientific validity also a plus).
posted by veterinarian to Education (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I dont know if your familiar with this site or not


but its a bit torrent site, but I have friends that find the coolest stuff like what your asking for from there.

Issue is you have to sign up and the site is so popular the sign-ups are often closed.

Browse through their stuff though, guarantee there is something there your looking for...

Good luck
posted by TeachTheDead at 6:56 PM on August 19, 2008

Feeling Good is considered by many therapists to be the gold standard in scientifically based self-help for depression and anxiety.
posted by Thin Lizzy at 8:08 PM on August 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

David Burns' Feeling Good is a great book for building esteem and fighting depression. The audio version -- audio tapes only -- is out of print, but you may be able to find it on eBay or at a local library. Worth the effort, if it's as good as the print version. Very scientific, very good.

Also, 50 Success Classics was very helpful for me when I was suffering from depression. YMMV. Not so scientific, but inspirational. And readily available in audio!
posted by jdroth at 8:09 PM on August 19, 2008

Further recommendations in a previous AskMeFi.
posted by exphysicist345 at 9:03 PM on August 19, 2008

I would recommend two books for this, both by the same author - Dr. Nathaniel Branden.

The Six Pillars of Self Esteem and The Art of Living Consciously (no audio book.) The Art of Living Consciously is more of a world view that most people with low self esteem would benefit from, but dove-tails nicely with the other book.
posted by bigmusic at 10:12 PM on August 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

Here's a good link to some professional online resources for depression.
posted by heron at 10:26 PM on August 19, 2008

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert - I have listened to my audio book several times, because the insights help me with my own depression issues.
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