Continuing on the yearly recap that I started last week, here are my top five most helpful books:
#5: The Body Keeps Score (B. Van Der Kolk)
Compared to the other horribly boring book that I read on trauma (I’m looking at you Trauma and Recovery), this book is fabulous. In a super easy to read format, this book gives the readers a window into the author’s professional journey of discovering different type of trauma therapy and techniques. The Body Keeps Score would be helpful for anyone with an interest in or experiences of trauma.
#4: Uncovering Happiness (E. Goldstein)
Another easy to read book…because it should be overwhelmingly apparent by now that I love a good book written in simple language. This book offers readers information and possible strategies for people dealing with depression. It is a motivating book that encourages self-kindness and has a realistic message overall.
#3: Rewire Your Anxious Brain (C.M. Pittman & E.M. Karle)
Ok, I’m going to admit it…choosing the order of my top three was actually really hard. They all should probably be tied for number 1, but alas. This is definitely one of my favourite books on anxiety. It takes very complex processes and shares them with readers in a simplified manner. This book includes lots of great information, exercises, and strategies that will help readers to start the process of rewiring their brains.
#2: Quiet (S. Cain)
It seems like most people have heard of this book… and for good reason – it’s great! Quiet discusses the differences between introverts and extroverts, while normalizing the traits and feelings associated with being introverted. There are not many good books written on this topic (in my opinion), so this one totally stands out as a helpful book to help introverts to better understand themselves and extroverts to understand their quieter counterparts.
#1: Furiously Happy (J. Lawson)
I had to do it…this book just had to be first. No, it’s not a typical self-help pr psychology book…in fact you won’t even find it in those sections at the bookstore. This is more of a biographical and humour type of book…and neither of those categories diminish the helpfulness of this book. Furiously Happy is a collection of essays that describe the author’s life and her ongoing dealings with mental illness. The most important part of this book is that it smashes stigmas (simply by being open and honest) and it has the potential to normalize certain experiences for readers. I have no doubt that many readers will recognize themselves in the pages of this book…and if they don’t see themselves, they will at least gain some understanding about people who deal with mental illness. The fact that this book challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness made this book an obvious choice for number 1 for me. At some point, I seem to talk to all of my clients about their encounters with stigma and their fears, upset, and anger about it. This book reminds you that you’re not alone.
So there you have it – my completely biased list of the Top 10 Most Helpful Books of 2015!