Psychotherapy is the best way to understand yourself, let go of childhood injuries and restore peace of mind. But sometimes the search for a good specialist is delayed for months, and in working chaos it can be difficult to allocate time for therapy. Of course, books will not replace a full-fledged treatment, but at least for a while they will help to keep yourself in control. While you are looking for a suitable therapist and slowly lose your desire to live, we recommend reading books that will replace a couple of trips to the doctor.
“Radical forgiveness,” Colin Tipping
This book is not about forgiveness in the usual sense for us. The author talks about how to let go of the past, stop being a victim and take responsibility for your life. From the first pages it becomes clear that most often we unfairly blame the state, parents and even our ex (no matter what they do), considering the situation on one side only.
The philosophy of Radical forgiveness is not to blame others for your misfortunes, to step over childhood (and not only) injuries and to see benefit in any situation (the author gives an example of genocide and war so that your life problems no longer seem like a tragedy). In general, a must-read for those whose life went wrong.
“An Age of Anxiety," Scott Stossel
Millennials are not without reason called the “wounded” generation (injured generation). We suffer from anxiety, often succumb to depression and mental disorders. It is not surprising: we live in a world where social networks are replacing live communication, terrorism is becoming the norm, and environmental problems are destroying our planet every day. Based on personal experience, the author writes about how to maintain a cold mind and peace of mind in our wounded world. Spoiler: antidepressants are not an option.
“Under the Glass Cap”, Sylvia Plath
From the age of 18, Sylvia suffered from a depressive disorder, several times tried to commit suicide and fell into rehabilitation. The book is based on her memories of her youth and how it all began.
We do not recommend reading the book to those who are now depressed, but it will be close to anyone who has ever come across it. In any case, Sylvia stuck her head in the gas oven and still died, and you still got off easy.
“Transerfing reality”, Vadim Zeland
All who complain about life are dedicated. The book borders on esotericism, philosophy and practical psychology, without leaving indifferent even the most convinced skeptics. The main message of the three volumes is “thoughts are material.” One who suffers forever, attracts suffering, one who thinks of success attracts success.
Vadim Zeland gives practical tips on how to set up your thinking (along with the theory of “coordinate grid”, “dimensions of space” and other unexpected things) in order to realize your dreams, achieve success and live the way you always wanted. The main thing is not to be limited to esotericism and remember that for all this you also need to work hard.
“The Man Who Took His Wife For A Hat,” Oliver Sachs
Want to try yourself as a therapist? Neuropsychologist Oliver Sachs shares stories from his practice, explaining why people sometimes do very strange things. It's not just about mental disorders: usually the brain is to blame. A must-read for anyone who likes to delve into a psychotherapist (or wants to understand the strange deeds of the people around you).
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