Providing a personal account of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, this book by Viktor Frankl is yet full of love, hope, freedom and beauty. His ability to observe and reflect in the most dire of circumstances eventually became foundational to his theory of logotherapy. Frankl’s methodology, explored in the book, explores how it is finding meaning and purpose, rather than our circumstances, which can inform a life of personal happiness and wellbeing.
Grounded in observations as to how animals deal with trauma, this book offers an alternative or complimentary approach to talking therapy to deal with unresolved stress. The book shows how animals process their trauma in a physical manner, finding ways to deal with ‘stuck energy’. Using this it explores how humans too can use somatic experiencing techniques to replicate this form of trauma processing.
One of the fifteen tools for living Hart introduces in his mental bootcamp book is that of cowboying up. To cowboy up is to take responsibility for the mistakes we’ve made and determine to move forward. It’s an idea, along with positivity, humility, hunger for growth and being relational sits at the core of this pep talk by Hart.
If you find your own internal dialogue prevents you from doing the things you want then try reading Bishop’s Unfu*k Yourself. Exploring the idea that it is often ourselves that get in the way of us making progress, Bishop suggests strategies to correct this exploring how we live through our (un)conscious choices, through setting our own game, taking perspective, embracing uncertainty and being self-defined through our actions instead of our thoughts.
Whilst primarily a book written for couples to improve their communication skills, the principles it covers can be traced back further to some core values for all relationships. These include; being aware of ourselves, being willing to have uncomfortable conversations, and recognising the influences on ourselves and others. All critical points of being a health assertive communicator.
If you find yourself frequently distracted, Attention Span will help you explore why our ability to be distracted is useful rather than a problem, and how we can best work with this feature of our brain function. Mark helpfully dispels a number of myths about concentration and sets all her work in the real life context of living in a digital age. A great read for anyone worried about their attention span.