Stack of self-help books

We’re lucky to have so many self-help books available to us these days. The books listed below were written by talented and insightful people. They deal with the areas of self-development, psychology, creativity and leadership.

All of them have been used in some way in the writing of this blog. Although they may not be cited specifically, I gratefully acknowledge their influence on my thinking and writing.

Please read as many of them as you can. You’ll benefit enormously in all areas of your life if you do.


Aarons-Mele, Morra. (2018). Hiding in the bathroom: how to get out there when you’d rather stay home. New York: Dey Street.

Begley, Sharon. (2017). Can’t. Just. Stop. An investigation of compulsions. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Begley, Sharon. (2009). The plastic mind. London: Constable.

Behary, Wendy T. (2013). Disarming the narcissist. Oakland, California: New Harbinger.

Breininger, Dorothy. (2013). Stuff your face or face your stuff: the organized approach to lose weight by decluttering your life. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications, Inc.

Breznitz, Shlomo & Hemingway, Collins. (2012). Maximum brainpower. Alexandria NSW: Hay House Australia Ltd.

Covey, Stephen R. (2013). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Daskal, Lolly. (2017). The leadership gap. What gets between you and your greatness. Portfolio.

Duckworth, Angela. (2019). Grit. London: Vermilion.

Dweck, Carol S. (2010). Mindset. New York: Random House.

Elder, L., & Paul, R. (2013). 30 days to better thinking and better living with critical thinking. Upper Saddle River, N. J.: FT Press.

Ericsson, Anders & Pool, Robert. (2016). Peak. How all of us can achieve extraordinary things. London: Bodley Head.

Far, Nir. (2020). Indistractable. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Goldsmith, Marshall. (20100. Mojo. London: Profile Books Ltd.

Goldsmith, Marshall. (2007). What got you here won’t get you there. How successful people become even more successful. London: Profile Books Ltd.

Goleman, Daniel. (1995). Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books.

Goleman, D., & Davidson, Richard J. (2018). The science of meditation. How to change your brain, mind and body. UK: Penguin Life.

Greenberg, Melanie. (2016). The stress-proof brain: master your emotional response to stress using mindfulness & neuroplasticity. California: New Harbinger.

Grey, Emma & Thomas, Audrey. (2017). I don’t have time. 15 minutes ways to shape a life you love. Wollombi, Australia: Exisle Publishing Ltd.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. All of his many writings are worth reading.

Harris, R. (2009). The happiness trap. Stop struggling, start living. Wollombi NSW: Exisle Publishing Limited.

Helgoe, Laurie. (2013). Introvert power: why your inner life is your hidden strength. Illinois: Sourcebooks Inc.

Holder, Chris. (2020). The simple shift. Milton, Queensland: John Wiley & Sons Australia.

Jeffers, Susan. (2012). Feel the fear and do it anyway. London: Vermilion.

Jeffers, Susan. (1999). I’m OK, you’re a brat. Sydney: Hodder.

Knaus, William J. (1998). Do it now! Break the procrastination habit. Toronto: John Wiley & Sons.

Leahy, Robert L. (2005). The worry cure. Stop worrying and start living. New York: Random House.

Leonard, George. (1992). Mastery. The keys to success and long-term fulfilment. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Books.

Loehr, Jim, & Schwartz, Tony. (2005). The power of full engagement. New York: Free Press.

Moore, Rob. (2018). Start now. Get perfect later. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim. Rest: Why you get more done when you work less. Great Britain: Penguin Life.

Peeke, Pamela. (2007). Fit to live. London: Rodale.

Ryan, M. J. (2013). The power of patience. San Francisco, California: Conari Press.

Ryan, M. J. (2006). This year I will…: how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true. New York: Broadway Books.

Sanderson, Catherine A. (2019). The positive shift. Mastering mindset to improve happiness, health, and longevity. Dallas: BenBella Books, Inc.

Seligman, Martin. (2013). Flourish: a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York: Atria.

Shafran, R., Egan, S., & Wade, T. (2018). Overcoming perfectionism. A self-help guide using scientifically supported cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Robinson.

Siegel, Daniel. (2018). Aware: the science and practice of presence. London: Scribe Publications.

Soukup, Ruth. (2016). Unstuffed: Decluttering your home, mind & soul. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Tolle, Eckhart. (2001). The power of now. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Tracy, Brian. (2017). Eat that frog! 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. Oakland, California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Wahl, Erik. (2013). Unthink. Crown.

Wright, Judith. (2003). There must be more than this: How to find more life, love and meaning by overcoming your soft addictions – seemingly harmless, time-wasting habits. Transworld Publishers.

Other resources:

1 Viskontas, Indre (Professor). (2017). Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience. Professor The Great Courses, Virginia.
Set of video lessons and course booklet available online at:
(Many other interesting courses available as well.)

2 Cut the fat blog and podcast:

3 Centre for Clinical Interventions

This is a great website with loads of self-help materials in a range of areas. All are written by clinical psychologists, with easily understood explanations. Learn practical strategies to overcome a range of difficulties. Resources available include the following areas:

eating difficulties

They also have audio recordings to help you retrain breathing and attention apps to help monitor breathing and retrain yourself to stop worrying.

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