Self Help Books

Counseling and Psychological Services and the UST Book Store have collaborated on a guide to self-help books for the UST community. These books address many concerns and are available at the bookstore. All come highly recommended by the Counseling and Psychological Services staff. We invite you to visit the Book Store and review them at the Counseling and Psychological Services/Self-Help area.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1998). Finding Flow: the Psychology of Engagement in Everyday Life. New York: Basic Books.  ISBN 0-465-04513-8
In this stimulating book, Mihaly Csikszentmihayli (pronounced "Chik-sent-mee-high-yee") demonstrates how anyone can apply his highly regarded psychological research on "flow" to enhance the enjoyment of life. Csikszentmihayli describes the kinds of daily activities that do and don't produce genuine engagement, and demonstrates that increasing one's involvement in engaging activities leads to a more satisfying life.

Norcross, J.C. et. al. (2000). Authoritative Guide to Self Help Resources in Mental Health. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN 1-57230-580-0
The results of a national survey of 2,500 mental health professionals, rating more than 600 self-help books, autobiographies, films and web sites in 28 areas including anxiety, depression, relationships, etc.

Oldham, J., & Morris, L. (2000). The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do. New York: Bantam. ISBN 0-553-37393-5
This book begins with a 107 question inventory then explains the 14 personality types suggested by your answers. It is based on sound personality theory and describes common traits and behaviors of each type, gives tips on living and working with the types, provides exercises to turn potential weaknesses into strengths and lists danger signals that could indicate when a personality style has become a personality disorder.

Seligman, M. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York: Free Press. ISBN 0-743-22298-9
The past president of the American Psychological Association and one of the founders of the positive psychology movement describes well researched methods to change your views and make changes in your life. He believes happiness can be learned and teaches you how.

Seligman, Martin (1998). Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. New York: Simon & Schuster.  ISBN 0-671-01911-2
Martin Seligman, a leading psychologist, turns his ground-breaking research on "learned helplessness" on its head, and describes how developing "learned optimism" can improve many facets of one's life.

Bourne, E.J. (2001). The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook. (3rd Ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. ISBN 157224223X
The newest edition of this self help classic includes clear, step-by-step strategies to understand and overcome anxiety and phobias.

Burns, D. (1999). Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. (Rev. Ed.). New York: Avon. ISBN 0452-281326
Burns describes cognitive therapy in this revised edition of his self help classic. He shares helpful techniques to combat depression in a book that is based on published research. The book contains many self-assessment instruments, which have been described as helpful to many students.

Craske & Barlow (2006). Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic. New York: Oxford. ISBN 0-19-531135-3
Research-supported program for managing anxiety and panic by two of the most highly regarded experts in this field. Now in its 4th edition, Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic, Workbook has been updated to include strategies and techniques for dealing with both panic disorder and agoraphobia. The program outlined is based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and is organized by skill, with each chapter building on the one before it.

Emmons (2006). The Chemistry of Joy. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 13:978-0-7432-1507-2
The Chemistry of Joy presents Dr. Emmons's natural approach to depression -- supplemented with medication if necessary -- blending the best of Western science and Eastern philosophy.

Grayson & Meilman (1999). Beating the College Blues. New York: Facts on File. ISBN 081603986-0
A guide for students to help them cope with a wide array of issues commonly faced in college. 

Greenberger, D. and Padesky, C (1995). Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing The Way You Think. New York: Guilford.  ISBN 0898621283
Workbook designed to help manage anxiety and depression symptoms.

Lewinsohn, Munoz, Youngren, and Zeiss (1996). Control Your Depression. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.  ISBN 031718937
Research-supported depression-management book.

Alberti & Emmons (2001). Your Perfect Right. Atascadero, Ca: Impact.  ISBN 978-886230-85-9
The classic guide to assertive living.

Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J. (1995). Driven to Distraction: Recognizing & Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood. New York: Pantheon. ISBN 0-684-80128-0
The authors view ADD & AD/HD from childhood through adulthood, focusing on how the disorders affect education, relationships and work.

Mondimore, F.M., (1999). Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-6118-7
A physician discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and causes of Bipolar Disorder in a readable style that offers hope for individuals with bipolar and their families.

Jamison, K. R. (1997). An Unquiet Mind. New York: Vintage. ISBN 0679763309
A well known psychologist and researcher discusses her own struggles with bipolar disorder in a sensitive and encouraging biography.

Cash, T. (1997). The Body Image Workbook: An 8-step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Pub. ISBN 1-57224-062-8
Outlines a systematic 8 step program to overcome a negative body image.

Fairburn, Christopher, G. (1995). OVERCOMING Binge Eating. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN 0-89862-179-8.
Provides all the information needed to understand binge eating and bring it under control. The book has been tested in controlled clinical research and has an outstanding success rate.

Hirschmann, J. & Hunter, C. (1996). When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession. New York:. Ballentine Books. ISBN 044991058X.
Explores the myriad reasons why women cling to diets despite overwhelming evidence that diets don’t work and result in food and weight obsession. Describes how "bad body thoughts" are clues to our emotional lives.

Marcus, E. (1999). Is it a Choice?: Answers to the 300 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays & Lesbian People. San Francisco, CA: Harper Collins.  ISBN 0-06-251623-X
The author addresses the most common concerns about gay and lesbian issues in an easy to read question and answer format. The book addresses many common stereotypes and misconceptions and is helpful for GLBT people, their friends and families.

Colgrove, M., Bloomfield, H. & McWilliams, P. (1991). How to Survive the Loss of a Love. (2nd.Ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Prelude. ISBN 0931580439
This book was written in 1976 and has sold over 2 million copies. It provides many practical suggestions for getting over a variety of losses.

Kushner, H. (1994). When Bad Things Happen to Good People. New York: Avon. ISBN 0380603926
The author is a rabbi, who provides a spiritual perspective on death, dying and grief. It is helpful for people struggling with the spiritual and emotional difficulties that can accompany "bad things" and is a long time best seller.

Williams & Poijula (2002). The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.  ISBN 1-57224-282-5
Two psychologists and trauma experts offer techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts to conquer trauma-related symptoms. Readers learn how to determine type of trauma, identify symptoms, and learn how to overcome them.

Cloud, H. & Townsend, J. (2000). Boundaries in Dating: Making Dating Work. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub.   ISBN 0310200342
The authors help readers bridge the pitfalls of dating, using a Christian based path to developing self-control, freedom, and intimacy in the dating process. Using many real life examples, it helps singles to think, solve problems, and enjoy the benefits of dating, while increasing their abilities to find and commit to a marriage partner.

Enright, R. D. (2001). Forgiveness is a Choice: A step-by-step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope. Washington, DC:American Psychological Association Publishing.  ISBN 1-55799-752-2
The creator of the first scientifically backed forgiveness program in the US encourages readers to find "true forgiveness" through confronting and letting go of their pain to regain their lives and their hope.

Schiraldi, McKay, Fanning (2000). The Self-Esteem Workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.  ISBN 1-57224-252-3
Presents a course in self-esteem based on new research and sound principles. Includes checklists, fill-ins, and exercises to show readers how thoughts, emotions, physical health, and behavior impact their self-esteem.

Warshaw, R. (1994). I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape. New York:Harper Perennial.  ISBN 0060925728
This book is based on the results of a national study on date/acquaintance rape. It is an excellent self help book for survivors, partners and family members.

Antony, M. & Swinson, R.(2000).The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook:Proven Techniques for Overcoming Your Fears. Oakland, CA:New Harbinger Pub.  ISBN 1572242167
A psychologist/psychiatrist team translate clinical research into strategies to help get past shyness and other social fears. They provide a clear explanation of what social anxiety is and step by step techniques to overcome it.

Davis, M. Eshelman, E & McKay, M. (2000). The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. (5th Ed.). Oakland, CA:New Harbinger Pub.  ISBN 1572242140
The authors of this popular workbook share multiple strategies for dealing with stress in a variety of situations.

Robbins, A. & Wilner, A. (2001). Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties. New York:Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam.  ISBN 1-58542-106-5
This book is the first publication to document the struggles that are typical for college graduates; figuring out a direction, dealing with decision making, balancing personal and professional lives, all within the context of an overwhelming number of choices. This book will help new grads and their families, friends and colleagues understand what they are dealing with.