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The references listed are from a nation-wide study by Santrock & Minnett in 1994. They are among the top 25 recommended by psychologists in higher education, as well as practicing therapists. We have included those we felt were most germaine, and have listed them in the same relative order as in the research results.

  • The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (abuse and recovery)
  • Feeling Good by David Burns (depression)
  • The Danger of Anger by Harriet Lerner (anger)
  • The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns (depression)
  • Your Perfect Right by Robert Alberti & Michael Emmons (assertion)
  • Between Parent and Teenager by Haim Ginott (teenagers and parenting)
  • What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles (career development)
  • The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson (relaxation)
  • The New Aerobics by Kenneth Cooper (exercise)
  • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman (positive thinking)
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl (self-fulfillment)
  • You Just Don't Understand by Deborah Tannen (communication)
  • The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner (love and intimacy)
  • Beyond the Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson (relaxation)
  • The Battered Woman by Lenore Walker (abuse and recovery)


Clifford, Norcross, & Summer (1998) conducted a study to determine practicing psychologists' recommendations of autobiographies. Thirteen were chosen from a list of fifty. Those we felt were most germaine are once again listed below, and the relative order they appeared in the research results.

  • An Unquiet Mind by K.R. Jamison (bipolar disorder)
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by W. Styron (depression)
  • Girl Interrupted by S. Kaysen (bipolar disorder)
  • Too Much Anger, Too Many Tears by J. Gotkin and P. Gotkin A Drinking Life: A Memoir, by P. Hamill (substance abuse)
  • Leaves From Many Seasons by O.H. Mowrer (depression)
  • The Liar's Club: A Memoir by M. Karr (family dysfunction)
  • A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive Illness by P. Duke (depression)

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