Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

I was so excited when I requested this book, and it did not disappoint. People are basically decent, and the world is not as bad as you think. That's essentially the premise of this book. But it's not a light, fluffy, motivational book, it's actually a well researched and absolutely fascinating read. I came to …

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The Story Paradox by John Gottschall

How our love of storytelling builds societies and tears them down. In his previous book, The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall showed us how humans see the world through the paradigm of stories. After all, most of our communication, almost all of our entertainment and all social media is essentially storytelling. We can take in facts …

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A Killer By Design by Ann Wolbert Burgess

Murderers, Mind hunters, and my quest to decipher the criminal mind. A Killer By Design is a memoir of the woman who was instrumental in the creation of the "mindhunters" methodologies of criminal profiling. Burgess was a forensic nurse who studied victimology and violent sexual crime, and her work was breaking into new ground when …

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Traumatized: Identify, Understand and Cope with PTSD and Emotional Stress by Kati Morton, LMFT

Kati Morton has a popular YouTube and social media presence sharing her advice and knowledge of psychology with her viewers. This is her second book and focuses on trauma, PTSD and emotional stress, with a nod to issues arising from recent world events, like our increasing online lives and the pandemic. On the whole, it's …

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Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

With the way the world is today, friendship is more important than ever, helping us through and keeping us sane, giving us the emotional support. I felt like this book would be a good one to read and share with you all right now, so I took it on without realising that it was written …

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The Courage To Be Happy by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

A Socratic style dialogue between a youth and a philosopher, this book is the bestselling follow up to The Courage to be Disliked, both of which are a runaway success in Asia. It explores the teachings of Alfred Adler, who is an oft overlooked contemporary of Jung and Freud, but whose ideas ended up being …

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Should You Celebrate When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating?

This week, a close friend of mine had a birthday. They hate to celebrate their birthday, which I've always felt sad about. But it's not for the reasons that you might think. When they were growing up, birthdays were kind of a challenging time rather than a fun celebration of their life. This friend of …

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When Your Friend Is Diagnosed With A Mental Illness or Serious Disease: How Information Can Help You Both Cope.

Recently, one of my closest friends, who has been struggling with depression for years, told me that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. One of the things that she said that really resonated with me was that some of her friends had turned away from her and didn't want to know her anymore. It …

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