Self-Help Books

Self-Help Books describes a diverse selection of titles that focus on self-discovery and self-improvement. The self-help genre is characterized by literature that shares research and advice to promote self-understanding and prompt changes in one's outlook or behavior, thus improving one's quality of life. The Self-Help Collection features texts that discuss topics ranging from business and personal finance to interpersonal relationships, mental health, and sexuality.

Publication year 2016Genre Essay Collection, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: New AgeTags Self Help, Philosophy, Psychology

Publication year 2014Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: HopeTags Self Help, Psychology, Health / Medicine, Religion / Spirituality, Philosophy

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Love, Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Truth & LiesTags Self Help, Inspirational, Psychology, Parenting, Sociology, American Literature

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018) is Jordan B. Peterson’s second book. Peterson’s self-help book seeks to provide practical and virtuous rules to live by for a wide audience and general readership. The book streamlines, simplifies, and reimagines some of the more traditionally academic topics of Peterson’s first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. Each non-fiction work aims to explain human history and human nature according to universal frameworks. 12... Read 12 Rules for Life Summary


Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Love, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: EqualityTags Self Help, Relationships

Publication year 2005Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Language, Life/Time: The Past, Values/Ideas: Religion & SpiritualityTags Self Help, Allegory / Fable / Parable, Religion / Spirituality

A New Earth: Create a Better Life by Eckart Tolle was originally published in 2005 with the title A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. The book followed in the wake of Tolle’s seminal 1997 work The Power of Now, which discusses the potential inherent in the present moment and suggests that the destructive voice in our heads, which causes us to be constantly dissatisfied and compare ourselves to others, is the ego and... Read A New Earth Summary


Publication year 2021Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Guilt, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & PrideTags Self Help, Psychology, Relationships, Inspirational, Sociology, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2010Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Love, Self DiscoveryTags Relationships, Self Help, Psychology, Science / Nature, Love / Sexuality

Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Values/Ideas: Win & LoseTags Self Help, Philosophy

Publication year 2020Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Friendship, Identity: Race, Self Discovery, Society: CommunityTags Self Help, Gender / Feminism

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Art, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: GratitudeTags Self Help, Inspirational, Psychology

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (2015) is a self-help guide by author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. This New York Times bestseller outlines six elements of creativity: courage, permission, enchantment, persistence, trust, and divinity. Gilbert uses anecdotes from her life and writing career, as well as the work of others, to explain these concepts, and presents her views and philosophical musings about creativity and inspiration. The work explores themes such as The Importance of Play... Read Big Magic Summary


Publication year 1994Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Literature, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: GriefTags Self Help, Humor

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott was originally published in 1994. Many of Lamott’s books have been on the New York Times bestsellers list, which qualifies her to offer advice about how to write. She also taught at writing conferences and at UC Davis, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Bird by Bird is a combination of memoir, self-help book, and writing... Read Bird By Bird Summary


Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental HealthTags Psychology, Self Help

Publication year 1992Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Relationships: Friendship, Relationships: Marriage, Relationships: FamilyTags Christian literature, Self Help

Publication year 2008Genre Book, NonfictionTags Business / Economics, Psychology, Science / Nature, Self Help, Education

Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

Published in 2017, Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone presents insights and strategies for finding what Brown refers to as true belonging in a time of increasing cultural polarization in America. Based on Brown’s grounded theory research, true belonging is a practice that involves believing in and belonging to oneself so fully that one can share one’s innermost, authentic self with the rest of the... Read Braving the Wilderness Summary


Publication year 2020Genre Book, NonfictionTags Health / Medicine, Self Help

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor, is a comprehensive treatise on breathing. It combines a journalistic approach with studies in anthropology, biochemistry, human physiology, psychology, and pulmonology to unpack the different techniques of inhaling and exhaling throughout human history and in different societies. With its first publication in 2020, Breath was a bestseller in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Sunday London Times and will... Read Breath Summary


Publication year 2020Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Self Discovery, Society: CommunityTags Self Help

Publication year 1994Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Power & GreedTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help, Finance / Money / Wealth

Publication year 2018Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionTags Self Help, Psychology

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Femininity, Identity: Sexuality, Relationships: Marriage, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Emotions/Behavior: Guilt, Emotions/Behavior: JoyTags Gender / Feminism, Science / Nature, Health / Medicine, Relationships, Self Help, Love / Sexuality

Publication year 524Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: FateTags Self Help, Italian Literature, Ancient Rome

The Consolation of Philosophy by Roman senator and philosopher Boethius is considered the last great philosophical work of the classical era and one of the foundational texts of medieval Christian thought. Anicius Boethius (c. 477-524 CE) was a philosopher and statesman in late Roman times, acting as advisor to the Gothic king Theodoric. Around 523, he was convicted of conspiracy and treason and sentenced to death. While in prison, and prior to his trial, he... Read Consolation Of Philosophy Summary


Publication year 2019Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Family, Society: Economics, Life/Time: Birth, Life/Time: Childhood & YouthTags Parenting, Science / Nature, Self Help

Publication year 2002Genre Reference/Text Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Language, Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Relationships: TeamsTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High (2002) was written by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, and Ron McMillan. It has become a cornerstone of the field of interpersonal communication and self-improvement, offering insights into the dynamics that govern our most vital conversations. Both Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny are leading authorities on organizational change and have advised some of the world’s largest organizations. Al Switzler is a renowned speaker and... Read Crucial Conversations Summary


Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Relationships: TeamsTags Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management, Business / Economics, Psychology

Publication year 2012Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Society: CommunityTags Self Help, Parenting

Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012) is a self-help book that argues people need to embrace vulnerability and live courageously. Rooted in 12 years of ground-breaking research, the book shows that vulnerability is not a weakness but instead it is a measure of courage and the key to a fulfilling life. Daring Greatly is a New York Times best seller and... Read Daring Greatly Summary


Publication year 1998Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Safety & Danger, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Psychology, Business / Economics, Action / Adventure, Self Help, Travel Literature, Science / Nature

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Psychology, Leadership/Organization/Management, Philosophy, Technology

Publication year 1999Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Language, Self DiscoveryTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Psychology, Relationships, Philosophy

Publication year 2021Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: Guilt, Emotions/Behavior: Forgiveness, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Emotions/Behavior: Gratitude, Relationships: Family, Society: Community, Emotions/Behavior: Apathy, Society: Nation, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Truth & LiesTags Health / Medicine, Psychology, Science / Nature, Self Help, Addiction / Substance Abuse, Depression / Suicide, Mental Illness

Publication year 2009Genre Book, FictionThemes Society: Economics, Society: Community, Society: Education, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Psychology, Self Help, Business / Economics

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Values/Ideas: Fame, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Philosophy, Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Natural World: Environment, Values/Ideas: Art, Values/Ideas: Justice & Injustice, Values/Ideas: EqualityTags Politics / Government, Self Help, Gender / Feminism, Philosophy, Leadership/Organization/Management, Social Justice

Publication year 1995Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Society: EducationTags Self Help, Psychology

In Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman discusses how The Components of Emotional Intelligence, like self-awareness, empathy, and social skills, shape an individual’s life. He explores key themes, such as The Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Personal and Professional Success, The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Traditional IQ, and Emotional Intelligence Affecting Mental Health and Interpersonal Relationships. This guide refers to the 1995 Bantam Books hardcover edition. Content Warning: The... Read Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Summary


Publication year 2011Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Self DiscoveryTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Psychology, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Emotions/Behavior: Love, Relationships: FriendshipTags Inspirational, Christian literature, Religion / Spirituality, Self Help

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Teams, Values/Ideas: Safety & Danger, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: ConflictTags Military / War, Business / Economics, Self Help, War On Terrorism / Iraq War

In the 2015 military and business book Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win, two of the most highly decorated US Navy SEALs of the Iraq War describe the lessons of leadership learned during combat and how those lessons apply to companies and organizations. Authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explain that the single most important element of a team is its leader and that the team succeeds in its mission only if... Read Extreme Ownership Summary


Publication year 2001Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Order & Chaos, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Values/Ideas: Trust & DoubtTags Finance / Money / Wealth, Psychology, Philosophy, Self Help, Business / Economics

Publication year 2021Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Emotions/Behavior: JoyTags Self Help, Philosophy, Psychology

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Life/Time: AgingTags Self Help, Psychology, Health / Medicine, Philosophy

Publication year 1990Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: New AgeTags Psychology, Self Help, Health / Medicine, Religion / Spirituality

Publication year 2001Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Order & Chaos, Emotions/Behavior: MemoryTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help, Psychology

Publication year 1981Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Values/Ideas: Power & GreedTags Business / Economics, Psychology, Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management, Relationships, Politics / Government

Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (1981) is a business and self-help book by Roger Fisher and William Ury. It teaches a principled method of settling disputes so that both sides win. Revised in 1991 and 2011, the book has sold 15 million copies in 35 languages, spent several years on the BusinessWeek bestseller list, and is one of the most commonly cited works on lists of the best negotiation books. Authors Fisher... Read Getting to Yes Summary


Publication year 2013Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Teams, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Self DiscoveryTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Psychology, Leadership/Organization/Management

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, by Adam Grant, explores the concept of reciprocity in the workplace and how it can lead to personal and professional success. First published in 2013, the book bridges the genres of business psychology and self-help, providing readers with actionable strategies to enhance their careers and professional relationships. Grant, an organizational psychologist and professor, draws on his extensive research and real-world examples to demonstrate the power of... Read Give and Take Summary


Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Family, Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Life/Time: Childhood & YouthTags Parenting, Psychology, Self Help, Relationships

Publication year 2019Genre Biography, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Self DiscoveryTags Psychology, Self Help

Publication year 2020Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Love, Relationships: FriendshipTags Psychology, Self Help

Publication year 1955Genre Novel, FictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: LoveTags Christian literature, Allegory / Fable / Parable, Psychology, Religion / Spirituality, Self Help, British Literature

Hannah Hurnard’s 1955 novel Hinds’ Feet on High Places is an allegorical portrayal of purgation, progress, and ascent within the spiritual life. Born to Quaker parents, Hurnard struggled with her faith in her youth but experienced a powerful conversion at the age of 19. In the wake of this newfound inspiration, she gained theological training in England and went on to author almost two dozen books over the course of her life.Of those, Hinds’ Feet... Read Hinds’ Feet on High Places Summary


Publication year 2013Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: EconomicsTags Business / Economics, Psychology, Self Help, Technology, Philosophy

Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Language, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Identity: Gender, Identity: Mental Health, Self Discovery, Society: Community, Society: Education, Natural World: Nurture v. NatureTags Science / Nature, Psychology, Health / Medicine, Self Help

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Guilt, Emotions/Behavior: Regret, Identity: Mental HealthTags Philosophy, Humor, Self Help, Psychology

Publication year 2019Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Politics & Government, Society: Economics, Natural World: Place, Society: Community, Natural World: Objects, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Philosophy, Technology, Arts / Culture, Self Help, Information Age

Publication year 2014Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery (2015) is a nonfiction book by Kevin Ashton about creativity. Ashton has led three start-ups and was a pioneer in the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in inventory systems, underscoring his business credibility in this area. His thesis extends into the creative process involved in any field, including art and medicine. Ashton’s main point strikes an open and democratic tone: Being creative is... Read How to Fly a Horse Summary


Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Apathy, Identity: Mental Health, Society: CommunityTags Psychology, Self Help, Relationships, Sociology, Leadership/Organization/Management, Philosophy

Publication year 1940Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Literature, Society: Education, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Education, Philosophy

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Literature, Society: EducationTags Education, American Literature, Arts / Culture, Self Help, Inspirational

Publication year 1948Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: Gratitude, Emotions/Behavior: Forgiveness, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Life/Time: MidlifeTags Self Help, Psychology, Inspirational, Mental Illness, Education

Publication year 1998Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Values/Ideas: Truth & Lies, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Relationships: Friendship, Identity: LanguageTags Self Help, Psychology, Relationships, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2012Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Teams, Relationships: Family, Relationships: Marriage, Emotions/Behavior: Joy, Self DiscoveryTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 1984Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Community, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Society: Politics & GovernmentTags Business / Economics, Psychology, Self Help, Information Age

Publication year 2008Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: MusicTags Health / Medicine, Addiction / Substance Abuse, Self Help

Gabor Maté’s In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions is an unconventional nonfiction book on how to treat addiction, how addicts can better assimilate into society, and how society can dispel many of the myths that surround addiction. Maté works as an addiction specialist at the Portland Hotel in Vancouver, Canada.  Much of the book, published in 2010, focuses on Maté’s evidence that childhood stressors increase the likelihood that one will become... Read In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Summary


Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked (2017), a nonfiction book by Adam Alter, explores the relationship between humans and addictive technologies. Alter is a professor of marketing at New York University Stern School of Business and has written other nonfiction titles about human behavior, such as Drunk Tank Pink.  The book begins with the assertion that people can easily become addicted to smartphones, video games, and other technologies... Read Irresistible Summary


Publication year 2009Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: The Future, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Society: EconomicsTags Business / Economics, Finance / Money / Wealth, Self Help

Publication year 2013Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Teams, Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Values/Ideas: Safety & DangerTags Psychology, Inspirational, Business / Economics, Self Help, Post Modernism

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t (2014) is inspirational speaker Simon Sinek’s second book, a follow-up to Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (2009). The book’s title is derived from a practice in which Marine Corps Officers eat last, sacrificing their own needs for those in their care. Sacrifice is key. Sinek explores the ways in which successful individuals and companies develop cultures built on... Read Leaders Eat Last Summary


Publication year 1987Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Relationships: Teams, Society: Nation, Society: War, Society: Politics & GovernmentTags Business / Economics, History: World, Leadership/Organization/Management, Creative Nonfiction, Self Help

Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun is a self-improvement and business leadership book by Wess Roberts, who was a human resources manager at Fireman’s Fund Insurance when he published the book in 1989. Using the historical figure of Attila the Hun as his mouthpiece, Roberts outlines his management style and approach to business. This guide refers to Attila’s “persona” when quoting words that Roberts imagines Attila might have said. In the introduction, Roberts discusses Attila... Read Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun Summary


Publication year 2020Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Teams, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Emotions/Behavior: ConflictTags Leadership/Organization/Management, Business / Economics, Self Help, Military / War, Psychology

Publication year 2018Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Society: Politics & Government, Identity: Race, Identity: Gender, Values/Ideas: Justice & InjusticeTags Politics / Government, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help, Gender / Feminism, Social Justice

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: CommunityTags Self Help, Psychology, Mental Illness, Health / Medicine, Sociology, Philosophy, Depression / Suicide

Publication year 2012Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Society: CommunityTags Christian literature, Religion / Spirituality, Self Help, Inspirational

Publication year 2014Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Education, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Education, Psychology, Self Help, Science / Nature

Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Relationships: Teams, Identity: MasculinityTags Self Help, Inspirational, Psychology, Leadership/Organization/Management, Military / War

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World is a work of self-help psychology by Admiral William H. McRaven. The book is a continuation and expansion of a commencement speech McRaven delivered at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, which went viral on the internet. Formerly a high-ranking officer of the US Navy and Commander of US Special Operations Command, McRaven relates his experiences in Navy SEAL training to... Read Make Your Bed Summary


Publication year 2012Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Education, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Psychology, Business / Economics, Philosophy, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2019Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Trust & DoubtTags Psychology, Self Help

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (2019) is a nonfiction book by American writer and psychotherapist, Lori Gottlieb. A combination of memoir and popular science, it brings together Gottlieb’s personal life experience and her therapeutic work to illuminate the role therapy can play in everyone’s lives. The work has become a New York Times bestseller and Time magazine Must-Read Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for... Read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Summary


Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Relationships: Teams, Values/Ideas: Order & ChaosTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help

Publication year 1992Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Marriage, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: Forgiveness, Emotions/Behavior: LoveTags Self Help, Psychology, Relationships, Love / Sexuality

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992) is a self-help and personal development book by American author John Gray. The book is designed to help couples improve their relationships by accepting how different men and women are. Although the book was initially met with critical acclaim, it has lost popularity due to critiques about sexist content and the book’s worldview. Although this is Gray’s best-known work, Gray has published many similar books concerned... Read Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Summary


Publication year 2006Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Education, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Psychology

In 2006, psychologist Carol S. Dweck, PhD, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, released the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, as a layperson’s guide to her decades of academic research. Initially interested in areas of motivation, personality, and development, the author gravitated toward research in cognitive motivation theory. She eventually discovered that the concepts of “fixed” and “growth” mindsets explain what motivates some people to embrace challenges and... Read Mindset Summary


Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Race, Society: Colonialism, Society: CommunityTags Social Justice, Race / Racism, Self Help, Colonialism / Postcolonialism, African American Literature

Publication year 2005Genre Book, NonfictionTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Psychology, Relationships

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Relationships: TeamsTags Business / Economics, Self Help

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It is a 2016 nonfiction book cowritten by Chris Voss, an international hostage negotiator turned business consultant and professor, and journalist Tahl Raz. In this book, which straddles the line between the business and self-help genres, Voss shares principles gleaned from decades of experience in high-stakes negotiations. Citations in this guide correspond with the first edition published by Harper Collins. Although Raz is credited... Read Never Split the Difference Summary


Publication year 1999Genre Reference/Text Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Emotions/Behavior: Hate & Anger, Emotions/Behavior: Joy, Self DiscoveryTags Psychology, Self Help, Relationships, Parenting, Leadership/Organization/Management, Business / Economics

Publication year 2008Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Society: Politics & GovernmentTags Self Help, Psychology, Business / Economics

In 2021 the behavioral economists Richard H. Thaler and the legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein released an updated, “final” version of their 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Drawing on research from psychology, economics, sociology, and elsewhere, Thaler and Sunstein make the case for the importance of “nudges.” Nudges, according to these authors, are “aspects of choice architecture” that predictably alter behavior without forbidding or commanding anything (8). Choice architecture refers... Read Nudge Summary


Publication year 1988Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Natural World: Nurture v. NatureTags Finance / Money / Wealth, Business / Economics, Self Help

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Business / Economics, Psychology, Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2005Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Teams, Society: Community, Values/Ideas: Trust & DoubtTags Business / Economics, Self Help

Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: Aging, Identity: Mental Health, Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Life/Time: Midlife, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Health / Medicine, Science / Nature, Self Help

Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Safety & Danger, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Society: Community, Values/Ideas: Order & ChaosTags Self Help

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: FearTags Psychology, Self Help, Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Science / Nature

Publication year 2011Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Relationships: Teams, Values/Ideas: Power & GreedTags Business / Economics, Self Help

Publication year 2012Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Relationships: Teams, Self Discovery, Society: Community, Society: Education, Values/Ideas: Win & LoseTags Self Help, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Leadership/Organization/Management, Parenting

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is a nonfiction book by Susan Cain, published in 2012. It is considered part of the psychology and self-help genres. The book made several bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio. It also was voted the best nonfiction book of 2012 by the Goodreads Choice Awards and has been translated... Read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Summary


Publication year 2019Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Fame, Values/Ideas: Art, Values/Ideas: Music, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Business / Economics, Psychology, Self Help, Science / Nature, Education, Sports, Music, Arts / Culture

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Identity: Disability, Identity: Masculinity, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Self Discovery, Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Emotions/Behavior: Hope, Emotions/Behavior: courageTags Self Help, Psychology, Health / Medicine, Depression / Suicide, Inspirational, Mental Illness

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Identity: Race, Values/Ideas: Justice & InjusticeTags Social Justice, Self Help, Politics / Government, Race / Racism, Philosophy

Publication year 1997Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: The Future, Society: Class, Relationships: FathersTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Finance / Money / Wealth

Published in 1997, Rich Dad Poor Dad is a financial self-help book written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. Kiyosaki’s aim in writing the book was to impart financial lessons and insights to the masses, drawing from his own life experiences and the starkly contrasting financial philosophies of his two “dads.” Upon its release, the book quickly became a bestseller and remains a classic in the personal finance genre. Kiyosaki structures the book as a... Read Rich Dad Poor Dad Summary


Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Natural World: Space & The Universe, Self Discovery, Society: Globalization, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Self Help, Health / Medicine, Science / Nature, Philosophy

Publication year 2013Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Society: Class, Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Equality, Values/Ideas: Win & LoseTags Psychology, Business / Economics, Science / Nature, Sociology, Self Help, Politics / Government, Philosophy

Publication year 2021Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Family, Relationships: Friendship, Relationships: Marriage, Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Self DiscoveryTags Self Help, Psychology, Health / Medicine, Relationships

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management, Journalism

Publication year 2006Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Emotions/Behavior: Love, Natural World: Nurture v. Nature, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Psychology, Self Help, Science / Nature, Sociology, Relationships

Publication year 1988Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Relationships: TeamsTags Psychology, Self Help, Business / Economics

Publication year 2012Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Art, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Self DiscoveryTags Self Help

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Literature, Society: Education, Identity: Mental HealthTags Psychology, Self Help, Health / Medicine, Science / Nature, Addiction / Substance Abuse

Publication year 2014Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Relationships: Teams, Society: CommunityTags Psychology, Self Help, Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management

Publication year 2014Genre Reference/Text Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Self DiscoveryTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management, Psychology, Education

Publication year 2009Genre Essay Collection, NonfictionTags Self Help, Christian literature

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2010) is a memoir written by Catholic priest Gregory (Greg) Boyle. The memoir relays Boyle’s experiences serving as the leader of the Dolores Mission Church in the gang capital of the world, Los Angeles. Boyle, a Jesuit, performed his earliest missionary work in an impoverished Bolivian village. There, Boyle gained two lifelong attributes: an unyielding desire to help the poor and the ability to speak Spanish... Read Tattoos on the Heart Summary


Publication year 1998Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: EconomicsTags Leadership/Organization/Management, Business / Economics, Self Help, Psychology, Relationships

Publication year 1998Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Relationships: Teams, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Psychology, Business / Economics, Philosophy

Robert Greene (1959) is an American self-help book author with a focus on strategy and power. After training in Classical Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Greene worked numerous jobs before pitching The 48 Laws of Power to book packager Joost Elffers in 1995. The book was inspired by Greene’s time as a writer in Hollywood, where he learned that today’s powerful people share common traits with historic princes, leaders, and tyrants. As he... Read The 48 Laws Of Power Summary


Publication year 1990Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: Marriage, Emotions/Behavior: Love, Emotions/Behavior: ConflictTags Self Help, Relationships, Psychology, Christian literature, Love / Sexuality

Publication year 2017Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Psychology

Publication year 1989Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: The FutureTags Self Help, Business / Economics

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Aug 1989) by Stephen R. Covey is one of the most influential self-help books of the late twentieth century. To date, the title has sold over 40 million copies and has been a New York Times bestseller. Covey was named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans of 1996. His book is classified under the categories of Business Management, Organizational Behavior, and Personal Success in Business... Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Summary


Publication year 1998Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey was first published in 1998 but was revised in 2014 to meet the changing needs of its audience of tech-savvy teenagers. (This study guide refers to the 2019 Simon and Schuster trade paperback edition.) While the genre is self-help, the book’s focus on young adult readers is evident from Covey’s informal tone, which he uses to narrate entertaining stories about teenagers, as well as the... Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Summary


Publication year 1992Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Literature, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: Hate & Anger, Life/Time: The Past, Values/Ideas: ArtTags Self Help, Psychology, Arts / Culture, Addiction / Substance Abuse, Religion / Spirituality

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionTags Psychology, Sociology, Self Help

Priya Parker’s book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (2018) is a series of chapter-length essays that provide a guide to organizing effective gatherings as well as a persuasive argument for thinking about them as tools for social transformation. As a highly experienced group facilitator, advisor, podcast host, and expert in conflict resolution, Parker brings a specialist’s insight to her topic. At the same time, she organizes and presents the... Read The Art of Gathering Summary


Publication year 2001Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Gender, Identity: Sexuality, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Emotions/Behavior: LoveTags Psychology, Self Help, Philosophy, Relationships

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Society: Community, Self DiscoveryTags Gender / Feminism, Self Help, Psychology, Social Justice, Diversity

Publication year 2021Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Hope, Natural World: Environment, Natural World: Animals, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Life/Time: The Future, Natural World: Climate, Society: CommunityTags Science / Nature, Philosophy, Self Help

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Joy, Emotions/Behavior: Gratitude, Emotions/Behavior: Forgiveness, Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Relationships: Friendship, Values/Ideas: Religion & SpiritualityTags Self Help, Religion / Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology, Inspirational

The Book of Joy is a 2016 novel coauthored by Tenzin Gyatso (the fourteenth Dalai Lama) and Desmond Tutu. The former is the leader of the Tibetan spiritual tradition, and the latter has lived as an Anglican South African Archbishop and religious philosopher. The authors use their decades of formative experience as leaders of nonviolent opposition to existential oppression in their native lands to explicate a simple path to obtaining joy. Acknowledging the reality of... Read The Book of Joy Summary


Publication year 2007Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Life/Time: Aging, Identity: Mental Health, Identity: DisabilityTags Psychology, Science / Nature, Health / Medicine, Self Help

Publication year 2011Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Relationships: Teams, Society: EconomicsTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help

Publication year 2009Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Relationships: Teams, Identity: LanguageTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Health / Medicine, Psychology, Science / Nature, Leadership/Organization/Management

Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Equality, Relationships: Teams, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: ConflictTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help, Psychology

Publication year 2021Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Hope, Life/Time: The FutureTags Inspirational, Self Help

Publication year 2021Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Values/Ideas: Safety & DangerTags Self Help, Health / Medicine, Psychology, Science / Nature

Publication year 2010Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Self DiscoveryTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Finance / Money / Wealth, Psychology, Philosophy

Publication year 2023Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Art, Values/Ideas: New AgeTags Arts / Culture, Music, Philosophy, Self Help, Psychology, Business / Economics

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Order & Chaos, Self Discovery, Society: EducationTags Philosophy, Self Help, Psychology

Publication year 2007Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

Jon Gordon’s 2007 self-help book The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy became a Wall Street Journal best-seller for its tale of a man who triumphs over serious career and marital problems using the power of positive energy. The ebook edition, ASIN: B0086I25S8, is the source for this study guide.Both a work of fiction and a how-to manual on team-building, The Energy Bus describes how anyone can... Read The Energy Bus Summary


Publication year 2006Genre Reference/Text Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Identity: Femininity, Identity: Masculinity, Identity: Gender, Life/Time: Childhood & Youth, Life/Time: Aging, Life/Time: Midlife, Relationships: Marriage, Relationships: Mothers, Natural World: Nurture v. NatureTags Psychology, Science / Nature, Health / Medicine, Self Help, Gender / Feminism, Relationships, Love / Sexuality

Publication year 2002Genre Book, NonfictionTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help, Psychology

Publication year 1997Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: Truth & Lies, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Philosophy, Self Help, Inspirational, Religion / Spirituality, Psychology

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz was first published in 1997. Born into a family of healers and shamans, Ruiz dedicated his life to creating a philosophy that blends ancient Toltec wisdom with modern sensibilities. After its publication, The Four Agreements stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 10 years and ranked as the 36th best seller of the decade. Many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey... Read The Four Agreements Summary


Publication year 1997Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Values/Ideas: Safety & DangerTags Psychology, Self Help, Trauma / Abuse / Violence, True Crime / Legal, Relationships

Publication year 2010Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Emotions/Behavior: Shame & Pride, Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: JoyTags Self Help, Inspirational, Psychology, Religion / Spirituality

The Gifts of Imperfection: Your Guide to Wholehearted Living (2022) by Brené Brown (originally published as The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are in 2010) introduces the key concepts that have become a signature of Brown’s research, such as reclaiming the importance of vulnerability and defining shame as an obstacle to self-development and connection. The original book spent 75 weeks on The New... Read The Gifts of Imperfection Summary


Publication year 1968Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: Fate, Values/Ideas: Religion & SpiritualityTags Inspirational, Philosophy, Self Help, Business / Economics, Religion / Spirituality, Finance / Money / Wealth, Christian literature

Publication year 2007Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Self DiscoveryTags Psychology, Self Help, Science / Nature, Philosophy, Health / Medicine

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Community, Self Discovery, Relationships: Teams, Emotions/Behavior: courageTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help

Publication year 1949Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Finance / Money / Wealth, Business / Economics, Self Help

Publication year 2010Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Values/Ideas: Good & Evil, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Emotions/Behavior: Forgiveness, Emotions/Behavior: Love, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Society: EducationTags Religion / Spirituality, Self Help

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by Father James Martin was published in 2010. The book is an accessible introduction to Ignatian spirituality, a famous Catholic devotional practice developed in the 16th century by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Father Martin, who left a career in corporate finance to become a Jesuit priest, is a prolific and popular writer on Catholic topics. He is an editor-at-large... Read The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything Summary


Publication year 2022Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Relationships: Friendship, Relationships: Family, Relationships: Marriage, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: Conflict, Emotions/Behavior: GratitudeTags Politics / Government, Social Justice, Self Help, History: U.S., Race / Racism, Diversity, Parenting, Relationships

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Relationships: MarriageTags Relationships, Self Help, Psychology, Love / Sexuality, Parenting, Religion / Spirituality

Publication year 1959Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Self DiscoveryTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management, Psychology

Publication year 2020Genre Autobiography / Memoir, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Relationships: TeamsTags Sports, Psychology, Self Help, African American Literature

Publication year 1999Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Love, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Identity: Mental Health, Natural World: Appearance & Reality, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Values/Ideas: Truth & LiesTags Self Help, Religion / Spirituality, Relationships, Philosophy, Psychology

Publication year 1996Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: The Future, Life/Time: Midlife, Self Discovery, Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Beauty, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: Gratitude, Values/Ideas: Fate, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Natural World: EnvironmentTags Self Help, Philosophy, Religion / Spirituality, Inspirational, Psychology

Publication year 2015Genre Essay / Speech, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Natural World: Appearance & RealityTags Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help

“The Moral Bucket List” is an essay by David Brooks first published in the New York Times Op-Ed Section on April 11, 2015. Born in Toronto and raised in New York, Brooks is a prominent cultural journalist, political analyst, and book author. Since 2003, he has written a twice-weekly column for the New York Times, and since 2004, he has been a political analyst for PBS NewsHour. “The Moral Bucket List” is an adapted excerpt... Read The Moral Bucket List Summary


Publication year 2020Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: New Age, Emotions/Behavior: ConflictTags Self Help, Psychology, Relationships

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Society: EconomicsTags Psychology, Self Help, Health / Medicine, Science / Nature

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

The New One Minute Manager (Scribd digital edition) is a business manager’s leadership guide. Though originally published as a best seller in 1982, the authors—Ken Blanchard, PhD and Spencer Johnson, MD—released an updated version of the text for contemporary times in 2015, incorporating philosophies that reflect modern trends and techniques for today’s business leadership. Considered influential figures in business and management, the co-authors wrote the story as a fictional parable (a short and simple tale... Read The New One Minute Manager Summary


Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Natural World: Food, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Truth & LiesTags Health / Medicine, Science / Nature, Self Help, Sports

Publication year 2014Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Emotions/Behavior: courageTags Self Help, Philosophy

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph (2014) is a self-help book by American author Ryan Holiday. Holiday identifies three aspects of confronting obstacles: “Perception,” “Action,” and “Will.” Weaving Stoic philosophy with historical and contemporary anecdotes, Holiday argues that people can turn obstacles into opportunities by changing their perceptions of their problems. Holiday points to role models such as former American president and general Dwight D. Eisenhower, American aviator... Read The Obstacle is the Way Summary


Publication year 2013Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Relationships: TeamsTags Business / Economics, Self Help

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Justice & Injustice, Society: Class, Society: Community, Values/Ideas: Equality, Identity: RaceTags Self Help, Psychology, Race / Racism, Social Justice

Publication year 2012Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Relationships: TeamsTags Psychology, Inspirational, Self Help

Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business investigates the science behind habit formation in the human brain. Drawing on corporate case studies and pioneering scientific experiments, Duhigg analyzes how individuals, organizations, and societies can use the knowledge of habit formation to change their behaviors. Published in 2012 by Random House, the nonfiction book has reached a broad public readership and landed on the New York Times... Read The Power of Habit Summary


Publication year 1997Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: HopeTags Religion / Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Values/Ideas: Science & TechnologyTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Psychology

Publication year 2022Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Self Discovery, Emotions/Behavior: Memory, Emotions/Behavior: RegretTags Psychology, Self Help, Relationships

Publication year 2002Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Values/Ideas: Good & EvilTags Religion / Spirituality, Christian literature, Inspirational, Self Help

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren, an American evangelical Christian pastor and author, is a work of Christian literature that offers guidance by means of a 40-day personal, spiritual journey. Warren brings his experience in spiritual leadership to this text, exploring what he identifies as God’s five purposes for human life on Earth. This framework seeks to serve as a blueprint for Christian living in the modern... Read The Purpose Driven Life Summary


Publication year 1926Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Identity: Masculinity, Society: EconomicsTags Business / Economics, Finance / Money / Wealth, Self Help

Publication year 2015Genre Book, NonfictionTags Self Help

David Brooks’ The Road to Character, published in 2015, is a philosophical treatise and self-help book hybrid. Brooks believes that in an ego-obsessed, achievement-focused society, our focus is constantly on self-promotion and desire-fulfillment rather than on spiritual enrichment, strength of character, and moral compass. Brooks contrasts the outward-facing, more shallowly motivated self with the inward-facing, more introspectively driven self. After a significant amount of time spent reflecting on his own life experiences as a high-achieving... Read The Road to Character Summary


Publication year 2019Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Emotions/Behavior: Loneliness, Life/Time: Midlife, Relationships: Family, Relationships: Marriage, Self Discovery, Society: CommunityTags Philosophy, Self Help, Psychology, Religion / Spirituality, Sociology

Publication year 2014Genre Reference/Text Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: LanguageTags Psychology, Science / Nature, Self Help

Publication year 2005Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Self Discovery, Life/Time: The Future, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Self Help, Business / Economics, Psychology, Philosophy

Publication year 2006Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Trust & Doubt, Society: Economics, Emotions/Behavior: ForgivenessTags Business / Economics, Leadership/Organization/Management, Self Help, Relationships

Publication year 2016Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Emotions/Behavior: courage, Emotions/Behavior: Apathy, Emotions/Behavior: Fear, Values/Ideas: Fate, Values/Ideas: Power & Greed, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Values/Ideas: Truth & Lies, Values/Ideas: Win & Lose, Self Discovery, Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Society: Economics, Society: Nation, Society: Politics & GovernmentTags Self Help, Psychology, Philosophy, Business / Economics, Humor, Grief / Death

Publication year 2018Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Natural World: Nurture v. Nature, Relationships: Teams, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / PerseveranceTags Psychology, Self Help, Business / Economics, Education, Science / Nature, Leadership/Organization/Management, Parenting

Publication year 1992Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Life/Time: Mortality & Death, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: Religion & SpiritualityTags Religion / Spirituality, Philosophy, Self Help

Publication year 2000Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Society: Community, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Life/Time: The FutureTags Business / Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Self Help, Leadership/Organization/Management

Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point (2000) is an interdisciplinary work of popular sociology and psychology that explores the concept of the tipping point, a moment of sudden change that occurs in social epidemics. Gladwell explores how social epidemics work and offers many case studies and illustrative research to bolster his novel arguments about how epidemics “tip.” The book began as an article for The New Yorker. This guide refers to the first edition of the... Read The Tipping Point Summary


Publication year 1994Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Society: Economics, Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance, Self DiscoveryTags Finance / Money / Wealth, Self Help, Business / Economics

Publication year 2007Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Identity: Mental Health, Values/Ideas: Religion & Spirituality, Self DiscoveryTags Self Help, Religion / Spirituality

Michael A. Singer’s The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, originally published in 2007, is a spiritual self-help book about living life from the point of view of centered consciousness. Identifying with the nonstop chaos of thinking, emotion, and stimulus in our minds causes most of our problems, and Singer offers insight about how to identify as pure awareness and simply notice our experiences pass by without identifying with them. He discusses how our levels... Read The Untethered Soul Summary


Publication year 2019Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Emotions/Behavior: Apathy, Values/Ideas: Science & Technology, Identity: Mental HealthTags Psychology, Science / Nature, Self Help, Sociology, Arts / Culture, Technology

Publication year 2002Genre Book, NonfictionThemes Values/Ideas: Art, Self Discovery, Values/Ideas: FameTags Business / Economics, Self Help, Arts / Culture, Psychology, Philosophy