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15 Best Books to Improve Mental Health in 2023
1. The Body Keeps the Score
Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- When danger comes, the brain issues instructions to either fight or flee, and the danger passes and calms down. However, trauma keeps people stuck in the predicament of fighting and fleeing, no matter how hard it is to calm down.
- The human brain develops from low-level to high-level. The first level is the functional brain, which is fully developed before birth; the second level is the emotional brain, which is fully developed between 0-6 years of age. Therefore, the trauma experienced before the age of six will have a lifelong impact.
- Numerous studies have shown that social support is the most effective way to cope with stress and trauma.
- If adults and children are easily frightened or emotionally numb and cannot get comfort from humans, dogs, horses, and even dolphins can provide companionship and a sense of security.
- If child abuse can be eliminated in the United States, it will reduce the incidence of cancer by 1/2, alcohol abuse by 2/3, and suicide, drug abuse, and domestic violence by 3/4.
- Those helpless memories of trauma are stored in the tense muscles of the victim, or in the disability of certain parts of the body. So, don't hit your child, his body has never forgotten your violence.
- Perceive that all experiences are short-lived, which will change traumatic thinking and open the way to healing.
- People are like a hotel, and new guests are welcomed every day, such as joy, depression, anger, shame, and so on. Accept every guest's stay, no matter how bad the guest will eventually leave, come and go.
- Drugs can only relieve uncomfortable physical sensations, but will not teach people to self-regulate.
2. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Book Review: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Revised and Expanded): The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems by Daniel G. Amen M.D.
- Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
- Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
- Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
- Develop total focus with the "One-Page Miracle"
- Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises
3. Hope and Help for Your Nerves: End Anxiety Now
5. Healing the Trauma of Abuse
6. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
7. Codependent No More
9. Emotional First Aid
Book Review: Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts by Guy Winch Ph.D.
- know yourself objectively and accept yourself bravely.
- Know others and the world comprehensively, and accept others and the world frankly.
- Not only understand their own abilities and limitations but also understand the beauty and cruelty of reality.
- There is a love for life sober but without backing down and without reservation.
- There are hard work and dedication with a clear conscience, reasonable expectations, and fetters, and some redundancy gives way to unexpected surprises and disappointments in life.
10. Best for understanding family trauma
11. Best for self-awareness
13. The Highly Sensitive Person
- Fortunately, this book gives some specific methods for sensitive people to deal with different incidents and also puts forward good suggestions about self-cultivation. It has considerable practical significance for sensitive people. Compared with some psychology books that only ask questions, countermeasures are crucial.
- As a sensitive group of people, the author has established confidence in sensitive people and spent a considerable amount of space telling readers that sensitive groups of people have their own unique talents. Colleagues mentioned suitable industries. This is the interesting part.
- Sensitive people can indeed find a lot of resonance in the book, and the sense of identity generated during reading is very pleasant.
- I don't know whether it is the translator or the author. The language logic of some paragraphs jumps greatly, and it takes a little effort to read, which seriously affects the reading process.
- Compared with the "useful" part of the appeal, some cases and some circumstantial language in the book add a sense of cumbersomeness.
14. Loving Bravely
15. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
[Habit 1: Proactively]
[Habit 2: Always unswerving]
[Habit 3: Important things first]
[Habit 4: Win-win thinking]
[Habit 5: Knowing the enemy and confidant]
[Habit 6: Eclectic]
[Habit 7: Comprehensive development]
Conclusion of Best Books to Improve Mental Health
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