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Here are some of the books that I regularly recommend…

Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy, by David Burns. The best book out there on what cognitive behavioral therapy is, how it works and how to use it to improve self-esteem and your mood.

The Verbally Abusive Relationship, by Patricia Evans. How to recognize verbal abuse (you might be surprised) and how to respond in a non-defensive, self-respectful manner.

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay, by Mira Kirshenbaum. A clear step-by-step guide to help decide whether to stay in or get out of your relationship.

Controlling People, also by Patricia Evans. How to recognize, understand, and deal with people who try to control you. It’s not about assigning blame, it’s about taking responsibility.

Codependent No More, by Melodie Beattie. How to stop controlling others and start caring for yourself.

Stop Walking On Eggshells, by Paul Mason & Randi Kreger. Taking your life back when someone you care about has Borderline Personality Disorder.

Getting the Love You Want, by Harville Hendrix. A guide for couples to understand why we choose the people we marry and, if you are ready to work at it, how to build a “passionate friendship.”

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, (and it’s all small stuff), by Richard Carlson. A classic little book with a big message.

Do you have a favorite? If it’s not here please share in the comments section!

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