BOOKS Recommended By Duane:
The Happiness Trap (Russ Harris, 2008) A book in the self help genre that utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assist in the development of psychological flexibility. ACT is a “third wave” cognitive/behavioral therapy that incorporates the techniques of mindfulness into helping people live lives more in accord with their values. Paraphrased, ACT believes that fusion with ones thoughts and feelings and overly strict rules of living (among several other constructs) are significant contributors toward unhappiness. A free first chapter download and useful worksheets and resources can be found here: TheHappinessTrap.com
Get Out Of Your Mind And Into Your Life (Hayes, Smith, 2005) A workbook that isn’t so much about dealing with any particular affliction as it is a learning manual for living. This workbook is useful for discovering the principles for a values-centered life as defined by your values rather than those defined by society or anyone else. Filled with thought provoking exercises to help you get to a place where you can do just as the book title suggests. Written by one of the original author/researchers that developed the empirically tested Relational Frame Theory (RFT) the theory of language and cognition introduced in 1985 which provides the theoretical base for ACT.
F*ck Feelings (Michael Bennett MD, Sarah Bennett 2015) A profanity-filled self-help book that argues that life is rarely what people expect it to be. A very easy read with practical guidance to help you value your actions rather than get trapped by your emotions. (Note that the authors have a very good website as well. fxckfeelings.com)