PSYCHOLOGICAL SEMINARS/TRAININGS/WORKSHOPS - For indepth
"finishing" of areas that hold us all back.
LIFE EDUCATION AND PHILOSOPHICAL TRAININGS - Very effective
trainings in changing viewpoints and how one operates in life.
KEY BOOKS TO READ FIRST
BY SUBJECT (Enter into search engine, for these.)
ADDICTIONS - Even "soft" addictions make a difference.
ATTITUDES - Adjusting, affirming.
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WEBSITES AND SERVICES
RELATED TO PSYCHOLOGY
Links to counseling services that are recommended.)
HelpGuide.org - A comprehensive site, with everything from relaxation techniques to how to be
better off psychologically. Quite excellent! Non-profit.
specific psychological subjects.
PsyBlog - High standards for reputability of information and substance Livestrong.com - A unique style of summarizing that enables a quick overview.
DrPhil.com No longer recommended as it dropped all its value for commercialism.
Excellent on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and the basics of psychology:
Rational.org - Much of Frogatt's material, great for understanding RBT and psychology Skysite.org - Lots of good materials to get emotional understanding and mastery
HAPPINESS SITES (Being constructed...)
HowToBeHappy.org - A nice ebook on happiness.
OTHER ONES I LIKE
A *BARKSDALE WISDOM - Self Esteem and Stress Control. (So good that I bought all the
copyrights and am providing the materials at no cost.) Really the best I have
seen in "straight thinking". A+ impact! (The acquiring organization appears to have
killed this website, but I am attempting to buy the rights to it to prevent these works
from being lost. (See the comments on the great underlying book, and the ordering
TRANSFORMATION/LIFE EDUCATION Click here to go to recommended services.
DO: Consider using the Barksdale material and taking the basic course at Landmark Education, as many others, from "normal" people to highly successful people, such as the President of Reebok, have made significant changes in the quality of their lives. You are likely to experience similar results.
RELATED TO PSYCHOLOGY/AWARENESS
CONTENTS OF THIS SECTION
RICHARD LUI - Life Balance Counseling, Sacramento, California 916-481-0234
Excellent multi-discipline, multi-resource life counselor, psychologist, and
relationship counselor. For people who want to Master their lives; you dont have to
be nuts to benefit from his methodology and wisdom. Has some excellent courses he
teaches also. Also, look for his classes in relationships and in personal growth in the
ROBERT AND JOYCE SIMPSON, The Self Center, Santa Ana, California - Two excellent, practical counselors with years of experience. Excellent also at couple's counseling and workshops. 714 997-9600 Dr. Daniel Binus - Sounds interesting, though I have yet to meet him. Holistic. About.
KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN, CHT - A Master Practitioner, serving the greater Sacramento
area. 916 373-1932, go to her website.
HOFFMAN INSTITUTE - For an indepth, complete viewing and resolving of what is occurring in
one's life this is the penultimate, with proved exceptional high effectiveness in terms of everything from greater confidence to very reduced stress and a much greater sense of well-being. A number of famous people in the growth field attest to its effectiveness. An 8 day program with lots of
These are effective in changing viewpoints and understandings about life - one of the most valuable areas to put your effort toward, as it can increase the quality of life more than you might anticipate. Some have independent surveys supporting their effectiveness. Click on the red title above to go to that section.
BOOKS RELATED TO PSYCHOLOGY/AWARENESS
CONTENTS OF THIS SECTION: (Click red underlined links.)
THE KEY BOOKS TO READ FIRST
PRIME RECOMMENDED ITEMS - YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY READ EACH OF THE PRIORITIZED (A-B), PLUS READ ANY ASTERISKED BOOK IF THE AREA IS RELEVANT TO YOU.
ADDICTIONS - Even "soft" addictions make a difference.
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WHICH ONES TO READ FIRST: There are a number of good books out there, but it is important to read them in priority order. Some are absolutely essential to a good education in life management, so they will be given a priority rating above others. You should read the prioritized (A-B) and then the asterisked books if the area is relevant. However, all the books are excellent.
(Print this page and then mark off which ones to order through the link to Amazon.com.)
THE KEY BOOKS TO READ FIRST
Although the priority system for what to read still applies here, I've reworked this section to be put in the order that I think that most people would be benefited most. Of course, if there are specific interests go to those also.l
For foundational understanding, in this order:
To Love Is To Be Happy With, Barry Neil Kaufman - Stop creating and using
beliefs that don't serve for the greater good.
The Science of Happiness, Stefan Klein - Covers the key insights from the science of
the brain all the way to what works to create happiness - and what not to waste your
BOOKS, ETC. BY SUBJECT AREA
The Soft Addiction Solution: Break Free Of The Seemingly Harmless Habits That
Keep You From The Life You Want, Judith Wright - The title says it all! This is
a central work to read and follow.
ATTITUDE - Adjusting, affirming, creating
recommed first by most people. I particularly think these books are useful:
Life! Reflections On Your Journey and Love Yourself, Heal Your Life
BELIEFS - For the most up to date and detailed resources, go to the Beliefs section, Learning About Beliefs subsection. That section replaces this one.
A1 To Love Is To Be Happy With, Barry Neil Kaufman - Stop creating and using beliefs that
don't serve for the greater good.
CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM -
A2 Becoming Real, Gail Saltz, M.D. - Very practical, defeats "stories" we make up
and are not aware of running us, to our detriments. Read first 1/2, then "scan-
A1 COMPLETE CONFIDENCE, Sheenah Hankin - Deals with how so many people are
fooling themselves with old scripts, from shame, guilt, and self-pity to anger and blame.
Scan read for essential ideas and what is applicable to you. Outstanding.
Quiet Your Mind, John Selby - An easy to use guide to ening chronic worry and negative
thoughts and living a calmer life. One of the most practical, tying together "cognitive" re-
forming of the thought process with meditative approaches. See his website for
A3 Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach. In the top 20 books of all time from a
respected psychologist. This is a key thing to learn, so we have some of the
materials built in to this website.
A2 SOUL WITHOUT SHAME, A GUIDE TO LIBERATING YOURSELF FROM THE JUDGE
WITHIN, Byron Brown. An excellent and freeing explanation of giving up the child view of
being subject to the judge and no longer having to be "motivated" by the critic.
ANXIETY - See the resources listed in the Anxiety section. DEPRESSION - See the resources listed in the Depression section. GRATITUDE - Moved to the Gratitude section, where there will likely be a greater, more updated list in the future.
Attitudes of Gratitude, How To Give And Receive Joy Every Day Of Your Life - M. J. Ryan - Another great book by M.J.
Count Your Blessings - Dr. John F. DeMartini - One of the sages.
Gratitude - AffirmingThe Good Things In Life - Melodie Beattie - From the wisdom of her
best selling books.
Gratitude, A Way Of Life - Louise L. Hay and friends - Pretty much a classic in the field.
++ The Gratitude Effect - Dr. John Demartini - For some reason, after reading this book, I had
a new view about gratitude, about my life, my body, and circumstances in life. Important
(Although the following are not about gratitude, it is good to read books with stories of people succeeding, sometimes over all odds, and those with "happy" stories. Although some people consider these corny, they can be quite inspirational and illuminating. The most famous series is The Chicken Soup For The Soul books.)
METHODS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENT
The Power of Focusing, A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing, Ann Weiser
Cornell, Ph.D. A powerful book, used intrinsically in the practice of a highly respected
counselor. It is a way of focusing on what issues are coming up for you, by first
"listening" to where your body is sensing something to resolve or explore and then
"listening" to what is said, while nurturing yourself in a rather unique way that helps
teach acceptance and self-loving, while being tremendously self-healing.
A4 Self Matters, Dr. Philip McGraw. Together with the workbook, one of the most
practical approaches to self understanding and management.
A1 Change Your Mind & Your Life Will Follow, Karen Casey - An excellent "grounding"
book for life and eliminating, with an absolute cut-off, the behaviors and thinking that
gets in the way of attaining peace and happiness.
Bad Childhood, Good Life, Dr Laura Schlessinger - Definitely overcomes any idea of
A1 The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Don Riso and Russ Hudson. Great way to
determine your precise personality type and how to deal with your strengths
and weaknesses, what drives you and what you need to be more aware of.
the page this links into, then use the links to each of three sections. You can also
buy a hard copy.)
THOUGHT MANAGEMENT/CONTROL (Note that thoughts are largely beliefs, so that you should see and read in that area.)
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World,
Lynne McTaggart - Recommended by a high intentioned person who was bound and
determined to gain control over her thoughts so that she would no longer be a victim of
negative thought processes. Highly rated by quite a few people (see Amazon reader
reviews), she says this is the only thing that works for her! It has a few of the "higher"
level "intention manifests itself" in physical ways, which a number of people won't buy, but
which has a truth if explained in another way (and it can't do any harm).