Personal Growth Recommended Reading

Getting to Know Yourself (what makes you tick)

  1. Taming Your Gremlin, A Guide to Enjoying Yourself, Richard D. Carson.
  2. The Enneagram Made Easy, Discover the 9 Types of People, Renee Baron, Elizabeth Wagele
  3. The Enneagram, Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life, Helen Palmer.
  4. Personality Types, Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery, Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson.
  5. The Wisdom of the Enneagram, The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson.
  6. Loving What Is, Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie.
  7. The Heart of Addiction, Lance Dodes.
  8. Home Coming, Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, John Bradshaw.
  9. Family Secrets, The Path to Self-Acceptance and Reunion, John Bradshaw.
  10. Bradshaw On: The Family, A New Way of Creating Solid Self-Esteem, John Bradshaw.

Life Skills (practical advice and excerises)

  1. Live the Life You Love, In Ten Easy Step by Step Lessons, Barbara Sher.
  2. Wishcraft, How to Get What You Really Want, Barbara Sher.
  3. What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles.
  4. People Skills, How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts, Robert Bolton.
  5. Tongue Fu, How to Deflect, Disarm, and Defuse Any Verbal Conflict, Sam Horn.
  6. When I Say No, I Feel Guilty, Manuel J. Smith.
  7. Getting to Yes, Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Roger Fisher and William Ury.
  8. Managerial Clout, Take Action, Get Results, Influence People & Events, Daryl G. Mitton & Betty Lilligren-Mitton
  9. Looking Out For #1, Robert J. Ringer.

Your Psycho-Spiritual Journey (finding meaning, happiness, and more to life)

  1. Your Road Map to Lifelong Happiness, A Guide to the Life You Want, Ken Keyes, Jr.
  2. The Road Less Traveled, A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth, M. Scott Peck.
  3. Start Where You Are, A Guide to Compassionate Living, Pema Chodron.
  4. How to Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be, Cheri Huber.
  5. After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, Jack Kornfield.
  6. A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life, Jack Kornfield.
  7. The Shadow on the Path, Clearing Psychological Blocks to Spiritual Development, VJ Fedorschak.
  8. What Really Matters, Searching for Wisdom in America, Tony Schwartz.

Eastern Philosophy and Spirituality (for better understanding of life)

  1. Everyday Tao, Living With Balance and Harmony, Deng Ming-Dao.
  2. Awakening the Buddha Within, Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World, Lama Surya Das.
  3. The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Alan Watts.
  4. Shambhala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa.
  5. Meditation in Action, Chogyam Trungpa.
  6. Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel.
  7. Nothing Special, Living Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck.

Meditation (some teachings on the practice)

  1. The Everyday Meditator, Osho.
  2. Wherever You Go There You Are, Mindful Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
  3. Everyday Zen, Love & Work, Charlotte Joko Beck.
  4. Journey of Awakening, A Meditator's Guidebook, Ram Dass.
  5. The Calm Technique, Simple Meditation Methods that Really Work, Paul Wilson.

Inspirational Stories and Life Lessons (heroes, role models, and feel-good reading)

  1. My Grandfathers's Blessings, Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging, Rachel Naomi Remen.
  2. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things, Robert Fulghum.
  3. Callings, Finding and Following an Authentic Life, Gregg Levoy.
  4. What Should I Do With My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question, Po Bronson.

Humanistic Psychology (some background reading)

  1. Toward a Psychology of Being, Abraham Maslow.
  2. Childhood and Society, Erik Erikson.
  3. Game People Play, Eric Berne.
  4. Gestalt Therapy Integrated, Erving & Miriam Polster.
  5. The Divided Self, R.D. Laing.
  6. Theories of Development, William Crain.

Jungian Psychology and Dream Work (understanding stories, symbols, and shadows)

  1. Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung, et al.
  2. Meeting the Shadow, Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams, et al.
  3. Transformation, Robert Johnson.
  4. A Little Course in Dreams, Robert Bosnak.
  5. Dream Power, Ann Faraday.
  6. The Dream Game, Ann Faraday.