Here are resources I recommend to people I work with. The links below are affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission from your purchase from these links. Of course, I would recommend them in any case, so feel free to find them wherever you normally shop.
by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
This book is a terrific resource for anyone starting a journey in self-awareness or seeking to understand compassion at a deeper level. Dr. Hanson includes discussions of psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice in a way that is informative, but accessible and readable. I recommend this book often, and if your stack of books is a little too high for the moment, the audio version is really nice.
by Paul Gilbert, Ph.D.
This book presents a powerful concept f compassion, and how we can apply it in our relationships. Dr. Gilbert explains why we react to threats the way we do, and integrates compassion focused therapy, attachment theory, neuroscience, and mindfulness in ways that transformed the way I approach others in all walks of life. There is also an excellent audio book version, available as mp3 or on the Audible platform.
by Thich Nhat Hanh
This is a beautiful little book from one of the masters of mindfulness teaching. Whether you’re an experienced mindfulness practitioner, or just beginning your journey, this book is a gem. I return to it time and time again.
Brene Brown has taken the psychology and self-help areas by storm, and with good reason. Her approach to understanding and cultivating self acceptance has transformed the way many people work, live, and love. While it would be easy to group her work into the “pop psychology” realm, she is a real scholar who does real research. that being said, her work is inspiring and very approachable.