Resources

Below is a list of resources recommended by Wiser Ways for further reading. 

Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller is a revelatory exploration of adult attachment styles, unravelling the dynamics that shape our relationships. Grounded in psychological research, the book illuminates the three attachment categories—secure, anxious, and avoidant—revealing how they influence our connections. With clarity and empathy, the authors empower readers to understand their attachment patterns, fostering healthier relationships. The book is a practical guide, offering insights into communication, intimacy, and emotional bonds. “Attached” not only enlightens readers about their own attachment styles but also provides tools to navigate the complexities of love, offering a roadmap for building secure and fulfilling connections.

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is a groundbreaking exploration of trauma’s profound impact on the mind, brain, and body. Van der Kolk, a leading expert in the field, seamlessly combines scientific research with compelling narratives, offering an in-depth understanding of how trauma shapes our lives. The book delves into the intricate connections between psychological and physiological responses to trauma, providing valuable insights for both professionals and the general audience. With empathy and expertise, van der Kolk guides readers through the complex journey of healing. “The Body Keeps the Score” is an essential, eye-opening resource on trauma and recovery.

In The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge takes readers on a captivating journey into the frontiers of neuroplasticity, revealing remarkable recoveries and groundbreaking discoveries. With compelling narratives and scientific rigor, Doidge explores how the brain possesses an innate capacity to heal itself. The book introduces pioneering therapies and innovative approaches, showcasing individuals who have defied conventional medical expectations. Doidge eloquently bridges the gap between cutting-edge research and accessible storytelling, making complex neurological concepts understandable. “The Brain’s Way of Healing” is a testament to the brain’s resilience and the transformative potential of harnessing neuroplasticity for recovery and well-being.

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris offers a refreshing perspective on well-being, debunking the myth of perpetual happiness and instead promoting psychological flexibility. Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Harris provides practical tools to help readers embrace life’s inevitable challenges and develop a resilient mindset. With a blend of cognitive psychology and mindfulness, the book guides individuals to redefine their relationship with thoughts and emotions, fostering a more meaningful existence. Harris’s accessible writing and relatable examples make complex concepts understandable, making “The Happiness Trap” an invaluable guide for those seeking genuine contentment through acceptance and mindful living.

The Resilience Project by Hugh van Cuylenburg is a transformative guide to finding happiness through gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness. With a compelling narrative, Cuylenburg shares real-life stories that highlight the power of these three pillars in overcoming life’s challenges. The book is a beacon of positivity, offering practical insights and simple exercises to cultivate resilience. It seamlessly weaves psychological research into relatable anecdotes, making complex concepts accessible. Cuylenburg’s compassionate approach and engaging writing style create an uplifting reading experience. “The Resilience Project” is more than a self-help book; it’s a roadmap to emotional well-being, reminding readers of the profound impact small, intentional actions can have on their happiness.

See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill is a compelling exploration of domestic abuse that transcends conventional narratives. Hill meticulously dissects the complexities of power dynamics, societal structures, and the insidious roots of intimate partner violence. With a journalist’s rigor and a storyteller’s empathy, she challenges prevailing myths and sheds light on the often-misunderstood dynamics of abuse. Hill confronts systemic failures and advocates for a paradigm shift in our approach to domestic violence. This meticulously researched and emotionally resonant book is a call to action, urging society to see beyond stereotypes and address the deep-seated issues that perpetuate abuse.

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