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"Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders" by Aaron T. Beck


The therapy of patients with various disorders of personality has been discussed in the clinical literature since the beginning of the recorded history of psychotherapy


"Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders " by Aaron T. Beck One of the founders of cognitive therapy writes a clear, comprehensive guide to the basis of emotional disturbance and highlights such important concepts as learning the meaning of hidden messages, listening to automatic...
Demonstrates the role of irrational & unrealistic “automatic thoughts” in depression, anxiety & phobias & describes techniques for overcoming them. 


"Distancing : A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder"  

by Martin Kantor


This book provides an in-depth look at avoidance and Avoidant Personality disorder (APD). 
The author studies the avoidant in the real world and habitat and evolves a dedicated, 
eclectic, action-oriented therapeutic approach. Kantor believes it is important to move 
away from individual components of avoidance, such as fear of rejection or low self-esteem, and to study and treat the avoidant "gestalt" for which the proper treatment is avoidance reduction. Components of the psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and supportive approaches that involve "doing" or action, are emphasized.



"Disorders of Personality: DSM and Beyond, 2nd ed" 

by T. Million


This book should be read by everyone who wishes to reclaim the lost land of personality theory and personality disorders (it's so good that I was tempted to say read by anyone who has a personality). This book can be applauded as a companion volume to DSM-III

Robert Alberti and Michael Emmons
Your Perfect Right; A Guide to Assertive Living
The most complete, practical and authoritative assertiveness training course available in print

**Social Phobia, |Anxiety, shyness...
Jonathan Berent and Amy Lemley
Beyond Shyness
Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties 
Outlines techniques to overcome shyness & social phobias, focusing on specific 
social situations.
Dr.Signe Dayhoff
Diagonally-Parked in a Parallel Universe: Working Through Social Anxiety
Provides proven methods for successfully coping with anxiety producing social 
situations. The insider’s scoop & life-strategy approach to significantly 
alleviating your social pain & effectively working toward your potential & 
achieving your goals. 
Cheryl N. Carmin
Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia
Instruction for assessing fears, practicing relaxation/deep breathing & 
improving or developing social skills.
Ronald M. Rapee
Overcoming Shyness & Social Phobia

Presents 4 case studies of stress-related problems faced by a large segment of
the population; offers checklists & solutions. This book is MUST whether your in therapy or simply looking for a self-help option for SA/SP.
Debra Hope
Managing Social Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach
Workbook shows how SP interferes with the achievement of life goals; teaches strategies for managing symptoms of discomfort in social situations & provides information about how to challenge irrational beliefs. Includes worksheets & information about interventions, such as exposure, cognitive reframing, 
relaxation & medication.
Gillian Butler
Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness.: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Complete program provides practical methods, using techniques of cognitive therapy, for resolving feelings of nervousness or apprehension in our relationships with other people, as well as worksheets to help track progress. Helps us to understand the many forms & causes of social anxiety & offers 
strategies for overcoming them.


Barbara G. Markway
Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety & Reclaim Your Life
Resource for sufferers, those who love them & those who treat them includes information on symptoms & possible causes; offers methods for treating the disorder, including self-treatment options. Case histories present people from a wide variety of backgrounds who have social anxiety disorder. Appendixes include help from parents of children with this disorder.
Donald Capps
Social Phobia: Alleviating Anxiety in an Age of Self-Promotion
Helps pastoral counselors, ministers & other religious practitioners understand social phobia from both the psychological & pastoral theological points of view. Describes the condition & its psychological roots, surveys various therapeutic responses & their effectiveness & points to the possibilities of religious alleviations. Offers insights for healthy & adaptive ways of life.
Dr. Marylin Sorenson
Breaking the Chain of Low Self Esteem
The companion work book and the follow up book, "Low Self Esteem: Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed.
Laney MacKenna Mark
The Mud People
Low self-esteem...marginal self-worth...inner child shame...Anyone grappling with the all-too-common consequences of a dysfunctional upbringing will find courage and enlightenment in this unique book. A simple but deeply meaningful parable, it addresses classic emotional issues with refreshing clarity and keen insight. In it, you will see your own life events unfold, recognize people you have known, and even relive past incidents as you accompany a young girl on a journey of awakening from the stifling legacy of.... THE MUD PEOPLE
Also from the book: 

Kaila is a mud child who lives with her mud family in
a dark forest where the sun never shines. Though her
people love her, they are abusive and inadvertently
thwart her chances for happiness. Unlike the others,
Kaila hates the mud that covers her and she cannot
help but notice the pristine river that runs nearby.
Can it cleanse her?
Though cautioned that the sun might burn her, Kaila
dares to venture to the river's edge. There she meets
Juta, who is sparklingly clean. It is a very special
day, for Juta is a learned teacher who will soon
initiate her into the mysteries of the magical river. 
And so begins Kaila's transit from the dark clouds of
self-hatred to the warm sunshine of self-fulfillment.
If you have suffered abuse of any kind, you will draw
strength from Kaila's age-old quest. Her passage to
healing will reconnect you to your particular time of
growth, of coming to grips with familial baggage, of
struggling to break away from a victim mentality.
Inspiring, perceptive, empowering, THE MUD PEOPLE
will bless you with a radiant light in the forest and
a calm voyage down your personal river."
Barbara Wright Sykes
Overcoming Doubt, Fear & Procrastination: Identifying the Symptoms, Overcoming the Obstacles
5-step approach to overcoming the obstacles of doubt, fear & procrastination, 
in order to conquer the demons that keep us from enjoying the happy, productive 
& successful life we envision.
Karen Peterson
The Tomorrow Trap Unlocking the Secrets of the Procrastination-Protection Syndrome
Helps us to understand that procrastination is not the same thing as laziness– there is always an underlying, protective reason for putting off decisions, plans & activities. Through a series of exercises & techniques that tap into the non-dominant right side of the brain, this book helps to unlock the hidden factors that reduce individuals to the point of living only half a life.
M. Susan, Ph.D. Roberts
Living Without Procrastination: How to Stop Postponing Your Life
Interactive workbook helps us understand why we procrastinate & learn how to stop the habit. Lets us identify our own personal “procrastination style” through real-life examples, worksheets & self-assessment exercises. Provides step-by-step techniques for unlearning unproductive patterns, overcoming resistance & attaining a new sense of purposefulness in our lives. Offers specific strategies for taking on issues related to procrastination in studying, at work & at home.
Linda Sapadin, Jack Maguire
It’s About Time! The Six Styles of Procrastination & How to Overcome Them
Critically analyzing the roots of procrastination, identifies 6 types of procrastinators linked to personality & family dynamics - the Perfectionist, the Dreamer, the Worrier, the Defier, the Crisis-maker & the Over doer - & presents a 3-step program designed to help us overcome the problem. Self-diagnostic quizzes & case studies help us decide which one we are.
Linda Sapadin, Jack Maguire
Beat Procrastination & Make the Grade. The Six Styles of Procrastination & How Students Can Overcome Them
Step-by-step guide to overcoming procrastination. Identifies 6 types of procrastinators & for each has developed a specific program designed to help students unlearn self-destructive behavior & realize their full academic potential. Through quizzes & case studies, shows how to: identify & change bad work patterns, prioritize effectively, develop effective study habits &cope with newfound freedom & responsibility.
Pamela Nudelman
The Secret Handbook for Perpetually Paralyzed Procrastinating Pack Rats
For anyone who’s inundated with papers & assorted paraphernalia & who seeks to gain better control of this aspect of their life. By making us conscious of present living habits & patterns we can make better choices in the future. Clever ideas can be easily incorporated to make maximum use of time & energy, regain control of your life, reduce stress & significantly enhance your self image.
*Highly Sensitive People : Elaine Aron

*The Highly Sensitive Person : Elaine Aron

**More books on Social Phobia and Concepts in treatment approaches.	

"Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy"
David D. Burns 
Exercises to deal with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, guilt & procrastination

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-
esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs! In 
Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the 
remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your 
spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

"Feeling Good Handbook" by David D. Burns 
Remove mental obstacles that hinder success – chronic nervousness, panic
attacks, phobias, anxiety, fear of public speaking, procrastination, self-
doubt, stress, guilt & inferiority.

"Never Good Enough: Freeing Yourself From the Chains of Perfectionism"
by Monica Ramirez Basco  
A practical, scientifically proven step-by-step program for overcoming 
unreasonably high expectations that can often be the hidden cause of 
depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stifled creativity, and broken 

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