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Planet Psych's Top Ten Book Selections
Find the latest in Self Help, Addiction/ Recovery, Stress Management and more.

Welcome to the Planet Psych bookstore. Here, you will find our book recommendations listed by topic. If you find books that interest you, you can purchase them immediately by clicking through and following the directions. The bookstore, in affiliation with, can offer you millions of titles of books, compact discs and videos.

Addiction/Recovery Parenting
Anxiety Relationships
Cyberpsychology Stress Management
Depression Values, Philosophy, and Spirituality



Cool Water: Alcoholism, Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery; Bill Alexander and William Alexander

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Alcohol : How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did; Philip Tate, Ph.D.

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Overcoming Panic, Anxiety, & Phobias : New Strategies to Free Yourself from Worry and Fear; Carol Goldman and Shirley Babior

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An End to Panic : Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder; Elke Zuercher-White

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Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction-And a Winning Strategy for Recovery; Kimberly S. Young

In Caught in the Net, Dr. Kimberly Young examines the phenomenon of internet addiction. She gives case histories of ruined marriages and severely impacted lives collected from her work with internet addicted individuals. She provides insights into the causes and treatment of internet extra-marital affairs, compulsive internet gambling, and compulsive internet shopping.

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Online Seductions; Falling in love with strangers on the internet; Esther Gwinnell, M.D.

Dr. Gwinnell explores the allure of online romance. She draws from case histories of her own patients as well as dozens of interviews with people involved in online relationships. She tries to answer such questions as; Why is cyber romance so hot? When is it good? When is it bad? How do you spot trouble? How do you protect yourself? When have you gone too far? What if you are married?

Overall, this is an excellent discussion of some of the major issues in a new and exploding field.

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Romancing the Net : A 'Tell-All' Guide to Love Online; Richard Booth, Marshall Jung

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How to Use Computers and Cyberspace in the Clinical Practice of Psychotherapy; Jeri Fink

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I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy Of Male Depression; Terrance Real

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Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You; Richard O'Conner

The author, Richard O'Connor, October 12, 1997
The author, Richard O'Connor, October 12, 1997
"I wanted to write a book to address the issue of preventing depression. The emphasis is too often focused on treatment after someone has hit rock bottom. There is a sense that depression is something that happens to you without warning. I disagree. I think there is a warning - that people do lead a depressed lifestyle before they feel depressed - and that people should be encouraged to believe there is a lot they can do to avoid hitting bottom and to make their recovery much faster and more effective. And because of my own personal experience with depression, I feel a strong desire to help prevent people from suffering what my family and I have gone through. So I've tried to lay out a roadmap for people to follow through recovery. I've taken the "practice wisdom" of good psychotherapy and put it into a form that people can follow to help themselves as they deal with depression in their thinking, their behavior, their emotions, their relationships, and their self-image. "

You can read an excerpt from this book on Planet Psych!  Visit the article, When Parents are Depressed.

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Discipline; A Sourcebook of Fifty Failsafe Techniques for Parents; James Windell

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You can read several articles by James Windell on Planet Psych, including Handling Difficult Preschoolers, Self-Defeating Behaviors, and Head-Banging.

The Whole Parent: How To Become a Terrific Parent Even If You Didn't Have One; Debra Wesselman, M.S., L.P.C.

In The Whole Parent, Debra Wesselmann examines the attachment of parent and child in the earliest years. Her review of the research literature leads her to believe that these early experiences form the basis of our ability to trust and feel secure.
Her clinical experience as well as her personal experience as a mother of five lead her to believe that those parents who were raised with inadequate parental attachment can overcome it and be loving supportive parents.

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Someone Right For You; Edward A. Dreyfus, Ph.D.

Someone Right for You offers a strategy for finding a mate, not a playmate. It helps you create a plan based on understanding of yourself and it teaches you the interpersonal techniques needed to make your plan work.

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Read several articles by Dr. Dreyfus on Planet Psych -- "Someone Right For You", "Making Marriage Work", "Divorce: What Went Wrong?", and "Coaching and Psychotherapy".

Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus; John Gray, Ph.D.

In an engaging and easy to read style, Dr. Gray enlightens us on one of the key issues in relationships; the concept of the "other". By using the metaphor of men and women being from different planets and having different languages and world views, he invites us to begin to understand our partners as unique individuals rather than mere extensions of ourselves.

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Getting the Love You Want; A guide for couples; Harville Hendricks, Ph.D.

This is the bible of Imago Therapy and with good reason. The book is full of practical suggestions and techniques such as; mirroring, an active listening and feedback technique that fosters understanding; and list making to develop common goals.

The underlying personality theory is psychodynamic. There is an emphasis on family of origin imprinting, or the creation of an "imago". The imago is an image of the partner which is resistant to change unless we learn to become conscious, or fully aware of the conditioning that holds us in repetitive patterns of perception and reaction.

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Passionate Marriage; David Schnarch, Ph.D.

Dr. Schnarch believes in passionate, romantic love. He believes in it for married couples. He believes in passionate, romantic love for long married couples in their forties, fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond.

He helps couples pursue these goals by combining sexual therapy with marital therapy. This is not conventional  practice. It is commonly held that sexual therapy should not be undertaken until most of the couples significant marital issues have been resolved. Schnarch holds that the two go hand in hand. He feels that  only in the "crucible" of intense engagement can both marital and sexual conflicts be resolved.

He aims to elucidate the processes of differentiation and achieving intimacy. Paradoxically, couples that are too merged or fused cannot be truly intimate. Only by breaking down enmeshment and symbiosis can couples attain the powerful intimacy of fully individuated partners. An interesting technique to highlight these processes is hugging till relaxed. Couples practice this with self observation to get in touch with feelings of self sufficiency and mutuality.

This is an insightful, sensitive and well written book. It is original and while it makes some important theoretical contributions, it is highly practical and readable.

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Adultery : The Forgivable Sin; Bonnie Eaker Weil, Ruth Winter (Contributor), Thomas Fogarty

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Book Description
This book shows us how to overcome the pain of betrayal and heal the rift that adultery causes in a relationship.

In this in-depth guide--available in paperback for the first time--family therapist Bonnie Eaker Weil presents an effective program designed to help couples survive infidelity and build lasting relationships. More than 98 percent of couples treated by Dr. Weil stay together after an affair.

The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts

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Opening to Love 365 Days a Year

Read our review!


Stress Management

Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook; Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay

This is a practical "how to" book filled with advice and exercises. It is widely used by therapists as a teaching aid in stress management treatment. The authors lead the reader through some of the most reliable techniques including progressive relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises and various yoga practices. This will help you begin your stress management program today.

To learn more or to order this book Click Here.


Values, Philosophy, Spirituality

Tuesdays With Morrie; Mitch Albom.

Award winning sportswriter Mitch Albom visits with his former college professor who is terminally ill. In the course of their conversations the student learns a little about dying and a lot about  living. This is a beautifully written book about a wonderful character that makes one reflect on the purpose of life and vow to pursue that purpose with increased focus and resolve. What more could you ask?

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How to Want What You Have; Timothy Miller, Ph.D.

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Care of the Soul; Thomas Moore

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