Emotional baggage, bad habits and self-criticism – New Self-Help books in June

We all come we our bundle of negative reflexes and mindsets. But the good thing is we can change those to view the world differently and make better choices for ourselves. Here are some titles to help us on a task that sometimes seems impossible.

Syndetics book coverHow to be here : a guide to creating a life worth living
“Rob Bell believes that each of us has a path, a calling–whether it’s writing a novel, starting a business, joining a band, or simply becoming a volunteer. But many people are afraid to start on that path. Who are we to do that? Bell counters, Why not you? We need to learn to turn off the internal and external critics and leap. The universe is alive to help us. And we can only discover passion and joy after we take off. Interweaving engaging stories; lessons from Biblical figures; science, art, and business; honest personal experience; and practical advice, he offers invaluable insight on how to silence our critics, move from idea to action, take the first step, find joy in the work, persevere through hard times, and surrender the outcome.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverSmarter faster better
“In the international bestseller The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, rigorous reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity. At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key concepts from motivation and goal-setting to focus and decision-making that explain why some people and companies get so much done.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThink big : overcoming obstacles with optimism
“Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have faced some big challenges in their lives. On the way to becoming a preeminent neonatologist and a successful entrepreneur these two have faced prejudice, medical scares, and the uncertainty of life with special needs children. And even though they have dealt with fear, depression, hopelessness, and the urge to give up, they have found a way to persevere. Now they share their wisdom and encouragement for everyone who is facing their own challenges. Drawn from their most popular speaking presentation, Think Big is the inspirational guide for dreaming big, setting goals, and the steps you need to take to get there.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverClearing emotional clutter : mindfulness practices for letting go of what’s blocking your fulfillment and transformation 
“You’ve likely heard about the psychological benefits of clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, but how do you handle your emotional clutter? Shutting away and trying to hide old pains and traumas creates toxic patterns that can keep you from having the life of your dreams. Integrating mindfulness and cutting-edge neuroscience, international mindfulness expert Donald Altman teaches how to modify entrenched habits and patterns with only a few minutes of attention daily.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat pray love made me do it : life journeys inspired by the bestselling memoir 
“True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, bestselling books of our time. In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readers share their stories. The journeys they recount are transformative sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGet smart! : how to think and act like the most successful and highest-paid people in every field 
“In business and in life when things change quickly, you need to tap into your brain in order to make sure that you maximize your opportunities. Tracy lays the groundwork on how to easily reconfigure your negative thinking patterns and habits, and reprogram your brain to achieve its maximum potential. Whether your goal is making more sales, coming up with better business plans, or simply finding ways to make extra money or have more residual income, this book will serve as your personal express elevator going straight to the top!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe self-acceptance project : how to be kind & compassionate toward yourself in any situation : an anthology
“How do we stop from constantly judging ourselves as inadequate, finding fault with our bodies, or being plagued by our inner critics? The Self-Acceptance Project was created to help us find a solution. In this collection of essays, contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity offer insights and teachings for truly embracing who we are no matter what our circumstances. In these 19 offerings, some of today’s most trusted teachers share their most valuable practices and techniques for building confidence, transforming our relationship with our inner critics, and treating ourselves with kindness, compassion, and love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIt didn’t start with you : how inherited family trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle 
“Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains–but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research supports that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe end of average : how we succeed in a world that values sameness
“In The End of Average, Rose, a rising star in the new field of the science of the individual shows that no one is average. This isn’t hollow sloganeering–it’s a mathematical fact with enormous practical consequences. The average-size-fits-all model ignores our differences and fails at recognizing talent. Rose offers a powerful alternative to understanding individuals through averages: the three principles of individuality. The jaggedness principle (talent is always jagged), the context principle (traits are a myth), and the pathways principle (we all walk the road less traveled) help us understand our true uniqueness–and that of others–and how to take full advantage of individuality to gain an edge in life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverStaring at lakes : a memoir of love, melancholy and magical thinking
“Winner of the Irish Book Awards’ National Book Tokens’ Non-Fiction Book of the Year and The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award, a candid memoir of a middle-aged man on the verge of disaster–and how love brings him back from the brink. Michael Harding gives a brutally honest and beautifully written account of his journey through life, and his failed attempts to find meaning which brought about a long period of depression. But this is a love story and Michael comes to realize that all things are sustained by love and this is where real meaning resides.” (Syndetics)