I have been reading mental health books and self-help and novels and mythological books, among others since I was a kid.
One of the gifts my mother gave to me early on was a trip to the library in Mankato, Minnesota where we lived at the time, and she attempted to get me to read Alice in Wonderland.
I did not take to Alice, until the Jefferson Airplane reminded me of her in the 1960's, but I did pick out a book from a series of novels chronicalling the story of a family caught up in the Civil War and I read all of them, and we also had the Reader's Digest condensed versions of novels sent to our house monthly and I read many of them.
I did read some self-help books in college, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill, I believe. Hope I have the authors name correctly.
However, my interest in mental health books did not become really strong until my 30's when I became involved in the addictions field, and my how that field has changed.
Technology has increased the rate of discovery to a dizzying speed, and now Amazon has the Kindle out, which you can use to read e-books.
Well, as far as reading goes, I still like to sit down with the hard cover version and a good cup of coffee for some enjoyment, just like on the front porch of our Mankato home, when I was a kid engrossed the the latest WWII novel.
At any rate, I rank the work of William James and Carl Jung to be the most important mental health books for me, but there are so many others. Check out the link to Abe Books below.
Abe Books-A Great Source of Mental Health Books
In recent years, I have greatly enjoyed the works of Robert Bly and Michael Meade, who wrote Men and the Waters of Life.
Recently, I have read several works and interpretations of brain fitness work, including Brainfit for Life, by Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt, Ph.D. which discusses the very recent discoveries of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity in the human brain.
Oh yeah, that book is an e-book. While you can get a hard cover, you can order it online and have it delivered to your computer online.
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