Recommendations

  • Nonviolent Communication
    Esther Perel

    A classic...It's actually a book that doesnt age, but the reason that book spoke to me

     — Source

  • If This Is a Man and The Truce

    If This Is a Man and The Truce

    If This Is a Man and The Truce

    Primo Levi
    Auschwitz (Concentration camp)

    With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a "magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known."

    Esther Perel

    If This Was a Man by Primo Levi is one of the most powerful books one ought to read. It's a unique testament. It's very simple.

     — Source

  • The Erotic Mind

    The Erotic Mind

    The Erotic Mind

    Jack Morin
    Self-Help
    4.21 (608)

    Challenging accepted theories about what makes for terrific sex, The Erotic Mind is a breakthrough exploration of the least understood dimensions of human sexuality—the psychology of desire, arousal, and fulfillment. Nationally known sex therapist Dr. Jack Morin offers a bold new perspective that celebrates the joys of Eros without denying its risks. Based on an in-depth analysis of over 1,000 provocative stories of peak sexual experiences, The Erotic Mind offers clear, accessible guidance on how anyone can utilize his or her own peak encounters and fantasies as powerful tools of self-discovery. The Erotic Mind explains the many paradoxes of erotic life, such as: why we're most excited when we must overcome obstacles; how anxiety, guilt, and anger—generally thought to have a negative impact on sexual arousal—often turn out to be aphrodisiacs; how we use unresolved issues from our early lives to intensify passion; and why the best sex is dynamic and unpredictable, rather than static and safe. These and other insights, combined with concrete suggestions for increasing our enjoyment, overcoming our problems, and revitalizing our relationships, will change forever the way we think about our eroticism.

    Esther Perel

    I reread The Erotic Mind

     — Source

  • The Art of Loving

    The Art of Loving

    The Art of Loving

    Erich Fromm
    Psychology
    4 (60,770)

    The landmark bestseller that changed the way we think about love: “Every line is packed with common sense, compassion, and realism” (Fortune). The Art of Loving is a rich and detailed guide to love—an achievement reached through maturity, practice, concentration, and courage. In the decades since the book’s release, its words and lessons continue to resonate. Erich Fromm, a celebrated psychoanalyst and social psychologist, clearly and sincerely encourages the development of our capacity for and understanding of love in all of its facets. He discusses the familiar yet misunderstood romantic love, the all-encompassing brotherly love, spiritual love, and many more. A challenge to traditional Western notions of love, The Art of Loving is a modern classic about taking care of ourselves through relationships with others by the New York Times–bestselling author of To Have or To Be? and Escape from Freedom. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

    Esther Perel

    I recently reread The Art of Loving by Eric From.

     — Source

  • Sex at Dawn

    Sex at Dawn

    Sex at Dawn

    Cacilda Jetha,Christopher Ryan
    Social Science
    3.97 (27,915)

    Since darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. mainstream science--as well as religious and cultural institutions--has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. but this narrative is collapsing. fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.how can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? it can't be, according to renegade thinkers christopher ryan

    Esther Perel

    you can read Sex at Dawn

     — Source

  • Family Healing
    Esther Perel

    It will change your whole way of understanding relationships,

     — Source

  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    David McDuff,Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fiction
    4.24 (725,526)

    Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of st petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. he imagines himself to be a great man, a napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. but as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. only sonya, a downtrodden sex worker, can offer the

    Esther Perel

    I'll tell you what I reread that I loved, because one of my kids was reading it in school, Crime and Punishment.

     — Source

  • Can Love Last?
    Esther Perel

    Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance Over Time by Stephen Mitchell. Mitchells book was part of the spine of my book

     — Source

  • Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Harold S. Kushner,Isle Lasch,Viktor E. Frankl,William J. Winslade
    Existential psychotherapy
    4.35 (520,549)

    Psychiatrist viktor frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. at the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. man's

    Esther Perel

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

     — Source

  • Liquid Life

    Liquid Life

    Liquid Life

    Zygmunt Bauman
    Social Science
    3.91 (1,274)

    A new book by one of the most original and brilliant social thinkers of our time. Extends and develops some of the key themes in other Bauman titles, namely what it is to live in a time of 'liquid modernity', identity, culture and consumerism.

    Esther Perel

    ...books that really shaped my thinking

     — Source

  • Fighting for Your Marriage
    Esther Perel

    ...that book will help many people personally as well as professionally.

     — Source

  • Breaking the Male Code

    Breaking the Male Code

    Breaking the Male Code

    Robert Garfield
    Family & Relationships
    3.52 (111)

    For much of the past century, men have operated under the rules of 'Male Code', a rigid set of guidelines that equate masculinity with stoicism, silence and strength. But as men's roles have changed, this lingering pressure to hide their emotions has made them more likely to suffer from depression, anger and isolation. Robert Garfield has worked with men struggling with emotional issues for more than 40 years. In Breaking the Male Code, he shows how close friendships can serve as the foundation on which men can build happier, healthier lives.

    Esther Perel

    Theres a beautiful book by Rob Garfield called Questioning the Male Code, which I recommend for many of you.

     — Source

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