Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist and the New York Times bestselling author of The State of Affairs and Mating in Captivity. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and she is also the host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin?
21 books on the list
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Discover the secrets to creating meaningful and memorable gatherings with The Art of Gathering. Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered events, the author takes us inside a wide array of gatherings, from conferences to dinner parties, to show what works and what doesn't. With simple, specific changes, you can transform lackluster events into unique and invigorating experiences. Whether for work or play, this human-centered approach will forever alter the way you view and host gatherings.
At a time when we need to come together more than ever, @priyaparker has written a powerful tool for connection. The Art of Gathering is a great book. Learn more: – source
Recommended byAnita Zielina
Take control of your sexual identity with "Taking Sexy Back". This groundbreaking guide by relationship expert Alexandra Solomon sheds light on the shame-inducing messages women face about sex and empowers readers to connect with their true sexual selves. Learn to cultivate authentic intimate connections, deepen your self-awareness, communicate your desires, and embrace your evolving sexuality as an essential part of your life. It's time to take back your sexy and discover a new sexual revolution.
Taking Sexy Back is going directly on my top list of recommended sexuality readings. Not only did I learn a lot, but I also enjoyed the ease, directness, and warmth with which Solomon guides us to deeper sexual and relational self-awareness. An invitation we can’t refuse! – source
This classic work by a renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher explores the different aspects of love - from romantic love to the love of God and the love of parents for their children. The fiftieth anniversary edition of this international bestseller shows readers how to develop their hidden capacities for love by practicing and concentrating on the important ingredients of love: maturity, self-knowledge, and courage.
I recently reread. – source
Recommended byBrian Earp
"Love Rules" by Joanna Coles is a practical and insightful guide for anyone looking to find love in the modern digital age. Filled with simple guidelines and 15 love "hacks," Coles helps readers reassess their approach to relationships, navigate dating apps effectively, and avoid the pitfalls of junk love. Whether you're looking for intimacy and trust, or simply trying to find the right connection, "Love Rules" will help you identify what you want, when to pursue it, and how to find it.
For those looking for a smart, no-bullshit, effective guide to finding love, look no further. – source
Discover how to treat emotional pain caused by heartbreak with the same respect as physical pain with psychologist Guy Winch's expert advice. In "How to Fix a Broken Heart," Winch discusses the impact of heartbreak on our brain and behavior, and how we can begin to heal from even the most severe cases of romantic heartbreak or loss of a beloved pet. This compelling read will equip readers with a toolkit on how to handle and cope with heartbreak, and how to eventually move on.
Well-researched and deeply practical, How to Fix A Broken Heart provides the validation, comfort, and hope anyone who is heartbroken desperately needs. Weaving compelling case studies from his private practice with surprising scientific findings, Winch illustrates how little we actually know about this universal experience and why our misconceptions will set us back and delay our recovery. This compassionate and eye-opening book is a must read for anyone mourning a lost love or a cherished pet, and a compelling argument for recognizing these poorly acknowledged forms of grief. – source
Explore the topic of breaking free from the rigid rules of masculinity with this powerful book. A psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience helps men identify inner conflicts, express emotions, and communicate openly. Through real-life stories and original research, discover how close friendships can serve as the foundation for healthy relationships and a happier life. Let go of the Male Code and embrace a new definition of masculinity that values emotional intimacy and close relationships.
I recommend for many of you. – source
"The New Monogamy" explores the topic of infidelity and how couples can redefine their expectations and rebuild trust after an affair. Tammy Nelson offers a new approach to monogamy that involves creating an explicit relationship agreement that allows for complete honesty and open communication. Through questionnaires, checklists, and candid questions, couples can make a fresh start and address any erotic problems that may arise. This book offers the chance for couples to regain trust, romance, and intimacy after infidelity.
At a time when life can feel so murky and chaotic, along comes Tammy Nelson with this guidebook…. The New Monogamy is as crisp and clear as it is hopeful and realistic. A book to open again and again. – source
"Discover the truth about modern love and breakups in this revealing collection of candid stories from divorcees, curated by an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. With personal anecdotes and practical advice, this treasure trove of marital wisdom is a must-read for anyone hoping to beat the odds and make their relationship last."
As a couples therapist, I witness daily the unraveling of adult intimacies. Dana Adam Shapiro's gripping testimonies of demise and divorce are written with vividness and aplomb—I felt as if he were eavesdropping in my office. A grand reportage of marriage and its discontents. – source
"Marriage Confidential" offers insight into modern coupledom with a witty and thought-provoking analysis. The author explores the idea of the semi-happy couple with a captivating style that's sure to inspire readers to question their own marital complacency. With comparisons to authors like Naomi Wolf and Susan Faludi, this book offers a persuasive and sympathetic look at the state of marriage today, answering the age-old question: "Is this all there is?"
In this timely and thought-provoking analysis of modern coupledom, Pamela Haag paints a vivid tableau of the ‘semi-happy’ couple. Written with wit and aplomb, this page turner will instigate an insurrection against our marital complacency. – source
This book explores the topic of how couples can sync up on the powerful but often overlooked dimension of time in order to improve their relationships. Differences in daily rhythms, personal pace, punctuality, time perspective, and priorities can all lead to conflict, but understanding these differences can also save a failing relationship. The author draws on his original research to offer practical methods for strengthening connections and balancing individuality and togetherness.
Peter Fraenkel puts forth some of the most pertinent and useful ideas about the time famine that afflicts couples today. You must take the time, read this timely book and find out how you can redeem your relationship from the time crunch. Peter Fraenkel is an inspiring writer and an inspired therapist. You are sure to enjoy your time with him. – source
The Return of Desire by Gina Ogden
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Liquid Life by Zygmunt Bauman
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Can Love Last? by Stephen A. Mitchell
Rekindling Desire by Barry McCarthy
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard J. Markman
The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin
If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi
Family Healing by unknown author