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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?
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The Art of Gathering
How We Meet and Why It Matters
Priya Parker - Apr 14, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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"Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!" --Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED From the host of the New York Times podcast Together Apart, an exciting new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together--at home, at work, in our communities, and beyond.In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the ga...
Esther Perel
May 23, 2018
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
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Taking Sexy Back
How to Own Your Sexuality and Create the Relationships You Want
Alexandra H. Solomon - Feb 02, 2020
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It is time for a new sexual revolution. It’s time to take sexy back.As women, we’re expected to be sexy, but not sexual. We’re bombarded with conflicting, shame-inducing, and disempowering messages about sex, instead of being encouraged to connect with our true sexual selves. Sexy gets reduced to a performance, leaving us with little to no space to...
Esther Perel
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
The Art of Loving
Erich Fromm - Aug 06, 2019 (first published in 1956)
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The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for loveMost people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every ar...
Esther Perel
I recently reread.      source
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Love Rules
How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World
Joanna Coles - Apr 10, 2018
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"For those looking for a smart, no-bullshit, effective guide to finding love, look no further."Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity"While Im not sure what Carrie Bradshaw would have made of todays new world of dating, I do know this: armed with Love Rules, she would have figured it all out in one season."Sarah Jessica ParkerSHERYL SANDBERG E...
Esther Perel
For those looking for a smart, no-bullshit, effective guide to finding love, look no further.      source
How to Fix a Broken Heart
Dr Guy Winch - Feb 13, 2018
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Imagine if we treated broken hearts with the same respect and concern we have for broken arms? Psychologist Guy Winch urges us to rethink the way we deal with emotional pain, offering warm, wise, and witty advice for the broken-hearted.Real heartbreak is unmistakable. We think of nothing else. We feel nothing else. We care about nothing else. Yet w...
Esther Perel
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
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Jan 24, 2017 (first published in 1866)
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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 investi...
Esther Perel
You can reread the Russians. They are timeless.      source
Breaking the Male Code
Unlocking the Power of Friendship
Robert Garfield - Apr 26, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Calling for a new men’s movement, a noted psychotherapist examines the critical role close male friendships play in helping men lead happy, healthy lives.   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 cha...
Esther Perel
I recommend for many of you.      source
Nonviolent Communication
A Language of Life
Marshall B. Rosenberg - Sep 01, 2015 (first published in 1999)
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The latest edition of the communication guide that has sold more than 1,000,000 copies   An enlightening look at how peaceful communication can create compassionate connections with family, friends, and other acquaintances, this international bestseller uses stories, examples, and sample dialogues to provide solutions to communication problems both...
Esther Perel
I think that this book is a classic for anyone who is thinking relationships.      source
Rekindling Desire
Barry McCarthy - Feb 06, 2014 (first published in 2003)
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For over a decade Rekindling Desire has helped to restore and restructure sexuality in thousands of lives. This expanded edition continues the exploration of inhibited sexual desire and no-sex relationships by respected therapist Barry McCarthy, who brings decades of knowledge and the expertise that comes from having treated almost 3,000 couples fo...
Esther Perel
Barry Mc Carthy has that wonderful way of reaching us all with his inclusive, non-pathologizing model of diverse sexual styles. Be you 30 or 80 (and anything in between), you'll find Rekindling Desire accessible, user-friendly and oh, so wise. It is one of my go to books on sexuality, consider it yours.      source
You Can Be Right
Looking for Love in the Age of Divorce
Dana Adam Shapiro - Sep 17, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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A collection of candid and illuminating break-up stories resulting from three years of interviews by an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker—“a wonderful and important piece of thinking and reporting” (Elizabeth Gilbert). It all began as a self-help journey in the purest sense. A serial monogamist for more than two decades, Shapiro wanted to know ...
Esther Perel
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
The New Monogamy
Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity
Tammy Nelson - Jan 02, 2013
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Everyone has their own concept of what "monogamy" means--and most people assume their partners and spouses are on the same page. Couples may assume that they are monogamous, but never discuss exactly what the monogamy agreement means to them. What happens when this implicit agreement is broken? After infidelity, relationships can become strained as...
Esther Perel
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
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