What are the best books with psychological themes?

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    #1The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Bryan Freeman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Bell Jar gives a glimpse into the world of mental illness. Sylvia Plath takes us on a journey of a woman's descent into depression. I believe that Esther Greenwood is actually Sylvia Plath's alter ego. This was book was brilliantly written and I would highly recommend this book to others."
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    #2The Night Child

    The Night Child
    The Night Child is an adult fiction novel written by Anna Quinn which follows English high school teacher Nora Brown after she sees a girl's face in her classroom following her dismissal of her students. 

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    Wayne Walters
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Night Child: A Novel is a really amazing book for fans of psychologically themed stories. It tells the story of Nora Brown after she sees a mysterious face floating around, which absolutely terrified her, and the aftermath of the events. You will not be able to put this book down until you are finished with it!"
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    #3Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Randy Pearson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I got the book because I loved the Netflix show. It was incredibly well done and the book is no different. I really enjoyed reading the story and the extra narrative. Incredibly moving story and has you hooked from the very beginning."
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    #4Conscious Creativity

    Conscious Creativity

    Conscious Creativity; Mindfulness Meditations is a non-fiction self-help book written by Natasa Nuit Pantovic. It is first published in 2017 by Artof4Elements. 


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    Divya Rangarajan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "One of the best ways to start your self-help journey is by developing a passion, and delving into creativity is a great way to do that. This book stresses the importance of left and right brain thinkers and how to find a balance between the two, which is a great way to enter a creative flow. I found the information in this book to be really helpful!"
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    #5Mindful Being

    Mindful Being

    Mindful Being is the fourth in the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training series written by Nataša Nuit Pantović. This nonfiction self-help book is designed to guide readers about spiritual transformation.


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    Judy Webb
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a great series to help you learn to be more mindful in your own life. If you've heard about mindfulness but just aren't certain exactly what the term means, then pick up this book and check it out! It can literally be life changing if you take it to heart and apply the concepts. This book is a self help book, not a fiction book, and it gives you guidance to follow. I recommend taking its suggestions!"
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    #6A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love is a historical fiction book written by Natasa Nuit Pantovic. It was first published in 2016 by Artof4Elements. This spiritual book is set in the 17th century. 


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    Gloria Johnston
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love books with psychological themes and picked up A-Ma: Alchemy of Love to read. It was very interesting, but seemed to be more of a historical romance. I enjoyed following Amas life and made me think about a lot of my beliefs. It was a good read, just not exactly what I had been looking for. "
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    An anorexic Lia Overbrook harms herself after finding out that her best friend Cassie died of bulimia. She blames herself for not being with Cassie during the time she needed her the most and the idea to live becomes even more difficult for her.


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    Danielle Wallace
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is story of holding on to hope when all else seems lost. I love stories like this, although I find it somewhat depressing, but I love the emotion of once someone overcomes their internal battle. This story is about a girl with bulimia carrying on after her friend died of bulimia. I first noticed it by the cover, it is a very engaging rendition of a girl's face, which I assume is Cassie, the main character."
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    #8A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 


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    Keith Henderson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "My mother and I picked this up as a really insightful book about a child and mother's relationship. This really gave us a good conversation and discussion elements into psychological damage being a young kid."
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    Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.


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    Matthew Boyd
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Speak is a novel that has a great psychological theme that focuses on post traumatic stress in young adults."
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    #10The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Benjamin Adams
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a great book for something with a psychological theme, it is actually a poster boy for it! Reading this opened up my eyes to a lot of things that dealt with psychological human emotions. "
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    #11Running with Scissors

    Running with Scissors

    Running With Scissors is a New York Times bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs, originally published in 2002. In 2006, a film adaptation of the book came out, directed by Ryan Murphy.


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    Carl Alexander
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I was looking for the best books with psychological themes and came across this one. I'm so glad that I did, because it's SO good!"
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    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 


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    Eric Silva
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I was recommended this book by a friend of mine who knows I love dark psychological books and while I was skeptical I figured why not and picked it up. I was glad I did because wow I really got into it. I didn't expect it to be as heavy as it was. It really draws you in and holds you captive."
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    #13Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.


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    Frank Armstrong
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Girl, Interrupted is the best books with psychological themes it is interesting and enjoyable "
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    #14Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation is an autobiography written by Elizabeth Wurtzel wherein she tells her journey from suffering depression, suicide attempts, drug therapy and getting back to living. 


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    Mary Martinez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "It was an okay book. If you enjoy movies like Girl, Interrupted, this book is definitely for you. Its theme of mental illness and drugs can be entertaining here and there. "
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    #15What's Behind Your Belly Button?

    What's Behind Your Belly Button?
    What's Behind Your Belly Button? is a book that tells about the psychology behind gut instinct and how it has a psychological intelligence of its own. The book was published on November 8th, 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.

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    Arjun Tambe
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Very interesting and informative book about instinct. Trusting one's gut has a deep rooted psychological purpose, and this book does a great job of explaining it in such a way that the average Joe can understand."


Best What are the best books with psychological themes
1The Bell JarBooks 30 Paid
2The Night ChildBooks 27 Paid
3Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 27 Paid
4Conscious CreativityBooks 24 Paid
5Mindful BeingBooks 19 Paid
6A-Ma Alchemy of LoveBooks 17 Paid
7WintergirlsBooks 13 Paid
8A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)Books 12 Paid
9SpeakBooks 10 Paid
10The Catcher in the RyeBooks 9 Paid

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