What are the best psychology and therapy books?

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    #1Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy

    Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy
    Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy is written by Irvin D. Yalom which features the psychiatrist's encounter with his patients. With over 300 pages, this book is published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics in 2000.
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    Vincent Bailey
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book is very interesting and intriguing to read. I love to read psychology books and this book written by Irvin D cant be better than this. I know students of psychology will love this book and get great insight from this author. I highly recommend this book. "
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    #2The Gift of Therapy

    The Gift of Therapy

    The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients is written by Irvin D. Yalom and designed by Nicola Ferguson. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    Denise Alvarado
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "The solution matches the topic perfectly and describes the product well. I'd only ask for a little more information on the product itself and not the writers."
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    #3What'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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    Judith Campbell
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I love self help books and this one doesn't disappoint! I bought it to take on a plane trip and it was so interesting my flight flew right by. It talks about gut instinct and the psychology behind it and is full of all kinds of insight into the connection between intelligence and instinct and how it affects everything we do. I've always thought I had a good gut instinct about things anyway and this book just sort of expanded on that. I think it's a must read for anyone looking for validation of their gut instincts. "
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    #4Emotions Revealed

    Emotions Revealed

    Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life is a nonfiction and psychology book written by Paul Ekman. It was published on March 1, 2004 by Henry Holt and Co.

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    Jeffrey Evans
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "very informative a must read "
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    #5The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    Arthur Johnson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The book on the amazon page is pretty great. Like very popular and well known. However it does not cover the topic very well, or at all. The topic asks for psychology and therapy books and one would assume the solution would be some sort of self help or educational text. However it provided a solution that is just a novel, very irrelevant solution unfortunately."
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    #6Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life

    Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
    If you want to learn how to meditate. This is the only book that you need to take your first steps. It is short and easy to read. A real classic for beginners.
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    Howard Kelley
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Book is full of useless information for psychology and therapy. Its main focus is on meditation, which is nice but has very little to do with psychology and therapy. I ended up mailing this back in for a refund. The book felt like snake oil, the author just likes to manipulate people."
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    #7How to Analyze People

    How to Analyze People

    How to Analyze People: The Ultimate Guide to Human Psychology written by A.C. Drexel features guides on reading and analyzing people's personalities through their behaviors and body language.

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    Angela Xu
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "How to Analyze People is a fantastic book on psychology and therapy. It is easy to read and the text is incredibly motivational!"
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    #8What Every Body is Saying

    What Every Body is Saying

    Written by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins, published on April 15, 2008, by Collins, this nonfiction psychology book explains the art of 'speed-reading' people in order to decode sentiments, interpret behaviors, and body language.

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    Lawrence Davis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was extremely interesting to read and I notice a lot more about the people I encounter everyday. It really goes into body language and how you can interpret it in your everyday life. It does explain some of the psychology behind it but I wouldn't call it a therapy book."
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    #9Prozac 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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    Steven Ramos
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Interesting and well-written autobiography of a difficult time and events. It's a good perspective, from someone who suffered and survived. Enjoyable and deep read."
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    #10Motivation and Personality

    Motivation and Personality

    Motivation and Personality is a book by Abraham Maslow. This book will help us analyze the personality of a person through data and self-actualization. It also incorporates psychotherapy and general psychology.  

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    Scott Berry
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "An excellent read for psychology students and people involved in public relations or marketing. This book uncovers the underlying mechanisms of motivation and the effect of advertising on individuals. "
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    #11Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Daniel Kahneman's international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, is a book that aims to explain the two systems that drive us to thinks. This book that has garnered, multiple other awards, was published on October 25th, 2011 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.



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    Raymond Franklin
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I would say this is a little dense for some, but it is a really cool look at the way we think, albeit maybe a little too in depth for the average reader like me. I gave it 3/5 because I think 512 pages is a little excessive for what could have been said in about half those pages."
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    #12Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism | Now an Award-Winning Motion Picture (Digital Picture Book)

    Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism | Now an Award-Winning Motion Picture (Digital Picture Book)

    Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism is a book by Ron Suskind. Originally published in 2014 by Kingswell, it provides the author's personal narrative that focuses on raising an austitic son.

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    Albert Gardner
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I recently read the book "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism | Now an Award-Winning Motion Picture (Digital Picture Book)", and I really liked it. This book talks about the difficulties of raising an autistic son, giving a straight view of the challenge behind this beautiful, but hard adventure. Very nice one!"
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    #13Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania

    Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania
    Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania is a book about compulsive disorders by Nancy Keuthen and Dan Stein. Published in 2001, it provides the latest medications and treatments for controlling hair-pulling.
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    Ann Zhao
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book was very informative for my research paper. I"
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    #14Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite

    Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite
    Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite is a book by Robert Kurzban. This is a psychological book that explains how our minds explain hypocrisy. It includes the study of impatience, impulsiveness, and other attitudes.


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    Brian Myers
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The book includes all about the medications. "
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    #15Please Understand Me

    Please Understand Me

    Please Understand Me is a book by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates. It helps readers understand the temperaments of other people. With this book as a guide, readers will understand how other people behave and act towards something. 

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    Eric Cook
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this book and feel I understand myself better now. Very informative and a must read for anyone."
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    #16Choosing to Live

    Choosing to Live

    Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy by Thomas E. Ellis is a nonfiction book on psychology and mental health. This book was published in 1996.

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    Jaime Delgado
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I would definitely keep this book on my radar when looking for psych/therapy genre reading material. Published in 1996 it is not too old to be considered out of date. Everyone needs to read something like this during their life in case they know someone going through a rough time."
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    #17The End of Certainty

    The End of Certainty

    Ilya Prigogine's The End of Certainty is a psychological-philosophical book about the concept of time, it's nature and how people came to understand it. The book was published on August 17th, 1997 by Free Press.

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    Martha Valdez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "really good book. wish it had a little less jargon though, it was hard to understand."
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    #18A Primer of Jungian Psychology (Mentor Series)

    A Primer of Jungian Psychology (Mentor Series)

    A Primer of Jungian Psychology (Mentor Series) is a Psychology, History, Science, Philosophy, Non-fiction Reference book written by Calvin S. Hall and Vernon J. Nordby.

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    Jack Sanders
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Great reference book that covers a huge array of topics. This is great for people that mentor in multiple topics."
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    #19Overcoming Dyslexia

    Overcoming Dyslexia

    Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level is written by Sally E. Shaywitz. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Vintage.

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    Joan Parker
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I've struggled with dyslexia all my life and this book really helped me learn some techniques to get through it. Since then, it's gotten at least somewhat easier. "
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    #20Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    This book, regarded as one of the bests in the field of psychology, is an introduction to Carl Gustav Jung's thoughts, in which he examines many crucial areas of analytical psychology, including a provocative yet insightful exploration of the relationship between religion and psychology. 





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    Jordan Bailey
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "While I was not expecting this to be the practical solution, or "go-to" answer, this could not be more of an adequately equipped response. Gustav was very much an "out of the box" thinker in the field of analytical psychology and putting it into practical uses. Many would turn away from this work due to it being an older book with such a developing field such as psychology, but Gustav's work can still be applied to many areas in life, even in our typical society now!"
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    #21The Paperbag Princess (Story Corner)

    The Paperbag Princess (Story Corner)

    The Paperbag Princess is a picture book by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It was first published in 1999 by Scholastic under ISBN-10: 0439010179 and ISBN-13: 978-0439010177. It is a part of the Story Corner series.

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    James Wells
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My daughter loved this book because it was hilarious and interesting. This book is very engaging especially because my girl likes princesses a lot. The only problem with this book is that the illustrations are not clear. "
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    #22The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal

    The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal

    The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal is a non-fiction book written by Andrew T. Austin. It was published November 7, 2007 by Real People Press.

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    Crystal Richardson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I loved this book! It was a behind the scenes look at actual work being done with patients, and the care givers actual feelings. I really felt connected to both sides. So if you are interested in therapy practices or are looking for a connection with others give it a try. But that said, it not a self-help book, or an intro to therapy, or meant to be actual therapy for a person. It's a very specific practice with very specific (and sometimes extreme patients) so read it for the feelings, not for any practical advice."
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    #23Consciousness Explained

    Consciousness Explained

    Daniel C. Dennett's Consciousness Explained is a national bestseller and one of the New York Times Book Review's ten best books of 1991. The psychology book was published on February 7th, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company.

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    Jonathan Sullivan
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book gives a broad vision to you about the world on the basis of scientific facts. They talk about consciousness more scientifically rather than traditional ways of adapting things. It is worth a shot for people who try to find the factual stuff in everything."
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    #24Metaphors We Live By

    Metaphors We Live By
    George Lakoff's now-classic Metaphors to Live By is a book that aims to explain our understanding of metaphor and other aspects of the perception of language. The book was published in 2003 by University Of Chicago Press.
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    Victoria Ávila
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "While this book shaped my perception on views on life, I would not use it for self help therapy. It's more about language and expressing yourself. It's great food for thought but won't solve all your problems."
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    #25You've Got Dragons

    You've Got Dragons

    You've Got Dragons is a picture book written by Kathryn Cave and illustrated by Nick Maland. It was first published in 2003under ISBN-10: 156145284X and ISBN-13: 978-1561452842. You've Got Dragons is suitable for 5-6-year-old kids.

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    Amalia Escobedo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "this is book children's book very fun."
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    #26When I Feel Angry (The Way I Feel Books)

    When I Feel Angry (The Way I Feel Books)

    When I Feel Angry is a picture book written by Nancy Cote and illustrated by Cornelia Maude Spelman. It was first published in 2000 under ISBN: 0807588970 and ISBN13: 9780807588970. It is a part of The Way I Feel series.

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    #27Dyslexia

    Dyslexia
    Dyslexia: Time For Talent: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Children is written by Carolina Frohlich. This book received multiple 5-star ratings from Readers Favorite. Published in 2014 by Frohlich Publishing Ltd.

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    #28The Psychopath Whisperer

    The Psychopath Whisperer
    The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience is a psychological book written by Dr. Kent Kiehl. This research book is about how a psychopath's mind works. 
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    Elizabeth Barnett
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The Psychopath Whisperer is one of my favorite books. I had been looking for a nice read about how the criminal mind works. Something about this interests me, maybe my morbid curiosity, but this book really dives into the mind of a psycho and how their minds work and function. It was very hard to put the book down, but so many of the things in it gave me chills and was frightening!"
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    #29The Kissing Hand

    The Kissing Hand
    The Kissing Hand is a picture book written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper, and Nancy M. Leak. It was first published in 1993 by Tanglewood. It is the first book in the Chester the Racoon book series.
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    Harry Long
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is very interesting, and a good read about psychology. It is a picture book, and has some really good photographs included."
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    #30Hands Are Not for Hitting

    Hands Are Not for Hitting

    Hands Are Not for Hitting is a picture book written by Martine Agassi and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen. It was first published in 2000 by Free Spirit Pub and is a part of the Best Behavior Series.

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    Catherine Garrett
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is perfect for a child. It teaches them to respect other people and teaches them not to hurt other people but I would not say it is one of the best books about therapy and psychology."
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    #31The Way I Feel

    The Way I Feel
    The Way I Feel is a picture book by Janan Cain. It was first published in 2000 by Parenting Press and reprinted in  2001 by Scholastic Inc. under ISBN-10: 0439321166 and ISBN-13: 978-0439321167.
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    Raymond Mendoza
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A basic guide to emotions for a younger audience. Useful for a learning child, in how to deal with and process emotions, but nothing here for an older audience looking for explanations. This is a good read for children who are still developing, but nothing here is useful for anyone who has experience with dealing with emotions."
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    #32Psychopath Free

    Psychopath Free

    Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People is a recovery handbook from psychopaths written by Jackson MacKenzie published in 2013. 

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    Harini Gupta
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This book is a must read for those of us who have suffered at the hands of one of these types. I grew up with a narcissist as a father and this book absolutely spoke to me. I think that most people have had some experience with a psychopath in some capacity so I highly recommend reading this. It will change your outlook completely."
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    #33Bailey Beats the Blah

    Bailey Beats the Blah

    Bailey Beats the Blah is a picture book written by Karen Tyrrell and illustrated by Aaron Pocock. It was first published in 2013 by Digital Future Press under ISBN-10: 098727404X and ISBN-13: 978-0987274045.

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    Teresa Douglas
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Story is all over. Seems more confusing by the format."
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    #34Paperboy

    Paperboy

    Paperboy is a young adult novel written by Vince Vawter. Originally published in 2013 by Delacorte Press, it won the Newbery Medal Honor Book in 2014. It focuses on the author's experiences of having a speech impediment.

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    Araceli Olvera
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I thought that this book was beautifully written and I could tell that the author was writing from his heart. It is a great coming of age story and would be ideal for someone over the age of 11 to read. There is a lot of life lessons in this book. "
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    #35Music Therapy Research

    Music Therapy Research

    Music Therapy Research, written by Barbara L. Wheeler, is a comprehensive research on music therapy which aims to be a reference for researchers. First published in 1995, this book is published in 2005 by Barcelona Publishers.

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    Terry Morris
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Music Therapy Research is a good solution for best psychology and therapy book, because Music Therapy Research, written by Barbara L. Wheeler, is a comprehensive research on music therapy which aims to be a reference for researchers. First published in 1995, this book is published in 2005 by Barcelona Publishers."
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    #36Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy

    Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy
    Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination is a non-fiction science neurology book written by Robert Jourdain. With over 400 pages, this book is published by William Morrow Paperbacks.
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    Rose Reid
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I originally borrowed this book from my uncle because when I saw the cover on his dining room table I that it was about music, the brain the DRUG ecstasy. I thought "oh, this might be a fun read." Well, there's no drugs in this book. It's very informative, but I didn't finish reading it because I thought it was going to be something that it's not. But if you're looking for a good book on how music affects the psyche, I think you'd thoroughly enjoy it."
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    #37Case Studies in Music Therapy

    Case Studies in Music Therapy

    Case Studies in Music Therapy is a compilation of 42 case stories describing the music therapy process. This is written by Kenneth E. Bruscia. With over 600 pages, this book is published by Barcelona Publishers.

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    Adam Rogers
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Case Studies in Music Therapy is top notch research and review of music therapy. This book is quite comprehensive and gives you all that you want to know about the studies and execution of music therapy. Great academic research and case work."
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    #38The Portable Jung (Portable Library)

    The Portable Jung (Portable Library)

    The Portable Jung (Portable Library) is a Psychology, Classics, Philosophy Non-fiction book written by C.G. Jung, edited by Joseph Campbell and translated by R.F.C. Hull.

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    Barbara Williamson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Having completed a psychology major in college, basically just for fun since I don't practice in the field, I am always looking for great psychology and therapy books. The portable Jung written by C.G. Jung is amazing and a must read for anyone in or at least interested in the psychology field. I could not put it down once I started, I even got my husband hooked. It led to many interesting dinner conversations for sure!"

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Best What are the best psychology and therapy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Love's Executioner & Other Tales of PsychotherapyBooks 20 Paid
2The Gift of TherapyBooks 16 Paid
3What's Behind Your Belly Button?Books 15 Paid
4Emotions RevealedBooks 13 Paid
5The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 10 Paid
6Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday lifeBooks 9 Paid
7How to Analyze PeopleBooks 6 Paid
8What Every Body is SayingBooks 3 Paid
9Prozac NationBooks 1 Paid
10Motivation and PersonalityBooks 0 Paid
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