Older and Still Popular: Self Help and Psychology Books

April 12, 2021 | Bill V.

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There are 100 libraries in Toronto and each branch has it's own character, collection and community. But across all libraries, among the most popular subjects are psychology and self help books (Dewey call number 150-159). Some older books have withstood the test of time being borrowed over and over, and in a way, handed from one reader to another. They've also survived physically with many wearing their scars proudly. 

Below are some of our highest circulating, well loved and well used, self help and psychology titles from across Toronto. 

Hold Me Tight Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

"In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship -- from "Recognizing the Demon Dialogue" to "Revisiting a Rocky Moment" -- and uses them as touch points for seven healing conversations."

Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet, " it is to introverts we owe many of the great contributions to society ... Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so."

The Power of Habit Why We Do What We do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business

"Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step "loop" all habits form in our brains--cue, routine, reward--we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives."

Man's Search for Meaning An Introduction to Logotherapy

Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy

""An enduring work of survival literature," according to the New York Times, Viktor Frankl's riveting account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of the worst adversity, has offered solace and guidance to generations of readers since it was first published in 1946. At the heart of Frankl's theory of logotherapy (from the Greek word for "meaning") is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what the individual finds meaningful."

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

"Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioral research, Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well. These factors, which include self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy, add up to a different way of being smart--and they aren't fixed at birth. Although shaped by childhood experiences, emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened throughout our adulthood."

Influence  the psychology of persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

"In this highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini--the seminal expert in the field of influence and persuasion--explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these principles ethically in business and everyday situations. You'll learn the six universal principles of influence and how to use them to become a skilled persuader--and, just as importantly, how to defend yourself against dishonest influence attempts."

Coming Home to Myself Reflections for Nurturing a Woman's Body and Soul

Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nurturing a Woman's Body and Soul

"Connect with your feminine essence and get in touch with your innate power and worth with this book of poetic daily meditations and inspiring art....In her previous works, such as Addiction to Perfection, Marion Woodman offered spiritual sustenance and feminine wisdom to her many readers. Now Woodman and her collaborator Jill Mellick have distilled her words into prose poems, adding a new layer of inspiration for your every day."

Dale Carnegie's lifetime plan for success

Dale Carnegie's Lifetime Plan for Success

"Dale Carnegie’s motivational and practical teachings are as sound today as when they were first written. Bestsellers for more than 60 years, How to Win Friends & Influence People and How to Stop Worrying & Start Living, have taught millions how to achieve the pinnacle of personal and professional success."

Stumbling on happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

"Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there."

Creative Habit  Learn It and Use It for Life.

Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

"Twyla Tharp, one of the world's leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin' Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents--at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist's Way and Bird by Bird. All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit."

The Power of Full Engagement Managing Energy  Not Time  Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

"Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz demonstrate in this groundbreaking book, managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. The Power of Full Engagement is a highly practical, scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully both on and off the job by laying out the key."

This Year I Will How to Finally Change a Habit  Keep a Resolution  Or Make a Dream Come True

This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, Or Make a Dream Come True

"Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. Ryan helps listeners lock on to their unique formula for planning, implementing, and seeing a life change through."

Wherever You Go  There You Are Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

"This book presents meditation as a natural activity that can be practiced anytime and anywhere, without props or trappings." 


Do you have a book that's moved you or helped you? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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