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Empowering Resources

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

  • For interpersonal challenges, where there are differing or conflicting opinions, emotions run high, and stakes are high, this book offers an incredibly thorough and effective framework for engaging with challenging conversations in 

 

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD

  • So many of our relationship dynamics can be traced back to our relationships with our parents. Even parents who genuinely do their best to be aware of and respond appropriately to their children and their children’s emotions and experience, can still cause some unfortunate coping techniques in their children. We are all living in a world full of traumatic experiences, it is impossible for us to not let these experiences affect our relationships with others. Especially in the parent/caregiver-child relationship, unresolved trauma and chronic stress or pain rolls downhill. This book helps to recognize relationship patterns and where they come from, so that we might heal, set boundaries, and live more grounded and connected lives.

The Heroine's Journey

by Maureen Murdock

  • This book is a wonderfully insightful and helpful tool for everyone, especially women (cis & transgender) and non-binary folx. In a world that has elevated masculine traits at the expense of shaming and demonizing feminine traits, most of us have been taught to ignore our feelings, bodies, and innate wisdom in order to do more, make more money, push harder, and sacrifice our wellbeing, relationships, and meaningful intentions, all in the name of capitalism and "progress." This book is a profound humanistic study of these dynamics, how they affect us, and how we can find balance, wholeness,  and wellbeing within ourself, so that our ripples may in turn support these efforts for the collective. 

Sapies: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

  • This book provides an anthropological and evolutionary lens through which to view humans, social dynamics, and so much more. It considers different cultures, both ancient and modern, to shed light on what is natural and what is not. What is most natural- variance! What is right for one person or group of people is often not right for others. By understanding this we can learn to hold more space, be more compassionate, and cultivate a better world and experience for all of us.

 

Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power

by Carolyn Elliot, PhD

  • This book is great for teaching us how to recognize when we are getting in our own way. We can conscious desire something, but if we have deeply ingrained limiting beliefs or unmet needs that contradict our conscious desires, we’ll naturally self-sabotage. This can happen in our daily lives, in our larger life goals, and in our relationships with others.

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