Bly, Robert. Addison-Wesley, 1990 (reprint edition, 2004)
This is the classic book that is the bible of the American men’s movement. Written in prose and poetry with clear applications of classical archetypes, this is a story of a boy guided by his spirit-based mentor in their path to initiate the boy in guiding through and heal his culturally created wounds.
Bly, Robert. Harper & Row 1998.
An excellent introduction to Jungian “shadow” work. Shadow is that part of our psyche that is unknown to us. These are the unspoken connections we have to emotion and experiences we don’t know how to measure or recognize because they operate unseen within us. This book gives appropriate and clear vocabulary and insight to our emotional inner workings and it is highly recommended for both men and women.
Goleman, Daniel. Bantam Books, 1995
This bestseller is a true yardstick that relates to and empowers our intellectual and emotional lives. Goleman addresses how EI measures experience. As children and adults in today’s world, too often we learn to “understand” and make the world rational instead of to “feel” and to “accept” and “interpret” life. This book identifies the path to our discovering and developing sensory-based feelings in our lives and developing a personal vocabulary that expresses those feelings.
Fossom, Merle A,, Mason, Marilyn J. N.P. W.W. Norton & Company Ltd. 1989
In its fourth printing, this book was originally written as a college text. It is one of the best sources to deconstruct shame. Amongst technical psychological verbiage that I encourage clients to bypass, are excellent case histories that are analyzed in ways that reveal the true nature and depth of family shame patterns in clear and simple language. Shame, which is institutionalized disrespect, is in our families, our work, and in everyday life. It can be emotionally crippling, and it has to be recognized before it can be addressed.
Hendrix, Harville, and Helen LaKelly Hunt. Henry Holt & Co; Revised and Updated edition (December 26, 2007)
Excellent manual for healing and finding healthy love.
Goldberg, Herb. Iconoclassics; 2009 Revised Edition
Originally written as the male response to feminism’s claim that oppression was for women only, this book was first popular among female readers for their male partners and has endured for 30 years. It speaks to how males in the American culture will not change in any meaningful way until he experiences his underlying rage towards the endless, impossible binds under which he lives, the rigid definition of his role, the endless pressure to be all things to all people, and the guilt-oriented, self-denying way he has traditionally related to women, to his feelings, and to his needs.
Classic “Mens’s Rights” bible. Major expression of anger and defense of men.
Ruiz, Miguel. Amber-Allen, 1997.
Classic in its own time. Excellent direction for simplification and personal power.
Farrell, Warren. Simon & Shuster 1993.
Classic analysis of mistaken cultural assumptions about men and their role in cociety.
Peck, Scott M. Touchstone; Anniversary Edition edition 2003
The classic on finding the path in life that serves both men and women.
Alberti, Robert E., and Michael L. Emmons. Impact Publishers, 9th edition, 2008.
Explanation, illustration and development of the power in assertiveness.