The best books about self-realization, curiosity, exploration, struggle, magic of success

Ralph Lamson Author Of Emergence in All Seasons
By Ralph Lamson

The Books I Picked & Why

Virtual Therapy: Prevention and Treatment of Psychiatric Conditions by Immersion in Virtual Reality Environments

By Ralph Lamson

Virtual Therapy: Prevention and Treatment of Psychiatric Conditions by Immersion in Virtual Reality Environments

Why this book?

This book is the best classic in its category. Readers follow the first use of virtual reality therapy in healthcare. It captured the attention of Dennis Hancock (1995), a pioneer in the development of virtual reality systems for NASA’s Costar mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, encouraging software engineers to develop affordable virtual reality solutions to real-world problems.

“Choose an application that solves a real problem and execute it well. Witness the work of Dr. Ralph Lamson…who treats vertigo patients with an affordable, effective VR solution. Dr. Kim Bullock, Clinical Professor, and Director, Virtual Reality-Immersive Technology (VR-IT) Clinic & Laboratory, Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Diplomat, Psychiatry, ABPN, supervises psychiatry residents in the required reading of Dr. Lamson’s Virtual Therapy.


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Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control

By Albert Bandura

Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control

Why this book?

Professor Bandura’s early edition of Self-Efficacy Theory was a startling awakening. I found hope and a path forward as each page presented revelations. His thoughts expressed in words were exactly what was needed to excise doubt, confusion, and fear. The book lays a foundation for the discovery of self-knowledge. He is recognized as one of the greatest psychologists of all time. I found myself seated as a research assistant directly across from his office in the psychology department at Stanford University. My frequent visits and inquiries were warmly welcomed. In Self-Efficacy, the exercise of control, Professor Bandura cited my virtual therapy research. He was the first person to review a video of virtual therapy in progress.


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Saint Joan

By Bernard Shaw

Saint Joan

Why this book?

Saint Joan is a story of conflict, variability of toleration, and emergence. It concerns the protest of an individual against anyone preventing her from finding their own way. Joan “Yes, they told me you were fools (speaking to inquisitors). You promised me my life; but you lied…I still hear the wind in the trees, the larks…angel voices floating to me. But without these things I cannot live; and by your wanting to take them away from me, or from any human creature, I know that your counsel is that of the devil, and that mine is of God." Joan is a historical figure who emerges with courage against powers that want to diminish her thinking, beliefs, and way of life.  


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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

By Irving Stone

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

Why this book?

Irving Stone aimed high when telling us the story of Michelangelo. To quote the Los Angeles Examiner “The book is a living, pulsing thing with all the pageantry, the brilliance and the drama of the times.” Emergence in all seasons is not restricted to time, person, psychology, or philosophy. Michelangelo said “Life is to be enjoyed. Life is to be worked. Dawn, Day, Dusk and Night.” Irving “His sculpture, David, had been young, knowing he could conquer everything he set out after; Moses was ripe in years, but with the inner strength to move mountains. He always wanted his figures to represent something important. Michelangelo wanted his marble to emerge with emotion as he had emerged in art, mind, and life.


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The Observing Self: Mysticism and Psychotherapy By Arthur J. Deikman

By Arthur J. Deikman

The Observing Self: Mysticism and Psychotherapy By Arthur J. Deikman

Why this book?

This book lets readers in on a closely held source of power. Medicine established the existence of a brain. Psychiatry and psychology present models of the mind. Religion focuses on spirit. One function of the mind is its capability to observe thinking as it unfolds. Meditation practices have known this for thousands of years. If an action can be modified by observing the intention of the mind, there may be fewer impulsive and destructive acts. There may also be heightened creative acts. Dr. Deikman wrote, "I have written The Observing Self not only for the mental health professional, but also for the general reader interested in a clear understanding of both psychotherapy and mysticism." The Library Journal wrote, "An extremely interesting, thoughtful, and challenging book, highly recommended." 


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