The best personal development books 📚

Browse the best books on personal development as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work

The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work

By Terrence Real

Why this book?

I picked up this book about 12 years ago. Being a psychotherapist I love, love learning. I love attending workshops (pre-covid) and learning new ways of thinking. New ways of looking at issues. New ways to look at how we get stuck in our relationships and life. Reading this book gave me tools that have transformed my therapy practice and how I work with couples. How I interact with my husband, my sons, and my close friends. It helped me by giving me insight into who I want to be in a relationship and it gave me self-worth as well.…

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The best books for creating inner and outer change in your life area

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Book cover of Connecting with Self and Others

Connecting with Self and Others

By Sherod Miller, Daniel Wackman, Elam Nunnally, Phyllis Miller

Why this book?

Do you know what mental stories you bring to the table that influence a situation with others? Are you arguing to win or to collaboratively solve? Connecting: With Self and Others is a textbook that teaches readers about themselves and how to interact with others. The awareness creates the space and tips for readers to take stock in who they are and how to communicate effectively. The narratives of transformation offer opportunities to experience the world in new contexts. This can be a challenge if we are not conscious of who we are and how to best navigate the tug…

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The best personal development books to master our intentions

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Book cover of Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation

Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation

By Edward L. Deci, Richard Flaste

Why this book?

Understanding ourselves starts with understanding our motivations and shifting our thoughts toward internal empowerment. Why We Do What We Do offers an exploration into acting with autonomy and understanding how to manage ourselves consciously. Our internal empowerment is achieved through reframing success where the focus is placed on creating space for outcomes, balancing motivation through experience, and managing the pressures of the external environment. I am a firm believer that you can build a plan, but your path is your path. Allowance for the personal freedom to explore your path given autonomy and competence is core to motivation. This book…

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The best personal development books to master our intentions

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Book cover of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams

By Deborah Ford

Why this book?

I picked this book up because I wanted to understand the concept of the Jungian Shadow more fully. Not only do I understand now how pivotal to wellbeing it is to work with my own and other people’s shadow but I found out how to do this work using simple yet powerful exercises. This book helped me reconcile with the parts of myself that I had been shoving away into darkness and to find acceptance and healing within myself. Working with the shadow is essential not just for artists who want to create more authentically but for anyone who doesn’t…

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The best books for personal growth

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Book cover of Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for the Inward Journey

Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for the Inward Journey

By Mary K. Greer

Why this book?

This was the first book that ever taught people not only how to read for themselves, but also how to use the cards to attain personal insight. It will teach you how to develop a deep relationship with the cards, and it shows you how to use the cards for greater self-knowledge. Every book on this subject since has Mary K. Greer to thank. When I first came across it, it changed the way I read forever. And it gave me new tools to use the cards for my own.

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The best books on tarot for personal growth and spiritual development

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Book cover of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

By Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer

Why this book?

Canfield’s book is a classic for identifying and overcoming the mindset that keeps many people stuck in life. It gives important insights into how we shape our lives and encourages people to take accountability for the life they are creating. It also uses excellent examples to learn from and provides practical strategies that anyone can apply. It has been an inspiration for me in my own life and career. 

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