Influences and reading list
Below are professional influences / literature that inform and inspire my work.
Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klien, Carl Rogers, Donald Winnicott, Dan Siegel, Antonio Damasio, Eugene Gendelin, Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Haidt, Babette Rothschild, Jonathan Izard, Julia Samuel, Dan Millman.
Desiderata - Max Ehrmann - A one-page meditation on life which for me brings the hopeful parts more clearly into view.
The Road Less Travelled - M. Scott Peck - The book that kickstarted and confirmed my passion for self-development when I read it in 1997, and again in 2011.
Grief Works - Julia Samuel - Accessible insights from a career bereavement counsellor on how grief can be healthily managed. Moving stories explain how to stop feeling awkward and uncertain about death and loss and instead to live and learn from them.
The Art of Living - Epictetus (translated by Sharon Lebell) - Suggestions for a life well lived from one of the earliest and most influential stoic philosophers.
On Becoming a Person - Carl Rogers - Rogers helped to revolutionise therapy with his "client-centred approach'. Arguably updating the early psychoanalytic 'I'm the expert and know what's best for you' model to the 'You're the expert on you and I can help you work out what’s best for you' model.
The Body Keeps The Score - Bessel Van Der Kolk - Expert insights on how trauma affects our brains and bodies. Introducing creative ways to treat and heal the symptoms by learning to befriend and express what's going on inside ourselves.
Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman - An exploration on two opposing systems of evaluation we use to often make seemingly irrational decisions despite the information available.
The Denial of Death - Ernest Becker - Brilliant synthesis of psychology, philosophy, religion and science to address the fundamental fact of living as our refusal to acknowledge our own mortality.
Lost Connections - Johan Hari - An incisive analysis of the depression anxiety and alienation that are haunting modern society along with a contemporary set of solutions.
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates - An open letter to Coates 13-year-old son; part memoir, part political commentary. An unflinching reflection on both his life and the state of race-relations in the US and beyond.
Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts - Part biography, part travel journal, part moral compass. A reflective and intimately told story of adventure, love, hate and the choices people make.
The Dark Film - Paul Farley - A collection of poems from a Liverpudlian with an award winning grasp of language and metaphoric storytelling. 'The Power' and 'Adults' are highlights for me.