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We've added exciting new self help book titles to The Guide for November 2011.

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New Self Help Book Listings in Social Anxiety Disorder

The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Building Social ConfidenceThe Compassionate-Mind Guide to Building Social Confidence: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Shyness and Social Anxiety
Lynne Henderson and Paul Gilbert

Shyness is a universal human emotion, a blend of fear and interest, and is associated with many positive personality traits: a considerate nature, thoughtfulness, and the ability to be a good listener, among others. However, withdrawing from people has negative consequences also, and if you're very shy, you’ve probably experienced some of them: loneliness, depression, and self-blaming thoughts. The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Building Social Confidence offers a compassionate, supportive program to help you move beyond social anxiety and the self-critical thoughts that propel it. 2011, New Harbinger Publications


Living Fully with Shyness and Social AnxietyLiving Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety: A Comprehensive Guide to Gaining Social Confidence
Erika B. Hilliard

Anxiety disorders affect more than 19 million people in the U.S. In Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety Hilliard offers a complete guide to living fully and confidently with such conditions. In warm, reassuring language, she provides effective guidance on how to calm your body, blushing, eye contact, body language, medications, heart racing, goal setting, shy bladder syndrome, cultivating positive thoughts, and ways to prepare for stressful social situations in everyday life. 2005, Da Capo Press

New Self Help Book Listings in Intimate Relationships: Relationship Advice

Coming Home to PassionComing Home to Passion: Restoring Loving Sexuality in Couples with Histories of Childhood Trauma and Neglect
Ruth Cohn

Coming Home to Passion is an invaluable tool for couples searching for a roadmap out of the familiar but lonely patterns afflicting many pairings of adult children of trauma with adult children of neglect. Drawing on two decades of work as a psychotherapist in the field of trauma, the author stands out as a sharp and careful observer of the heartbreaking relationship patterns of such long-suffering couples. Ms. Cohn's confident humanity and clarity offer an unblinking beacon of hope. 2011, Praeger


Enduring DesireEnduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy
Michael E. Metz and Barry W. McCarthy

In Enduring Desire Metz and McCarthy provide real-life stories and helpful individual and couple exercises that help readers to reach for realistic and high quality sexual satisfaction as a couple. The authors encourage couples to set positive and realistic sexual expectations without trying to live up to some imagined standard from the movies. Their message is down-to-earth and full of encouragement for all couples of any age.
Winner of the 2011 AASECT Book Award! 2010, Routledge


Love in the Time of ColicLove in the Time of Colic: The New Parents' Guide to Getting It On Again
Ian Kerner and Heidi Raykeil

Sex. After. Baby. How do new parents, exhausted with sleepless nights, find the time and energy to continue the warm sexual relationship they enjoyed before becoming parents? Many couples struggle to find ways to even talk about the problem. In Love in the Time of Colic, authors Kerner and Raykeil show the way. Their premise: that sex matters . . . a lot. It's the glue that holds couples together and keeps lovers from becoming simply roommates or co-parents. Funny and frank, Love in the Time of Colic will help parents take the charge out of this once-taboo subject, and put it back where it belongs—in the bedroom. 2009, Harper


Slow SexSlow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm
Nicole Daedone

This life-changing guide teaches both men and women how to use the practice of Orgasmic Meditation to slow down, connect emotionally, and allow authentic female sexual satisfaction to occur. The book asserts that, with practice, every woman can become truly orgasmic. Slow Sex encourages the enjoyment of daily intimacy, and asserts that paying attention is the foundation of pleasure. 2011, Grand Central Life & Style


SpousonomicsSpousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes
Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson

During pre-crash 2008, Szuchman and Anderson came up with a novel idea: write a book about marriage, using economic principles to resolve common conflicts. Lesson One: overconfidence contributes not just to booms and busts in the wider economy, but booms and busts in marriage, too. Lesson Two: sex often comes down to a simple question of supply and demand -- a smart incentive can get your spouse to do almost anything you want (almost). Another insight from behavioral economics: due to the principle of “loss aversion” we will do almost anything to keep from losing, which is why two-thirds of married couples keep fighting even when they know it’s “a losing battle.” This interesting take on married life is filled with useful wisdom. 2011, Random House


Undefended LoveUndefended Love
Jett Psaris and Marlena S. Lyons

The path to true intimacy is a difficult one. In this self help book, two psychotherapists teach that everyone has the capacity to love without defenses or qualifications and to know themselves so deeply that real intimacy becomes a lifelong expression of their deepest nature. Problems and conflicts that inevitably arise in relationships can become opportunities for a deeper connection. Through illuminating case studies, guided self-inquiries, and challenging exercises, readers learn to engage in a deeper dialogue with their partners, express profound aspects of their nature, and discover that undefended loving can bolster inner strengths they never knew they had. 2000, New Harbinger Publications

New Self Help Book Listings in Parenting: Birth to Twelve Months

Love in the Time of ColicLove in the Time of Colic: The New Parents' Guide to Getting It On Again
Ian Kerner and Heidi Raykeil

Sex. After. Baby. How do new parents, exhausted with sleepless nights, find the time and energy to continue the warm sexual relationship they enjoyed before becoming parents? Many couples struggle to find ways to even talk about the problem. In Love in the Time of Colic, authors Kerner and Raykeil show the way. Their premise: that sex matters . . . a lot. It's the glue that holds couples together and keeps lovers from becoming simply roommates or co-parents. Funny and frank, Love in the Time of Colic will help parents take the charge out of this once-taboo subject, and put it back where it belongs—in the bedroom. 2009, Harper

New Self Help Book Listings in Men's Sexual Health

Men and SexMen and Sex: New Psychological Perspectives
Ronald F. Levant and Gary R. Brooks, eds.

In this rapidly changing world, men are sometimes confused between traditional masculine roles and current expectations. The authors explore the topic by offering a theoretical approach to solving male sexual problems, such as sexual harassment and abuse, pornography, sexual addiction and objectification. Also included is research on homosexuality and ethnocultural issues and a study of male sexuality from adolescence through old age. 1997, Wiley

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New Self Help Book Listings in Recovery from Childhood Abuse

Coming Home to PassionComing Home to Passion: Restoring Loving Sexuality in Couples with Histories of Childhood Trauma and Neglect
Ruth Cohn

Coming Home to Passion is an invaluable tool for couples searching for a roadmap out of the familiar but lonely patterns afflicting many pairings of adult children of trauma with adult children of neglect. Drawing on two decades of work as a psychotherapist in the field of trauma, the author stands out as a sharp and careful observer of the heartbreaking relationship patterns of such long-suffering couples. Ms. Cohn's confident humanity and clarity offer an unblinking beacon of hope. 2011, Praeger


Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your BodyOvercoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body
David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper

Survivors of trauma - whether from abuse, accidents, or war - can end up profoundly wounded, and often feel betrayed by their bodies. In order to fully heal from trauma, a new and healing connection must be made with oneself, including one's body. The trauma-sensitive yoga described in this self help book moves beyond traditional talk therapies and invites the body actively into the healing process. This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to their body through gentle breath, mindfulness, and movement practices. The exercises provide a gentle, step by step approach to mind/body healing from trauma. 2011, North Atlantic Books

New Self Help Book Listings in Sexuality and Sex Education

Enduring DesireEnduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy
Michael E. Metz and Barry W. McCarthy

In Enduring Desire Metz and McCarthy provide real-life stories and helpful individual and couple exercises that help readers to reach for realistic and high quality sexual satisfaction as a couple. The authors encourage couples to set positive and realistic sexual expectations without trying to live up to some imagined standard from the movies. Their message is down-to-earth and full of encouragement for all couples of any age.
Winner of the 2011 AASECT Book Award! 2010, Routledge


Slow SexSlow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm
Nicole Daedone

This life-changing guide teaches both men and women how to use the practice of Orgasmic Meditation to slow down, connect emotionally, and allow authentic female sexual satisfaction to occur. The book asserts that, with practice, every woman can become truly orgasmic. Slow Sex encourages the enjoyment of daily intimacy, and asserts that paying attention is the foundation of pleasure. 2011, Grand Central Life & Style

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