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| THE LISTS |
You’ll find a growing list of books I’ve read and recommend as well as full-text articles I’ve written, categorized by interests below (Everyone, Athletes, Coaches & Parents, Performing Artists, Entrepreneurs & Executive, Psychology Professionals & Enthusiasts). All of my articles are enhanced to better serve you with embedded web links, bookmarks, and my own personal voice introduction. Join the AllWorld.Newsletter and AllWorld.ActionWire to be notified when I add new books and articles to these lists. Because performance and well-being are not mutually exclusive, selections addressing both areas are included.

I’ve compiled all of these books into an Amazon.com Reading List for your convenience. You can also view my Amazon.com Hodgepodge List of books that have piqued my interest or have been recommended to me, but I have not read yet. I will be striving to add lay books that I find corroborate with the research and theory (e.g., see the Psychology Professional & Enthusiast section) that have been so important in my training.
| BEYOND BOOKS |
If you’re struggling despite reading good advice, remember books may not be adequate or efficient substitutes for collaboration. We all have our blind spots and wouldn’t, for example, substitute books for a coach, instructor, or mentor. My studies would have been insufficient without my own team of mentors, who continue to play an invaluable role in my life, too.

[Let me briefly acknowledge a potential elephant in the reading room: religious and “religious-sounding” books. The importance of religion in the lives and performances of sportspeople, artists, and businesspeople varies along a wide spectrum. In collaboration, all religious beliefs are handled like any other beliefs: openly, nonjudgmentally, and confidentially, if and when you want to discuss them. I mention religious-sounding books because Buddhist psychology and mindfulness are hot areas in psychological and medical research and are not usually discussed as religious faith. My only agenda is striving to help you reach or maintain excellence and well-being, not to push a worldview.  If you know of good performance and well-being oriented books with religious (or nonreligious) worldviews (e.g., I could use some Jewish and Islamic suggestions), or have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly. The presence of a book on any list, of course, does not mean I agree with every concept presented.]

| EVERYONE |
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Saying yes to life (even the hard parts) (Ezra Bayda)
This book is filled with wise, psychologically sound insights. It’s a great book to leave on a nightstand or on a desk and read in bites. One thing that separates this book from many like it is how Bayda delivers substance while generally avoiding flowery, clichéd language.
The relaxation response (Herbert Benson & Miriam Z. Klipper)
This book is a classic in the area of mindfulness research. Harvard Medical School professor Herbert Benson has pioneered the study of the physical and psychological health effects of meditation. If you want the science without the spiritual dialogue, you will probably like this choice.
The anxiety & phobia workbook (Edmund Bourne)
Written for those of us suffering with anxiety, fear, panic, obsessive-compulsiveness, depression, and the like, Bourne provides descriptions, statistics, and MANY practical strategies for coping and healing. Make sure you get the latest edition for the most up-to-date information on research, approaches, medications, etc.
Beyond anxiety & phobia: A step-by-step guide to lifetime recovery (Edmund Bourne)
Long-term, holistic approaches that complement Bourne’s first book, including great sections on diet, meditation, spirituality, and more. Both of Bourne’s books played helpful roles in my own recovery from panic attacks and OCD.
The alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
Over 30 million copies sold worldwide, bestseller in over 50 countries, and one of my favorite books. The Alchemist is a simple and fast read with profound lessons and reminders for the pursuit of our dreams. I actually brought my copy with me during grad school, during my studies in Australia, and during my research in North Africa and London.
Major in success:  Make college easier, fire up your dreams, & get a great job (P. Combs & J. Canfield)
A great book for high school seniors, college students, and graduate students by one of my favorite speakers, Patrick Combs. Two tips in this book enabled me to find affordable flights for graduate study in Australia. Make sure you get the latest edition for up-to-date resources.
The seven habits of highly effective people (Stephen Covey)
An obvious modern classic, I actually like the first 60 pages about paradigms and paradigm shifting the most. Anytime we try to come up with a universal list for achieving success we face a problem: individual variance. Still a great read.
Journey of awakening: A meditator’s guidebook (Ram Dass)
Meditation is often discussed as a singular exercise, but many types of practice actually exist. Ram Dass, a former Harvard psychology professor, recognizes these differences and explores the many styles, experiences, and common stages of practice and growth.
Going on being (Mark Epstein)
Epstein, a Harvard graduated psychiatrist, explores how therapy and meditation/mindfulness can be highly complementary, though one is not a substitute for the other. I enjoy his self-disclosure, insight, and ability to make Buddhist psychology concepts more accessible to Westerners. Some people may find his writing to be “heavier” or slower reading, but his books are dense with valuable insight.
Going to pieces without falling apart (Mark Epstein)
Epstein explores some of our most difficult emotions and offers ways to increase our capacity to handle them. Again, I enjoy his self-disclosure, insight, and ability to make Buddhist psychology concepts more accessible to Westerners.
Open to desire (Mark Epstein)
I love the hardback subtitle: “Embracing a lust for life.” I’ve found OTD to be one of Epstein’s most upbeat books, exploring how we can learn to have a better relationship with our desires. Rather than completely suppressing or completely indulging desires, Epstein discusses a middle path approach to recruiting them in the service of growth. Although the ideas apply to most types of desire, OTD is especially helpful for those of us who struggle with intimacy and relationships.
Thoughts without a thinker (Mark Epstein)
Although this book is written primarily for therapists, Epstein lays out a nice (but by no means absolute) framework for Buddhist psychology and the psychology of meditation, in dialogue with Western psychologies. Again, if you want a light and concrete read, this book may not be the first choice. Read a few pages on Amazon.com to see if it’s for you.
Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ (Daniel Goleman)
Although there is some debate over the validity of “EQ” as a “construct” in academic circles, there is no doubt interpersonal skills can play a pivotal role in many types of success. Goleman’s book is one of the most popular examinations of the concept and offers ways to improve our own EQ’s.
After the ecstasy, the laundry: How the heart grows wise on the spiritual path (Jack Kornfield)
Many books discuss “paths” to achieving spiritual awakenings; this novel and revealing book discusses life after those awakenings. Jack Kornfield offers a grounded and ecumenical exploration through interviews with rabbis, Zen masters, priests, nuns, Sufi masters, and more.
Sport psychology: What it is, what it isn’t, and how it may help (Joe Mannion)
Written for a triathlon and fitness magazine, this article offers concise descriptions of sport psychology work (e.g., performance enhancement, clinical struggles), clients (e.g., children, pro athletes), and common misconceptions (e.g., Freudian couch images). It includes statistics, case examples, and a few tips for choosing sport psychology professionals and is also enhanced with web links, convenient bookmarks, and a voice introduction.
The snow leopard (Peter Matthiessen)
Want to go on a vivid, vicarious trek through the Himalayas? TSL is Matthiessen’s journal from a trek with renowned field biologist George Schaller, in search of the elusive cat and a renowned teacher. Written shortly after his wife’s death, Matthiessen’s journal slowly peels back the layers of his interior life while detailing a journey into one of our world’s amazing places. Another classic and a favorite book of one of my supervisors.
In pursuit of excellence (Terry Orlick)
If you’re looking for practical, plainspoken approaches to enhanced performance on and off the field, this book offers some good recommendations. Orlick is well respected in the fields of sport and performance psychology. Be sure to get the latest edition.
The gift of therapy:  An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients (Irvin Yalom)
An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients (Irvin Yalom): I’ve included this book in the Everyone section for anyone who would like to de-mystify therapy. Yalom, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford, has compiled 35 years of practice insights into 85 valuable lessons. He is a warm, self-effacing, and candid practitioner whose authentic care shines through. I feel like I should write an open thank you letter back to him.

| ATHLETES |
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Sport psychology library: Triathlon (Joe Baker & Whitney Sedgwick)
Sport psychology library: Basketball (Dale Brown & Kevin Burke)
Sport psychology library: Gymnastics (Karen D. Cogan & Peter Vidmar)
Sport psychology library: Bowling (Eric S. Lasser, Fred Borden, & Jeri Edwards)
When it hurts too bad to play: The psychology of injury and rehab (Joe Mannion)
Performance anxiety and arousal (Joe Mannion)
Sport psychology library: Tennis (Judy L. Van Raalte & Carrie Silver-Bernstein)
Overtraining athletes: Personal journeys in sport (Sean Richardson, Mark Andersen, & Tony Morris)
Inspirational athletes:  Jim MacLaren, Team Hoyt, & Rudy Garcia-Tolson
If you meet the Buddha on the football field – tackle him! [Mark Andersen & Joe Mannion (2011). In D. Gilbourne & M. B. Andersen (editors), Critical essays in sport psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics]

| COACHES & PARENTS |
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Sport psychology library: Triathlon (Joe Baker & Whitney Sedgwick)
Sport psychology library: Basketball (Dale Brown & Kevin Burke)
Sport psychology library: Gymnastics (Karen D. Cogan & Peter Vidmar)
Sport psychology library: Bowling (Eric S. Lasser, Fred Borden, & Jeri Edwards)
Straight talk about children and sport: Advice for parents, coaches, and teachers (Janet Leblanc)
Raising healthy child athletes: The “good-enough” coach and parent (Joe Mannion)
When it hurts too bad to play: The psychology of injury and rehab (Joe Mannion)
The cheers and the tears: A healthy alternative to the dark side of youth sports today (Shane Murphy)
Sport psychology library: Tennis (Judy L. Van Raalte & Carrie Silver-Bernstein)
Overtraining athletes: Personal journeys in sport (Sean Richardson, Mark Andersen, & Tony Morris)
If you meet the Buddha on the football field – tackle him! [Mark Andersen & Joe Mannion (2011). In D. Gilbourne & M. B. Andersen (editors), Critical essays in sport psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics]

| PERFORMING ARTISTS |
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Audition success (Don Greene)
When it hurts too bad to play: The psychology of injury and rehab (Joe Mannion)
Performance anxiety and arousal (Joe Mannion)
Overtraining athletes: Personal journeys in sport (Sean Richardson, Mark Andersen, & Tony Morris)
If you meet the Buddha on the football field – tackle him! [Mark Andersen & Joe Mannion (2011). In D. Gilbourne & M. B. Andersen (editors), Critical essays in sport psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics]

| ENTREPRENEURS & EXECUTIVES |
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The seven habits of highly effective people (Stephen Covey)
Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ (Daniel Goleman)
Young millionaires: Inspiring stories to ignite your entrepreneurial dreams (Rieva Lesonsky)
Performance anxiety and arousal (Joe Mannion)
Raising healthy child athletes: The “good-enough” coach and parent (Joe Mannion)
The millionaire mind (Thomas J. Stanley)
How to build a unique brand in the consulting profession (Alan Weiss)
Million dollar consulting (Alan Weiss)
Money talks: How to make a million as a speaker (Alan Weiss)
Value-based fees: How to charge and get what you’re worth (Alan Weiss)

| PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONALS & ENTHUSIASTS |
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Doing sport psychology (Mark Andersen, editor)
Sport psychology in practice (Mark Andersen, editor)
Doing psychotherapy (Michael Franz Basch)
Understanding psychotherapy: The science behind the art (Michael Franz Basch)
The mind’s fate: A psychiatrist looks at his profession – 30 years of writings (Robert Coles)
Thoughts without a thinker (Mark Epstein)
Psychotherapy without the self (Mark Epstein)
Going on being (Mark Epstein)
Going to pieces without falling apart (Mark Epstein)
Open to desire (Mark Epstein)
Man’s search for meaning (Viktor Frankl)
New introductory lectures on psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud)
Overtraining athletes: Personal journeys in sport (Sean Richardson, Mark Andersen, & Tony Morris)
The gift of therapy:  An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients (Irvin Yalom)
Penguin psychology dictionary
Critical essays in sport psychology [David Gilbourne & Mark Andersen (editors); checkout our (Andersen & Mannion) chapter: If you meet the Buddha on the football field – tackle him!]

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