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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)
The relaxation response (Herbert Benson & Miriam Z. Klipper)
The anxiety & phobia workbook (Edmund Bourne)
Beyond anxiety & phobia: A step-by-step guide to lifetime recovery (Edmund Bourne)
The alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
Major in success:  Make college easier, fire up your dreams, & get a great job (P. Combs & J. Canfield)
The seven habits of highly effective people (Stephen Covey)
Journey of awakening: A meditator’s guidebook (Ram Dass)
Going on being (Mark Epstein)
Going to pieces without falling apart (Mark Epstein)
Open to desire (Mark Epstein)
Thoughts without a thinker (Mark Epstein)
Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ (Daniel Goleman)
After the ecstasy, the laundry: How the heart grows wise on the spiritual path (Jack Kornfield)
Sport psychology: What it is, what it isn’t, and how it may help (Joe Mannion)
The snow leopard (Peter Matthiessen)
In pursuit of excellence (Terry Orlick)
The gift of therapy:  An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients (Irvin Yalom)

| 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)
After reading this book in my Master’s program, I knew had to study with Mark in Australia. Mark has a research interest in the quality of sport psychology graduate training, and his book offers great insight on how to optimize the delivery of our knowledge and examine our personal and professional blind spots. I love the dialogues between sport psychology professional and client and the self-effacing style of the authors.
Sport psychology in practice (Mark Andersen, editor)
More of “Doing” but with new populations and new issues. If you work in sport psychology, I can’t recommend these two books enough.
Doing psychotherapy (Michael Franz Basch)
The classic book that Mark Andersen used as a model for the format of Doing Sport Psychology. Basch does an amazing job of discussing many issues faced in the practice of psychology. Even if you are not doing clinical work, this book will sharpen your skills, help you know when to refer, and protect your clients from inadvertent harm.
Understanding psychotherapy: The science behind the art (Michael Franz Basch)
Basch continues with his insightful expose of psychotherapy, this time coming from the opposite direction: from research to understanding and practice. One of my favorite psychology authors.
The mind’s fate: A psychiatrist looks at his profession – 30 years of writings (Robert Coles)
Forty warm, self-effacing, and insightful essays from a Pulitzer Prize winning, Harvard and Columbia graduated psychiatrist. Topics are diverse and include racism, poverty, Van Gogh, religion, psychiatric overreliance on medication, children, Freud, Erickson, James, and more. His authentic care shines through.
Thoughts without a thinker (Mark Epstein)
Written for therapists, Harvard graduated psychiatrist Mark Epstein lays out a nice framework for conceptualizing and utilizing Buddhist psychology. He also discusses the psychology of meditation in dialogue with psychodynamic psychology in his typical open and compassionate style.
Psychotherapy without the self (Mark Epstein)
A number of journal articles authored by Epstein organized in three sections: (1) Freud, (2) Buddha, and (3) Winnicott.
Going on being (Mark Epstein)
Epstein 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. 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.
Man’s search for meaning (Viktor Frankl)
The classic work, detailing Frankl’s concentration camp experiences as a Jewish psychiatrist and the school of therapy his experience birthed.
New introductory lectures on psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud)
About 90% of the people I’ve encountered who immediately dismiss Freud have never read this most basic book. So many of the erroneous stereotypes that are perpetuated about him and his theories are dispelled in his own words, his class lectures over two semesters. (Oh the damage those ominous, unsmiling pictures have done, too).
Overtraining athletes: Personal journeys in sport (Sean Richardson, Mark Andersen, & Tony Morris)
Sean is an amazing sport and performance psychologist who understands overtraining first hand: he missed rowing for Canada in two Olympics due to injury. This work explores the pressures that drive athletes to train over the brink, hurting themselves physically and mentally. Sean’s book covers concepts of overtraining, a variety of expert perspectives, and a number of athletes’ personal experiences.
The gift of therapy:  An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients (Irvin Yalom)
Yalom, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford, has compiled 35 years of practice insights into 85 valuable lessons. He is another 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.
Penguin psychology dictionary
It’s true. I read the dictionary before I go to sleep – but it’s a psychology dictionary! One thing I don’t like about this volume is the opinion inserted into some of the definitions; aren’t dictionaries supposed to be devoid of bias?
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!]
Some sport and performance psychology techniques have gone unchallenged despite sometimes disappointing research findings. I had the opportunity to explore mindfulness and Buddhist psychology concepts in the lives and performances of athletes and in the training of sport psychology graduate students in one essay. Available at Human Kinetics and Amazon.

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