MANAGING STRESS BOOKS – Handpicked Self Help Guides

Here I’d like to present to you selected managing stress books, standard works on one hand and on the other insider tips. If you delve into these handpicked self help guides, it will change your life for sure. At the bottom, you will also find selected DVDs.


The Instinct to Heal

Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy – by David Servan-Schreiber

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Price: $ 13.47
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

SummaryD. Schreiber - Instinct to Heal: A Milestone in Complementary Medicine

This book by the French psychiatrist David Servan-Shreiber is a treasure trove of astonishing insights and great help. Specializing in neuroscience under a Nobel laureate, the turning point of his career arrived when he went to Tibet meeting with traditional physicians. This opened his eyes for an integral and organic view, how to deal with stress. Looking at the tongue or feeling the pulse, these were the small but life changing measurements.

He covers many topics, the most important of them being the importance of emotions and their relationship to the brain, especially the limbic system. You’ll learn how the brain and the heart constitute a crucial system in your body which determines your inclination, be it towards health or disease. Servan-Schreiber proposes many useful exercises like the training of the heart coherence, which is a powerful tool to reestablish the balance in life – and all the above without drugs or extensive talk therapy.

Personal commentary

Besides the outstanding information this book provides, it was an entertaining and touching read with a brilliant and attractive style. As a specialist for stress relieve and researcher overall, I’ve read thousands of books. This one, The Instinct to Heal, definitely stands out as one of the milestones in my library. First of all it changed my life, because I could overcome fatigue and many stress symptoms. I’ve found a way to trust my instinct and heal myself. And through that I could help many others to unlock their own potential.

Redeeming Laughter

The comic dimension of human experience – by Peter L. Berger

  • Paperback: 201 pages (2nd edition)
  • Price: $ 35.–index
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

This is one of the few academic books I know, that creates appetite and delight from the very moment you open it, and leaves you in the end with a nourished mind and a redeemed smile. As a theologian I was happy to see my long time presumption confirmed that humor is the other side of the divine and spirituality is rooted in the comic dimension coming from all encompassing joy and love, from a redeemed laughter.

With Redeeming Laughter Peter L. Berger, professor for sociology at the Boston University, has delivered on of his most brilliant books and probably the best on the comic dimension of human experience, where you will find lots of good jokes besides rich and lively reflections.

The Waste Books

by Georg Christoph LichtenbergLichtenberg_Waste Books

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Price: $ 10.59 ($ 16.95)
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

This is an amazing and refreshing collection of casual notes and aphorisms, written down over the years by a German polymath of the 18th century, Georg Ch. Lichtenberg. For appealing examples go to my post FUNNY ONE LINE JOKE – Laugh for Health.

Hardcore Self Help

F**k Anxiety – by Robert Duff

  • Paperback: 58 pagesF**k Anxiety
  • Price: $ 9.99
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

This is a great, quick and easy to read book which empowers you right away, so you get back control over your life and become self secure. It supports you exactly where you are most powerful – in your will power!

Without Conscience

The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us – Robert D. Hare

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Price: $ 15.95Without Conscience_Robert D. Hare
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  • My Rating:9.5 out of 10

For a sound and scientific introduction into the topic of psychopathy, Without Conscience is the standard text book to start with. As a former Professor of Psychology, Robert d. Hare was the first to lay a scientific foundation upon which he developed a widely recognized Checklist. Although, this book doesn’t give you an introduction into the application of his list, because this requires professional education.

Coming from the world of academics it’s a very accessible read even for those who aren’t well versed in psychology. Hare provides a lot of examples, in my opinion somewhat one sided, because he mainly refers to the criminal section of psychopathy (hence half a point less). If you want a closer connection to your daily life, go the next book by T. Sheridan.

Puzzling People

The Labyrinth of the Psychopath – by Thomas Sheridan

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: amazon.comPuzzling People_Thomas Sheridan
  • My Rating: 9 out of 10

I recommend this book because it’s subjective and in many ways provocative. Once you get to know Thomas Sheridan on youtube, you’ll have a better feel for his basic attitude and intention. Of course, it’s daring to say psychopaths are not human at all. But his immediate approach can be helpful for those who suffered from puzzling people for a long time.

Sheridan takes an artist’s approach, without claiming to present the objective truth in a systematic manner. This book with all its guesses, repetitions and questionable statements is rather an inspiration for your inner healing dialogue. As such it’s a great companion towards your own liberation and self esteem. The missing tenth point relates to the lack of verifiation and notes.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox

Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally – Diane Sanfilippo

  • 21 Day Sugar DetoxPaperback: 240 pages
  • Price: $ 23.76
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

This is a great introduction into the vast topic of detoxification of your body, providing an action plan, many practical tips and recipes. All the recommendations are tested by thousands of people – and they work! As for myself, I gained back the natural appetite for healthy food. Because I’m free of sugar cravings, I can enjoy delicious sweets every once in a while.

Many years, eggs and fat were denounced as poison. But this book puts the diet into perspective and learns a lot from what is known now under the buzz word Paleo Diet. Don’t take it a s gospel but as a valid inspiration to regain the common sense for your body.

Healing through Exercise

Scientifically-Proven Ways to Prevent and Overcome Illness and Lengthen Your Life – by Jörg BlechBlech exercise

  • Kindle Edition: 258 pages
  • Price: $15.17
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

I cherish this book greatly, because it’s not one of those guidebooks that throw truisms at you regardless of your ability to fulfill them. Everybody knows, at least vaguely, that movement and exercise are good for health. But nobody will change his behavior unless he gets a deeper understanding and thus genuine urge to transform a certain kind of wisdom in his life. This is exactly what Jörg Blech, a German medical journalist, is able to do. In opening your eyes for that what really is the case, you’ve already done the first exercise!

The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar

Shamanic sexual healing and sex magic – by Ishtar Babilu Dingir

  • Kindle Edition: 174 pages
  • Price: $ 8.95The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar
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  • My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

As a theologian by profession I studied the fatal crushes religion, especially Judaism and Christianity, had on the utmost beauty and power of human sexuality. Trapped by Cupid, the god of desire, cupidity and lust, all along St. Augustin’s teachings, we lost track of an innocent approach towards sex magic.

But this book offers very gently and devoid of fear an initiation into the transforming life force which is encoded in our sexual nature. Whatever status you’re in right now, be it with or without a sexual partner, going through this book you’ll be guided step by step into liberating exercises.

In my view, the only disadvantage lies in the fact, that there’s only a Kindle Edition. It makes it more difficult to go back to the exercises. The good news is: there will be a printed version soon.

Self-Hypnosis And Subliminal Technology

A How-to Guide for Personal-Empowerment Tools You Can Use Anywhere! – by Eldon Taylor

  • Hardcover: 202 pagesSelf-Hypnosis
  • Price: $ 11.54
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  • CD with hypnosis sessions
  • My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

This is a very sound and water proof introduction into hypnosis, for experienced ones as well as beginners. You’ll find practical instructions in order to apply hypnosis in your life as both: as an instrument to improve your well being as well as a basis for spiritual growth.

Autogenic Training

A Mind-Body Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndrome and Stress-Related Disorders – by Mica R. Sadigh
Autogenic Training

  • Paperback: 275 pages (2nd edition)
  • Price: $ 39.95
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  • My Rating: 9 out of 10

This very helpful book, especially for professionals, is written by M. R. Sadigh, professor of psychology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It’s indeed the standard work if you want to relieve chronic pane without drugs, or in case drugs don’t help anymore. If you can get a hold of the original works by J. H. Schultz and Wolfgang Luthe, the founders of AT, please go ahead, because the original is still better and fresher than the copy. That’s the reason for only 9 points.

Relaxercise: The Easy New Way to Health and Fitness

Feldenkrais Therapy Exercises – Classical Handbook

  • Paperback: 176 pagesRelaxercise
  • Price: $ 19.11
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  • My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

This is the book which I recommend in the name of a professional Feldenkrais practitioner. Here you’ll find help when you can’t practice any other method, because the exercises are very gentle and smooth. Although I’m very much into sports and power movement, I discovered the great potential of this method, because among the few ways to influence the deep muscles it’s probably the easiest solution. Professional athletes know, what I’m talking about.

The benefits of Feldenkrais according to this book are the following:

  • You can do it without any professional help.
  • You’ll find effective exercises even if you’re handicapped.
  • You can do it everywhere, f.e. in the train or airplane, without anybody realizing it.

Conclusion: Not the newest book, but still one of the best.

The Truth About Burnout

How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It – by Christina MaslachChristina Maslach - The Truth About Burnout

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Price: $ 21.93
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

This is one of the best books on adrenal fatigue or burnout written by a longtime specialist in this area Christina Maslach. She developed a clinically validated test which is added in my post ADRENAL FATIGUE SYMPTOMS TREATMENT – How To Regain Vitality.

Instead of “blaming” the individual for the lack of adaption to the environmental pressure and stress, especially on the job, Maslach offers a much more helpful perspective from a systemic approach. By way of analyzing the organizational structure, processes and culture, she shows practical ways for crisis intervention.

My conclusion as an organizational consultant: hire and fire costs more in the long run than looking after the employees. This book is an essential guide for those responsible.

Freedom, Love and Action

by Jiddu Krishnamurti593444

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Price: $ 18.95
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

Krishnamurti is a unique teacher who understands the necessity to become free from the known, from all that belongs to the past, in order to be present in the now observing life as it unfolds. Everytime I read or listen to his words I’m touched by his passion, intransigence and clarity. You probably have never looked at the question of sex and love in such a way!

The basis for all of his inspirations you’ll find in the book Freedom from the Known.

The Book of Secrets

112 meditations to discover the mystery within – by Osho

  • OshoHardcover: 1328 pages
  • Price: $ 30.38
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: DE:
  • My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

For those who are already familiar with Osho, this new edition (2010) is an outstanding compilation of Osho’s thoughts and meditations. And for those who think of Osho as the crazy guru with dozens Rolls Royces promoting sex orgies, like I did, you’ll be surprised by the depth and wisdom of this man. The interpretation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is written in the classical form of a dialogue and thus very readable.

Personally I don’t like to listen to him for a longer period, because he speaks slowly and monotonously. So the DVD doesn’t add much in my opinion. Hence I grant only 9.5 stars. But see yourself. Don’t be distracted by his provocative nature. Rather use it as a chance to find joy and freedom.

Guru Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard (Movie)

  • DVD: 98 minutes
  • Price: $24.98 (Regular price: $29.97)Guru Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard
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  • My Rating: 9 out of 10

This is a great Swiss documentary approaching the Baghwan movement from a slightly critical point of view. The main thrust of the film basically consists of two interviews of former members of this unique cult. At that time, the media was full of criticism. In that sense, hearing criticism from the inside is a confirmation and as such no surprise.

Therein lies the tiny weakness of the movie in my opinion. Even though I wasn’t a member or sympathizer of the Baghwan movement, I’m missing the irony this Guru is obviously acting out, the benevolent perspective. Thus only 9 points. For more read: OSHO MEDITAION VIDEO – Who the Fuck Is Alice?

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sicily

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Price: $ 13.49DK-Eyewitness-Travel-Sicily
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: DE:
  • My Rating: 9 out of 10

This really is a practical and instructive guide, which leads you through all aspects of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. You’ll find maps and restaurant recommendations as well as cultural and geological background information.

The only negative point I have to mention would be the fact, that you have to by more detailed maps if you want to discover the region on your own. That’s why I give 9 out of 10 points.

The Island Beyond the Moon

An Aeolian Tale – by Roland Zoss

  • Kindle Edition: 102 pagesR. Zoss
  • Price: $ 21.26
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: DE:
  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

An award-winning true story about one of the remote Aeolian island, written by my Swiss compatriot. His language wakes up all of your senses for a poetic experience.

More than Honey

  • DVD: 95 minutes
  • Price: $ 18.23More than Honey
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

This fabulous documentary by the Swiss director Markus Imhoof follows the bees around the world and shows their importance as well as their fascinating beauty. Last but not least, honey is one of the best nutrients and remedies we can find in nature.

3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman

  • DVD: 3
  • Price: € 659.99 (Regular price: $99.95)R. Rosselini, I. Bergman: Stromboli |Europe '51 | Journey to Italy
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  • My Rating: 10 out of 10

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