RECOMMENDED BOOKS and SELF HELP RESOURCES

I sometimes recommend reading as a supplement to my professional services when it appears appropriate. The following are books that may be of help to you if you have specific problems that relate to any of these areas. I do not recommend a book unless I have read it myself or have specific knowledge of a book. These books are psycho-educational and if you feel there is any contradiction between what a book is saying and a part of your work with me as a psychologist, please discuss this with me. I do not always agree with all the statements of other author's.

For your convenience there are links to Amazon.com for more information about this book and to order it online if you would like this convenience. Of course you can also get any of these books through your favorite local bookstore. If you order from Amazon.com you get their standard discounted price for any book, but a small (very small) commission is paid me that I use to support this website. There are also some relevant Internet links for free information on some of the various topics within this page.

There are SO many self-help books in print that I cannot keep up with them all. If you know of any books that have been of particular help to you, please provide information about the book. If a particular book you have heard of is not listed here, it simply means that I have not had the opportunity to give it careful consideration.


Topics

ANXIETY

ASSERTIVENESS

CHILD REARING/PARENTING

DIET and WEIGHT LOSS

LOSS/MOURNING

MARRIAGE

MONEY PROBLEMS (FINANCIAL)

PAIN MANAGEMENT

RELAXATION/MEDITATION/T'AI CHI CH'UAN/YOGA

Relaxation tape

SHYNESS


ANXIETY

An End to Panic : Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder
by Elke Zuercher-White

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Paperback - 208 pages 2nd edition (June 1998)
New Harbinger Pubns; ISBN: 1572241136 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 10.98 x 8.55

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Also related to anxiety treatment see the work of Dr. Herbert Benson:

Link re: The Relaxation Response:
http://www.mindbody.harvard.edu/relaxation.htm
http://www.mindbody.harvard.edu/relaxation.htm


ASSERTIVENESS

Your Perfect Right

This book is a classic in the field. In about it's 8th edition. It covers all aspects of assertiveness and how to make changes in your life to incorporate these principles.

In paper: List Price is about: $15.95

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CHILD REARING/PARENTING

Children : The Challenge

by Rudolf Dreikurs, Vicki Soltz (Contributor), Lawrence Zuckerman

                                  List Price: $13.95

 Paperback - 335 pages Reissue edition (December 1991)
 Plume; ISBN: 0452266556 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.93 x 7.98 x 5.18
 
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Related to the work of Dr. Dreikurs is the process known as Redirecting Children's Behavior (RCB). For more information see the following Internet resources and/or talk to me:

Main URL for information about RCB and Courses:
http://www.redirectingbehavior.com/

Here are a few links to view the RCM Brochure:

First Page
Second Page
Third Page (did not scan very well)
Fourth Page (sorry, not very clear)

 

Finally:
Next would like to provide some hints on working on homework (thanks to Metropolitan School)

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RE: Siblings: This book is generally helpful if you have more than one child, and especially if you yourself are an only child who did not grow up with siblings yourself.
- Dr. Krapu

Siblings Without Rivalry : How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

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Paperback - 250 pages Expanded edition (February 1998)
Avon Books (Pap Trd); ISBN: 0380799006 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 8.07 x 5.27

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DIET and WEIGHT LOSS

This book summarizes and inspires one to understand this aspect of your life and presents basic scientific information about the effects of food on our body. Of course you should consult a physician before making any significant changes in this area. Dr. Sears is presenting one of the most current theories on nutrition and weight loss.

The Zone : A Dietary Road Map to Lose Weight Permanently : Reset Your Genetic Code : Prevent Disease: Achieve Maximum Physical Performance

by Barry Sears, Bill Lawren

Hardback, (check to see if it is now available in paper) List Price is about: $25.00

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LOSS/MOURNING

Companion Through the Darkness : Inner Dialogues on Grief
by Stephanie Ericsson

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Paperback - 208 pages (February 1993)
Harperperennial Library; ISBN: 0060969741 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 7.98 x 5.32
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 23,610
Avg. Customer Review:
Number of Reviews: 13

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Beyond Grief : A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One
by Carol Staudacher


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Paperback - 244 pages (April 1987)
New Harbinger Pubns; ISBN: 0934986436 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.73 x 9.00 x 6.01
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 81,706
Avg. Customer Review:
Number of Reviews: 9

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MARRIAGE

Dr. John Gottman has become world famous for his research and work with marriages. In addition to over twenty years experience doing marital therapy, Dr. Krapu has had advanced training with Dr. Gottmann.

This first link is to an Amazon.com page where you can see the book and read some reviews. You can order it there or find it in most bookstores since it is a very popular book:

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (LINK)
by John Mordechai Gottman, Nan Silver
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Audio Tape: This link below offers an audio tape, but it is "based on" the book and only 90 minutes long. It does not appear to be the book read in its entirety. Still, if it is easier for you to listen in your car driving to work, it DOES offer valuable information.

http://ssl3.adhost.com/gottman/merchant.cfm?pid=6&step=4


MONEY PROBLEMS (FINANCIAL)

If money is a problem which comes up over and over again within yourself or in a primary relationship, then this book might help you see what issues are involved and begin providing some answers. Also, Dr. John Gottman's book on Marriage has a very brief section discussing this area within a marriage.

Credit, Cash, and Co-Dependency; The Money Connection

by Yvonne Kaye, Daniel S. Kaye

List Price: $14.95

Paperback - 224 pages 2 edition (October 1998)

Islewest Publishing; ISBN: 1888461063

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PAIN MANAGEMENT

Partners Against Pain provides useful information about the management of chronic pain.

 


RELAXATION/MEDITATION

 

 SubLinks:
 

 Relaxation

 T'ai Chi

 Yoga (Hatha)

Link re: The work of Dr. Herbert Benson, The Relaxation Response:
http://www.mbmi.org/pages/mbb_rr1.asp
http://www.mbmi.org/pages/mbb_rr1.asp

Have you ever considered just resting to rejuvenate yourself and get a fresh start. Here is a great Napping link:
http://www.circadian.com/learning_center/napping.htm

 

Dr. Krapu's relaxation tape:

For those interested, I make the relaxation procedure I use in my office available to people who want to have it on CD or cassette tape. This audio media has two parts. First a ninteen (19) minute lecture that explains the procedure and about an 18 minute track that actually takes you through the procedure. If you have seen me in my practice and discussed the Relaxation Response, you know that it is my belief that there are a 1,000 ways to trigger this response. It is most important that you find a way that works for you and then practice it regularly. The charge for my CD or tape is $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling (if needed). If you want to order a tape you can use:

 

via the internet

or

send a check made out to:

Dr. Tom Krapu

and send it to:

1023 Executive Parkway Dr, Suite 8
SAINT LOUIS MO 63141

Relaxation Links:

For just a sample of other tapes available on the internet. I don't make any claims regarding the effectiveness of any of the following resources, but if you are exploring different options, some of the following links will certainly give you some points of comparison.

Music and relaxation links (I screened out hypnosis and self-hypnosis tapes):

http://www.skybluemusic.com/hearwthn.html

http://www.deepsoundsleep.com/relaxtapestxt.html

http://www.guidedimageryinc.com/product.html

http://www.tranquility.cwc.net/

http://www.stresshardiness.com/tape.htm

http://www.sukiproductions.com/about.htm

http://www.tip.net.au/~drsusan/

http://www.bcx.net/hypnosis/drtape.html

http://www.audiotapesforhealing.com/

http://www.aspectenterprises.com/page0004.html

Relaxation Techniques Described:

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR):
http://members.aol.com/avpsyrich/pmr.htm

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T'ai Chi Information:

T'ai Chi Ch'uan (tie'-jee chwan) is a method of relaxation and self cultivation originating in China. For more information about t'ai chi ch'uan use the following link:

http://www.krapu4.com/taichi/

This includes information about classes in the St. Louis area and around the world, information about research on t'ai chi, and information about silence as a form of meditation.

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Hatha Yoga: For those interested in Yoga as a relaxation method many classes can be found in the metro St. Louis Area.

For an excellent discussion of Hatha Yoga to guide correct practice and a very good Yoga routine see:

BE HERE NOW
by Lama Foundation Editor, Ram Dass
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Paperback (September 1971)
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Parts of Be Here Now reproduced below with permission by the Lama Foundation:

This information is provided for informational purposes only. Dr. Krapu is NOT a yoga instructor and learning yoga correctly from an properly trained teacher is recommended. Consult your physician before beginning any physical program such as this.

Discussion:

http://www.krapu4.com/psy/asanas.htm

Yoga Routine (Graphic):

http://www.krapu4.com/psy/images/YOGA.GIF


SHYNESS

Shyness : What It Is, What to Do About It

by Philip G. Zimbardo

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                     Paperback Reissue edition (April 1990)
                     Perseus Pr; ISBN: 0201550180 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 8.25 x 5.40

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