Chris Cooper PhD

Recommended Books

Listed below are some books which I have found useful and which I often recommend to colleagues and clients. I hope you find some of them interesting and useful. Click on the links provided to access sales information from Amazon.com. Click here for links to recommended CDs, and DVDs.

Proust and the Squid
by Maryanne Wolf

Dr. Wolf is the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University and has written a highly accessible book focusing on the neurological development of reading skills. She points out that our brains are naturally built to recognize patterns, and by virtue of that are able to decode symbols. This, however, is a long way from a natural ability to read. Reading is a developed skill which, according to Dr. Wolf, requires that we adapt various brain systems and use these adapted systems together harmoniously. This is a complex process that does not always go smoothly. Thus the varying reading skills among people. This is a great book for anyone who is interested in reading and dyslexia.


The Mindful Way Through Depression

by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This center initially focused on Stress Reduction and dealing with chronic pain, but has grown into a much broader program for treatment, teaching and research. Mindfulness is currently employed in a number of psychological practices and appears to be a powerful method to help in working on stress, depression, anxiety and other difficulties. The work at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine has included not only development of protocols to use with stress, depression and other psychological problems, but also rigorous research into the benefits of using a mindfulness approach. This book explains the theory and provides you with a guide to developing a mindfulness meditation practice designed to help with depression. It asks for a commitment from you to spend time every day in meditation and comes with a CD to guide your meditation. Highly recommended for those who think they would make such a commitment.

Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman

This book is written for a general audience and has become something of a classic. Dr. Goleman introduced the term “Emotional Intelligence” to us, and he describes how we as a society have neglected emotional education and development while emphasizing the education and development of the intellect. Both are important and vital to our happiness and success. I highly recommend this book.

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