If you’ve never read anything about Inner Game then this should be the first book you put on your list. It introduces the core concepts of what it means to be emotionally intelligent in a highly accessible way.
Victor Frankl was a renowned Psychiatrist and inmate at a German death camp during WWII. In this book he reveals how he was able to find purpose and meaning for his life even under such horrible conditions. He shares his insights and an overview of his entire theory on personal meaning (logotherapy).
This book is about as Inner game as Inner game can be. Thich Nhat Hanh goes into depth on the cause of suffering and shows how through reflection and meditation we can find peace. He also discusses what it means to follow the “noble eightfold path” and being mindful in your everyday life. If you really dive in, this is a book that you will read and reread for the rest of your life.
Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
A classic in the world of personal development and success. I really like this book because it’s simple and very practical. Whereas many other books get caught up in theory, Napoleon Hill breaks it down into 13 simple steps and provides concrete examples. A great place to start thinking about success in all areas of your life, not just dating.
During the 1940s there was a surge of interest and study into the fields of Cybernetics. Maxwell Maltz took the core principles of cybernetics of applid them to Psychology revealing new insights into what motivates us and sets us up for success or failure. This is one of the few books that had a hugely profound impact on the way I think about the world and how I interact with it.
This is one of my absolute favorites. Both a book and a DVD series, it delves into the “human condition” and what it means to be a living, breathing human being in our society (and societies that came before). The section on “the hero’s journey” alone is worth the read.
Bonus: Deep Inner Game
This isn’t a book, rather it’s a very thoughtful and in-depth dvd-program by the legendary David DeAngelo. It’s expensive and I don’t like how he pitches the product, but if you’re willing to take the time (15 hours), it offers a wealth of information and does a brilliant job of putting many high-level concepts of psychology into context. I have personally watched this program 3 times and each time I bring back new and different insights.
What are your favorites?
Napoleon Hill said, “Every mind needs friendly contact with other minds, for food of expansion and growth.” So what are some books that you have read that have improved your life? Let us know in the comments.