Are these the best self-help books for women?
In these more enlightened times it almost seems old fashioned to be looking at self-help books for women. That glass ceiling has long since been broken in most industries and modern women – if they wish – can now have a life style that previous generations could only dream of.
But it must be acknowledged that women of today still have it tougher than men. It is they who still share the greatest loads trying to balance the pressures of work, children and home – so maybe the idea of self-help books for women makes a lot of sense – but it is for you to decide.
Here at PPT we have taken a look at the best of them to see if one or more them meets your aspirations. However, regular visitors to PPT will know that we like to keep it simple in terms of positive thinking and as you will see – many of these books look at mediation, affirmations and constant focus on your goals.
That’s always sounded like a lot of hard work to us and there is considerable anecdotal evidence to suggest that most quickly give up on such things and decide that positive thinking is nonsense – but if this type of thing works for you and it can be adapted and positively introduced into your life – fantastic.
It is a subjective decision as to whether these really are the best self-help books for women. If you have other suggestions then please let us know and we will happily review and add them to our list. You may even have your own self-help tips for women and if that is the case then why not turn them into a blog and we will consider it for publication.
So here’s the list – enjoy.
Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know
Bestselling relationships author Barbara De Angelis shows that by embracing 10 simple principles, you can transform any situation or event – no matter how difficult or challenging – into something that can enrich you.
Imagine what it would be like if, whatever challenges you were faced with – in your relationships, work or family – you could always remain calm and clear. Imagine having a source of confidence and wisom inside yourself that you could always count on… In this book Barbara De Angelis draws on her years of experience as a relationship expert and her own 20-year spiritual search to create a precise 10-step guide to living a fulfilled life. Her principles are easy to understand and put into practice and her colourful examples, drawn both from her own life and the lives of her friends and clients, add warmth and depth to her words. This book will be an invaluable guide for women seeking more contentment and fulfilment in their lives.
You Were Not Born To Suffer
In this life-changing book Blake D Bauer explains why depression, addiction, physical illness, unfulfilling work and relationship problems are caused by years of hiding your true emotions, denying your life purpose and living in fear.
Having already helped thousands of people around the world find lasting solutions that conventional medicine, psychiatry or religion couldn’t offer, You Were Not Born to Suffer will show you how to free yourself from the destructive thoughts, habits and situations that are stopping you from being happy and well.
In simple practical steps you’ll learn how to slow down and create a healthier relationship to yourself that is based on acceptance, kindness, honesty and self-worth. You’ll also find out how to transform the stress, anxiety and insecurity that result from constantly trying to please others into lasting confidence, self-respect and inner peace.
Women Who Run With Wolves
“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society’s attempt to ‘civilize’ us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become overdomesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.”
In her now-classic book that spent 144 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and is translated into 35 languages, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., shows how woman’s vitality can be restored through what she calls “psychic archaeological digs” into the ruins of the female unconscious. Dr. Estés uses her families’ ethnic tales, washed and rinsed in the blood of wars and survival, multicultural myths, her own lyric writing of those fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from her life witness, and also research ongoing for twenty years… that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.
She Means Business
Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business?There has never been a better time to say yes! With a computer and an Internet connection you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create so much success.In this book, Carrie Greenshows you how.Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20—she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination . . . but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face. Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, she offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you:
- Get clear on your business vision •Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way
- Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them
- Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers, and customers
- Manage your time, maintain focus, and keep going in the right direction
- Condition yourself for success . . . and so much more!If you’re a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur, or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic, and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.
Start living the life you’ve always wanted It could be that you’ve figured everything out on your own and have ended up acing your career, meeting and marrying your perfect partner, producing three wonderful kids, owning a holiday home in Mustique and having a drop-dead gorgeous life. In which case, we applaud you.
If, on the other hand, you need the cheat codes, then this book will give you a nudge. Redefining the genre of ‘self-help comedy, ‘ Shine is a book about the brevity of life. It contains adult themes of mortality, change, exhaustion and unrelenting pressure.
Thankfully, the bleakness is done with humour and the solutions are entertaining, do-able and uplifting. Shine is the literary equivalent of ‘ctrl/alt/delete.’ All you have to do is read the book, keep an open mind, and apply the learning. You will experience a personal re-boot with new mental software installed, upgrading you to ‘best possible self.’
It’s a very simple process that also happens to be ‘not very easy.’ Because, of course, if being your best self was easy, everybody would be doing it. The average lifespan is 4000 weeks. Look around and you’ll see too many people having a ‘near life experience.’ They’re alive, but not living. Truth time: life’s a short and precious gift that’s hurtling by in a blur. If you want to make a dent in the universe, it’s time to wake up. We figure that if you’re going to rise, you may as well shine. Laugh and learn while you: Rediscover your ability to ping out of bed every single day with fire in your belly and a smile on your face. Identify what really matters in your life and how to stop stressing about the stuff that doesn’t.
Remember how to focus on all that makes you happy and cut the nonsense that worries you for no reason. Give up your low-level grumbling and experience the joy that comes when you focus on achieving all that you’ve ever wanted. Find out just how easy it is boost your energy and increase your motivation. Discover how to break free from ‘ordinary’ and embrace a life of ‘extraordinary.’ Figure out how to channel your inner Mary Poppins.
Improving your everyday life may seem like a major hurdle, but Be Happy! teaches us how to chip away at our problems with daily behaviour until they’re manageable.
Be Happy’s techniques are based in the science of Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, the very movements responsible for millions of people improving their well-being. You will learn strategies like choosing joy and gratitude, cultivating positive thought and vision, and making space for good things in your life. Become a happier version of yourself by adjusting your daily routine with these powerful tools!
There’s no set of habits more important than those that help you thrive, and because these tools are quick, simple, and enjoyable to use, integrating Be Happy! into your daily life will be a breeze.
Women Who Love Too Much
Is having ‘somebody to love’ the most important thing in your life? Do you constantly believe in Mr Right, and that being with him would guarantee you would no longer feel depressed or lonely? Are you bored with ‘nice guys’ who are open, honest and dependable?
If being in love means being in pain, this book was written for you. Leading relationship and marriage therapist Robin Norwood describes loving too much as a pattern of thoughts and behaviour, which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood.
Many women find themselves repeatedly drawn into unhappy and destructive relationships with men. They then struggle to make these doomed relationships work. This bestselling relationship self-help book investigates and reveals how powerfully addictive these unhealthy relationships are – but also gives a very specific programme for recovery from the disease of loving too much, a problem that plagues women everywhere.
Women Who Think Too Much
It’s no surprise that our fast-paced, overly self-analytical culture is pushing many people – especially women – to spend countless hours thinking about negative ideas, feelings, and experiences. Renowned psychologist Dr Susan Nolen-Hoeksema calls this overthinking, and her groundbreaking research shows that an increasing number of women – more than half of those in her extensive study – are doing it too much and too often, leading to sadness, anxiety, and depression.
In Women Who Think Too Much, Nolen-Hoeksema shows us what causes so many women to be overthinkers and provides concrete strategies that can be used to escape these negative thoughts, move to higher ground, and live more productively. Women Who Think Too Much will change lives, and is destined to become a self-help classic.
Life Lesson from a 40 something
So, whether you are fresh out of college and looking for guidance on how to figure out this whole “adulting” thing.
Or, if you are young at heart, with a secret ambition or dream goal on the back-burner and feel too afraid to take the leap.
In ‘Life Lessons from a 40 something…’ Pamela Sommers, an award-winning entrepreneur reveals her tips and advice, with real life stories to help you overcome your fears, motivate you to be the best you can be and to go for your dreams.
She has learned the hard way, so you don’t have to.
The Emotionally Abused Woman
“A sensible book, full of insight and hope,”* that offers support and guidance in freeing emotionally abused women from the cycle of abuse and establishing new healthy patterns of relating to others.
– Does your husband or lover constantly criticize you and put his needs before yours?
– Do you sometimes wonder if your best friend is truly a friend?
– Does your boss try to control your every move?
– Does your fear of being left alone keep you in chronically hurtful relationships?
If any of these questions sound familiar, you could very well be suffering from emotional abuse–the most widespread but also the most hidden abuse that women experience. This type of abuse is just as damaging as physical or sexual abuse.
The modern world is full of change and upheaval. However, in this inspirational book, Louise Hay reveals that true changes come from within. She points out that when we, as women, are willing to shift our internal ground, we operate on a much more expanded level in life.
Louise’s goal was to see all women experience self-love, self-worth, self-esteem, and a powerful place in society. You’ll see how Louise’s penetrating insights from decades ago are still just as relevant today. In her inimitably warm and forthright manner, she demonstrates how women of all ages and backgrounds can make the coming years the most productive, fulfilling, and empowering one’s ever.
Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you’re a woman.
For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It’s a “Brotopia,” where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties.
In this powerful exposé, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don’t Be Evil! Connect the World!)–and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.
Get ready to shed everything that’s weighing you down, treat your body like a beloved friend, and seize each day like you mean it!
You are more than your body; you are a badass, whole woman with big dreams, big feelings, and big potential—but right now, you’re also physically bigger than you want to be. What are you hiding behind that shield of overeating? Who do you want to be when you put down the shield and take on life’s battles Bare?
Once you finally drop the shield, you naturally drop the weight.
In her second book, Bare, Susan Hyatt presents a badass, feminist approach to transforming your body and your life.
You Are a Goddess
You know ‘the Goddess’ as a divine feminine figure of myth, art and faith – but are you aware that, in truth, the Goddess is a life force that lives in you? Did you know that your multi-faceted experiences of life as a woman are influenced by Goddess consciousness? Do you sense that you have a hidden feminine energy that longs to be seen, accepted, valued – and used for a healing purpose?
In this highly engaging and stirring book, leading intuitive Sophie Bashford takes you on a journey to meet nine Goddess archetypes, which will help you to:
* understand the many ups and downs, emotions and cycles of your life through the ‘eyes of the Goddess’
* discover how the Goddesses can ignite your spiritual growth and uncover your feminine healing gifts
* learn how to work with each Goddess for self-healing, positive inner change and empowerment
* get in touch with a divine feminine support and healing system comprising nine archetypes – including Kali, Mary Magdalene, Aphrodite and Isis
Why Men Love Bitches
Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov’s Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a “yes woman” who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask:
· Why are men so romantic in the beginning and why do they change?
· Why do men take nice girls for granted?
· Why does a man respect a woman when she stands up for herself?
Full of advice, hilarious real-life relationship scenarios, “she says/he thinks” tables, and the author’s unique “Attraction Principles,” Why Men Love Bitches gives you bottom-line answers. It helps you know who you are, stand your ground, and relate to men on a whole new level. Once you’ve discovered the feisty attitude men find so magnetic, you’ll not only increase the romantic chemistry—you’ll gain your man’s love and respect with far less effort.
Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters
The best news on the planet is that your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be happy. In fact, author Karen C.L. Anderson will take it a step further and say, your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be free, peaceful, contented, and joyful.
You can emotionally separate without guilt: Inspired by her own journey, Anderson’s Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration shows women how to emotionally separate from their mothers without guilt and anxiety so they can finally create a life based on their own values, desires, needs, and preferences. Not to mention being able to like and respect themselves during the process.
Mindfulness for Women
No matter who we are, or what stage of life we are at, we all long for similar things; to be happy, connected with others, in touch with a sense of calm and peace, vital, alive and joyful. And we long to be able to ride out the tough patches that hit all of us from time to time with some degree of grace and dignity.
The good news is that we can fulfil these longings at any time, in any place. They are only a moment away, a breath away. We can learn how to be comfortable with our body, know and understand our mind, and love our heart. It isn’t difficult, long-winded or time-consuming. In doing so you’ll feel happier in your own skin, less stressed, more confident, more capable and more at ease with yourself and life.
This is what Mindfulness for Women is about. It is a practical guide to coming home to yourself in each present moment. To finding the ledge behind the waterfall. To resting in the depths of the ocean rather than being tossed about by surface waves.
Miki Agrawal has faced patriarchal pushback, fought girl-on-girl hate, ridden the roller coaster of building businesses as a female CEO, and even overcome an attempt to burn her for witchcraft (figuratively).
In order to navigate the complicated–at times maddening–struggles of contemporary femininity, we need an unabashed manifesto for the modern woman that inspires us to move past outrage and take positive steps on the personal, professional, and societal levels.
This manifesto galvanizes us to action in 13 major areas of our lives with as much fire power as possible. These are the credos we live by, the advice we give to friends, the tenets we instill in our companies and peers on a daily basis. Stories of badass female movers and shakers are shared in this book too to give you an extra jolt of “I’ve got this.” It’s a whole body F*CK YES to your work, your love, your relationships, and your mission–while doing it all authentically, unapologetically, and with full integrity.
If Women Rose Rooted
Aged 30, Sharon Blackie found herself weeping in the car park of the multinational corporation where she worked, wondering if this was what a nervous breakdown felt like. Somewhere along the line, she realised, she had lost herself – and so began her long journey back to authenticity, rootedness in place and belonging.
In this extraordinary book of myth, memoir and modern-day mentors (from fashion designers to lawyers), Blackie faces the wasteland of Western culture, the repression of women, and the devastation of our planet. She boldly names the challenge: to reimagine women’s place in the world, and to rise up, firmly rooted in our own native landscapes and the powerful Celtic stories and wisdom which sprang from them.
A haunting heroine’s journey for every woman who finds inspiration and solace in the natural world.
Women of Substances
Journalist Jenny Valentish takes a gendered look at drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way. Mining the expertise of 35 leading researchers, clinicians and psychiatrists, she explores the early predictors of addictive behaviour, such as trauma, temperament and impulsivity.
Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours – such as eating disorders, compulsive buying and high-risk sex – are interchangeable with problematic substance use. From her childhood in suburban Slough to her chaotic formative years in the London music scene, we follow her journey to Australia, where she experiences firsthand treatment facilities and AA groups, and reflects whether or not they are meeting the needs of women.
Woman of Substances is an insightful, rigorous and brutally honest read. In Australia it was nominated for a prestigious Walkley Book Award.