Recommended Reading

I've long believed that, to practice psychotherapy effectively, the worst thing you can do is read about psychology! I instead strongly recommend, particularly before graduate school and also in addition to graduate school, that you immerse yourself in literature, philosophy, history, and the like -- these works tell you about how people really live subjectively. Here are some books, in areas ranging from philosophy to psychoanalysis, and also some novels, that I have found particularly inspiring in terms of practicing psychodynamic psychotherapy:

Declarations: Human Rights, Freedom, Independance

United States Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies,[2] then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was passed on July 2 with no opposing vote cast. A committee of five had already drafted the formal declaration, to be ready when Congress voted on independence. The term "Declaration of Independence" is not used in the document itself.

Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1793
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1793 (French: Déclaration des droits de l'Homme et du citoyen de 1793) is a French political document that preceded that country's first republican constitution. The Declaration and Constitution were ratified by popular vote in July 1793, and officially adopted on 10 August; however, they never went into effect, and the constitution was officially suspended on 10 October. It is unclear whether this suspension was thought to effect the Declaration as well. The Declaration was written by the commission that included Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just and Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles during the period of the French Revolution. The main distinction between the Declaration of 1793 and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789 is its egalitarian tendency: equality is the prevailing right in this declaration. The 1793 version included new rights, and revisions to prior ones: to work, to public assistance, to education, and to resist oppression.



How Democracies Die

I Am Not A Brain

Inventing Human Rights

Mind and Cosmos

The Perennial Philosophy

The River of Consciousness

The Sympathizer

The Unconscious Abyss

When Einstein Walked with Godel

Why The World Does Not Exist

To the Lighthouse

Darkness at Noon

Infinite Jest


Living In The End Times

In Defense Of Lost Causes

The Stranger

Crime and Punishment

Notes from Underground and the Double

Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Black Swan

Mrs. Dalloway

The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt and 'The Final Solution'

Beyond Postmodernism: New Dimensions in Clinical Theory and Practice

Quantum Physics for Poets

Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction

Less Than Nothing: Hegel And The Shadow Of Dialectical Materialism

Against Love: A Polemic

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process: A Dialectical-Constructivist View

Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis

Godel's Incompleteness Theorems

I Am a Strange Loop

The Mind's I: Fantasies And Reflections On Self & Soul

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain

The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being

Consciousness Explained

The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain Defies Replication, Medication, and Explanation

Einstein: His Life and Universe

The End of Science

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

The Ethics of Psychoanalysis: The Theory and Method of Autonomous Psychotherapy

The Myth of Psychotherapy: Mental Healing as Religion, Rhetoric, and Repression

The Theology of Medicine: The Political-Philosophical Foundations of Medical Ethics

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Psychotherapy East and West

Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality

Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 14: The Emergence of a Tradition

A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique

Working with the Core Relationship Problem in Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians

The Matrix of the Mind: Object Relations and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue

The End of History and the Last Man

The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday

2666: A Novel

The Third Reich: A Novel

O Pioneers!

A Room of One's Own

Mrs. Dalloway

Anna Karenina

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Bell Jar

On the Road: The Original Scroll

The Subterraneans

Midnight's Children: A Novel

On the Road: The Original Scroll

The Subterraneans

Midnight's Children: A Novel

American Pastoral

Swann's Way

The Things They Carried

The Road

On the Road

Interpreter of Maladies

Talk Talk

Oedipus Rex


Love in the Time of Cholera

Errata: An Examined Life

Crime and Punishment

Don Quixote

A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality

Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy

The Essential Chomsky

The Ever-Present Origin

Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy

The Denial of Death

Madness and Civilization

Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution