Relationships/Family

Beattie, M. (1987). Codependent No More. Defines codependency and provides strategies for releasing one’s control over others and caring for oneself.

Beattie, M. (1989). Beyond Codependency and Getting Better All the Time. In this follow-up to
Codependent No More, the author shares her own story of recovery and addresses issues such as coping with family, breaking through shame, improving relationships, and dealing with fear of commitment.

Behrendt, G. & Ruotola-Behrent, A. (2005). It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken. The married authors, both of whom experienced bad breakups, have written a book that is both humorous and supportive at the same time. Using personal stories, exercises, and encouragement, they give readers hope that they will survive.

Bloomfield, H. H. Colgrove, M., & McWilliams, P. (1976, 1991, 2000). How to Survive the Loss of aLove. A short, very easy-to-read book that focuses on surviving, healing, and growing after a relationship loss; includes quotes, poems, etc.

Bradshaw, J. (1988). Bradshaw on The Family: A Revolutionary Way of Self Discovery. A tool to help understand and explain dysfunctional families; discusses the effects on adult children and how to make healthy changes.

Engel, B. (2002). The Emotionally Abusive Relationship. Helps identify emotional abuse and get to the roots of this behavior. Uses personal stories and offers strategies for taking action, including making the decision whether to stay or leave.

Evans, P. (1996). The Verbally Abusive Relationship. Talks about how to recognize verbal abuse in various relationships (romantic, family, friends), explores the consequences of verbal abuse, and addresses response and recovery.

Hendrix, H. (1988). Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. Although intended for married couples, provides a useful context for understanding relationships, including a helpful series of exercises, performed both individually and as a couple, to create a relationship vision and improved interactions.

Keirsey, D., & Bates, M. (1984). Please Understand Me. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the book contains a questionnaire which provides classification into one of sixteen types. Each type is described individually and the interactions between the types are discussed.

Korgeski, P. (2008). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Enhancing Your Social IQ. This basic guide helps you to better understand how you respond to social situations and to improve your social interactions with others, from making friends to finding romantic relationships to improving work-related skills.

Katherine, A. (1991). Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin. Describes how boundaries are
essential to healthy relationships and true intimacy. Explains how to recognize if your personal boundaries are being violated and what you can do to protect yourself.

Lerner, H. (1985). The Dance of Anger. Intended for women, this book looks at the patterns of anger in intimate relationships. Aims to help women identify the source of their anger and to change any destructive relationship patterns associated with this anger.

McKay, M., Fanning, P., & Paleg, K. (2006). Couple Skills (2nd Edition). This is a skill-focused book for committed couples who want to improve their relationship; topics including listening, communication, negotiation, problem-solving, and anger/conflict.

Norwood, R. (1985), Women Who Love Too Much. Reviews how women become involved with men who cannot love them back and explores how love can become an addiction. Offers steps towards change, affirmations, and other assistance.

Novotni, M. (1999). What Does Everybody Else Know that I Don’t? Social Skills Help for Adults withAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Using a reader-friendly format, helps those with AD/HD to become more aware of problems with social skills and to take steps towards change.

Pomeroy, D. (1996). When Someone You Love Has Cancer. A guide to coping with the difficult issues that can arise from a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, from the various emotional reactions (e.g., anger, anxiety, fear, denial, resentment, guilt, grief) to more practical concerns.

Provost, J. A. (1990). Work, Play, and Type: Achieving Balance in Your Life. Utilizes the sixteen
personality types from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to discuss how to increase one’s satisfaction with both work and play; includes questions for further thought.

Spence-Diehl, E. (1999). Stalking: A Handbook for Victims. This booklet defines stalking, reviews practical and legal options, and describes ways to plan for safety. Also has specific information about stalking on college campuses and includes several helpful appendices.