100 Books Every Psychology and/or Counseling Doctoral Student Should Read

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Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl 170 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR American Psychiatric Association 99 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 79 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy Irvin D. Yalom 77 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety Scott Stevens 71 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their PatientsIrvin D. Yalom 66 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey 60 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales Oliver Sacks 57 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

A Child Called It (Dave Pelzer #1) Dave Pelzer 50 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen 51 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹¹ Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 48 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹² On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy Carl R. Rogers 38 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹³ An Unquiet Mind Kay Redfield Jamison 36 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁴ The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 36 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁵ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 33 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁶ Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Daniel Goleman 33 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁷ A Beautiful Mind Sylvia Nasar 31 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁸ Man and His Symbols C.G. Jung 30 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁹ Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence — From Domestic Abuse to Political TerrorJudith Lewis Herman 29 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁰ The Art of Loving Erich Fromm 29 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²¹ The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s NotebookBruce D. Perry 27 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²² Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel 26 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²³ The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy Irvin D. Yalom 26 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁴ Existential Psychotherapy Irvin D. Yalom 25 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁵ The Sociopath Next Door Martha Stout 25 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁶ Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain 25 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁷ Dibs in Search of Self Virginia M. Axline 24 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁸ The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls 23 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

²⁹ The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual GrowthM. Scott Peck 23 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁰ The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories Charlotte Perkins Gilman 23 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³¹ The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell 23 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³² The Manufactured Identity (Manufactured Identity, #1) Heath Sommer 21 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³³ When Nietzsche Wept Irvin D. Yalom 21 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁴ The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self Alice Miller 20 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁵ Lord of the Flies William Golding 21 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁶ Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men Lundy Bancroft 20 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁷ The Dance Of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate RelationshipsHarriet Lerner 19 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁸ What’s Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct Martha Char Love 18 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

³⁹ I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Hannah Green 19 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁰ Speak Laurie Halse Anderson 18 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴¹ I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality Jerold J. Kreisman 19 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴² The Invisible Game: Mindset of a Winning Team Zoltan Andrejkovics 17 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴³ The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Miguel Ruiz 18 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁴ The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness Elyn R. Saks 17 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁵ Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls Mary Pipher 18 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁶ Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Clarissa Pinkola Estés 18 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁷ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Robert M. Pirsig 17 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁸ Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Jon Kabat-Zinn 17 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁴⁹ Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities Flora Rheta Schreiber 16 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁰ Son of a Serial Killer Jams N. Roses 15 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵¹ Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Marya Hornbacher 15 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵² Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness William Styron 16 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵³ Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs 15 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁴ The Lost Boy (Dave Pelzer #2) Dave Pelzer 15 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁵ Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life Susan Forward 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁶ A Man Named Dave (Dave Pelzer #3) Dave Pelzer 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁷ Games People Play Eric Berne 15 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁸ The Prophet Kahlil Gibran 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁵⁹ Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁰ The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Eckhart Tolle 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶¹ The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness R.D. Laing 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶² Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous 14 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶³ A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy Annie G. Rogers 13 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁴ The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Anne Fadiman 13 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁵ Dry Augusten Burroughs 13 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁶ Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change William R. Miller 13 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁷ An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales Oliver Sacks 13 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁸ Lying on the Couch Irvin D. Yalom 12 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁶⁹ The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct Thomas Szasz 12 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁰ Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s John Elder Robison 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷¹ In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction Gabor Maté 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷² The Grand Delusion (Manufactured Identity, Book #2) Heath Sommer 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷³ The Human Obsession (Manufactured Identity, Book #3) Heath Sommer 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁴ Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism Temple Grandin 12 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁵ People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil M. Scott Peck 12 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁶ The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Ellen Bass 12 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁷ The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works 9i) C.G. Jung 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁸ Drinking: A Love Story Caroline Knapp 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁷⁹ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁰ Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy David D. Burns 11 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸¹ Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment Martin E.P. Seligman 10 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸² Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers Robert M. Sapolsky 10 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸³ Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult 10 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁴ Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt 10 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁵ Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself Melody Beattie 10 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁶ Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love Robert Karen 9 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁷ The Red Book: Liber Novus C.G. Jung 9 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁸ Cut Patricia McCormick 9 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁸⁹ Goddesses in Everywoman Jean Shinoda Bolen 10 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁰ The Manufacture of Madness Thomas Szasz 9 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹¹ The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Andrew Solomon 9 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹² A Guide to the Present Moment Noah Elkrief 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹³ The Undiscovered Self C.G. Jung 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁴ The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness Lori Schiller 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁵ My Lobotomy Howard Dully 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁶ Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics R.D. Laing 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁷ When Bad Things Happen to Good People Harold S. Kushner 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁸ On Death and Dying Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

⁹⁹ Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry William Glasser 8 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

¹⁰⁰ The Night Child Anna Quinn 7 ᵖᵉᵒᵖˡᵉ ᵛᵒᵗᵉᵈ

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