THE ULTIMATE CHANGE-WORKER’S READING LIST… SO FAR!
The rapid change matters podcast is now 1 year old!!!! Woo hoo! Release the party poppers and bring out the cake! (Ok.. just me then…)
However, to celebrate I thought I would but together a list called the “Ultimate change-workers reading list… so far!”
But where has this come from?
Well, as you know we are now on episode 40 of the podcast. These are in depth interviews and conversations with some of the worlds leading “therapists” and ‘agents of change’ who are out there getting real results with real people… really quickly! And…
One of the questions that I almost always ask on the podcast is,
“Can you recommend any books to our listeners?… Those “stand-out” books that have massively influenced the work you do or have inspired in you in some way!”
So what follows is a full list of all the books that have then been recommended when asked that question.
The interesting thing for me is when you begin to hear the books that keep being mentioned because, guess what? If top change-workers keep recommending the same books… I know which ones I’m going to start reading!
So without further ado… let me give you the top 17 books.
THE TOP 17 MOST RECOMMENDED BOOKS!
1) Monsters and Magical Sticks: Or, There’s No Such Thing as Hypnosis by Steven Heller – Recommended by 6 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
2) My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson by Sidney Rosen – Recommended by 6 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
3) Human Givens: The New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking by Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell – Recommended by 4 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
4) Frogs into Princes: Introduction to Neurolinguistic Programming by Richard Bandler and John Grinder – Recommended by 3 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
5) Trance-formations: Neurolinguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis by John Grinder & Richard Bandler – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
6) Provocative Hypnosis by Jørgen Rasmussen – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
7) Wordweaving: The Science of Suggestion by Trevor Silvester – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
8) Trancework: An introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis by Michael D. Yapko – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
9) Provocative Therapy by Frank Farrelly & Jeffrey M. Brandsma – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
10) Using Your Brain: For a Change by Richard Bandler – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
11) Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H.Erickson: v. 1 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
12) Provocative Coaching: Making Things Better By Making Them Worse by Jaap Hollander – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
13) Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. by Jay Haley – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
14) The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neuro-linguist’s Journal by Andrew T. Austin – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
15) Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
16) Magic in Action by Richard Bandler – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
17) Body Language: It′s What You Don′t Say That Matters by Robert Phipps – Recommended by 2 of the past Rapid Change Matters guests!
BUT WHAT ELSE?
Whilst the above list contains those recommended reads that seemed to pop up multiple times, it doesn’t mean to say that the books below aren’t also fantastic. Whilst they didn’t happen to have been recommended independently by multiple change-workers (yet…) they have inspired and directed many past guest’s thinking.
OTHER NLP & HYPNOSIS RELATED BOOKS:
- Trances People Live: Healing Approaches in Quantum Psychology by Stephen Wolinsky
- The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis: Theory, Research and Practice Edited by Michael R. Nash and Amanda J. Barnier
- Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach by Steven Jay Lynn and Irving Kirsch
- Six Blind Elephants: volumes 1 + 2: Understanding Ourselves and Each Other by Steve Andreas
- The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid, the Father of Hypnotherapy by James Braid
- Phoenix: Therapeutic Patterns of Milton H.Erickson by David Gordon
- Transforming Therapy: New Approach to Hypnotherapy by Gil Boyne
- Suggestions of Abuse by Michael D. Yapko
- The Open-focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body by Les Fehmi
- Jay Haley On Milton H. Erickson by Jay Haley
- No Worries!: A World Champion Sportsman, Trainer and Hypnotherapist shows you how to overcome stress and anxiety forever and live life to the full! by Gary Turner
- The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts by Ernest Rossi
- Teaching Excellence by Richard Bandler & Kate Benson
- The Instant Hypnosis and Rapid Inductions Guidebook by Rory Z Fulcher
- 101 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Using Hypnosis Hardcover by Dabney Ewin
- Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis by Robin Waterfield
- Provocative Suggestions: A No Bullshit Combination of Hypnosis, NLP and Psychology with Difficult Clients by Jørgen Rasmussen
- Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality by Tad James & Wyatt Woodsmall
- Presenting Magically: Transforming Your Stage Presence With NLP by David Shephard & Tad James
- Ericksonian Approaches: A Comprehensive Manual by Rubin Battino MS & Thomas L. South
- Expectation: The Very Brief Therapy by Rubin Battino
- Turtles All the Way Down: Prerequisites To Personal Genius by John Grinder & Judith DeLozier
- Transforming Negative Self-Talk: Practical, Effective Exercises by Steve Andreas
- Taproots: Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson’s Therapy and Hypnosis by Bill O`hanlon
OTHER “CHANGE-WORK” RELATED BOOKS:
- Human Givens: The New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking by Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell
- Provocative Therapy by Frank Farrelly & Jeffrey M. Brandsma
- Provocative Coaching: Making Things Better By Making Them Worse by Jaap Hollander
- Body Language: It′s What You Don′t Say That Matters by Robert Phipps
- Clean Language:Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds by Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees
- Anxiety Disorders: The Go-to Guide for Clients and Therapists by Carolyn Daitch
OTHER “PSYCHOLOGICAL” BOOKS OF INTEREST:
- Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
- The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain Mcgilchrist
- The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo
- The Act of Creation by Arthur Koestler
- Memory by Alan Baddeley, Michael W. Eysenck, Michael C. Anderson
- An Introduction to Brain and Behavior by Bryan Kolb , Ian Q. Whishaw
- Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook by Michael W. Eysenck and Mark T. Keane
- Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning by Benjamin K. Bergen
- The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by Pennebaker, James W
- Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body by Jo Marchant
- The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundatons of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation by Stephen Porges
- Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne
- The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch PhD
- The Genie in Your Genes by Dawson Church Ph.D.
- The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton
- Explain Pain by Lorimer Moseley & David Butler
- The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Norretranders
- Philosophy in the Flesh : The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought by Lakoff, George, Johnson, Mark
OTHER PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT RELATED BOOKS:
- Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins
- The Healing Power of Illness: Understanding What Your Symptoms Are Telling You by Ruediger Dahlke (Author), Thorwald Dethlefsen
- Effective Birth Preparation: Your Practical Guide to a Better Birth by Maggie Howell
- Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance by Matthew Syed
- The Monographs – A comprehensive manual on all you need to know to become an expert Deductionist by Ben Cardall
- 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen
- Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain by Sue Gerhardt
- Why Kindness is Good For You by David R. Hamilton
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
- The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook to Find Your Message, Build a Tribe, and Change the World by Russell Brunson
- Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine by Derren Brown
- Grow!: Personal development for parents by Trevor Silvester
- Spark: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain by Dr John J. Ratey, Eric Hagerman, & John Ratey
- Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up by James Hollis
- F**k It – Do What You Love by John Parkin
OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:
These aren’t specific books that were recommended… more a list of articles/authors of interest that were recommended.
- Works by Emilé Coué
- Works by Theodore Barber
- Works by Irving Kirsch
- Works by Nicholas Spanos
- Hypnosis and Conscious States: The Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective by Graham Jamieson (Editor)
- ARTICLE: Hypnotic Suggestion and the Modulation of Stroop Interferenceby Amir Raz, PhD; Theodore Shapiro, MD; Jin Fan, PhD; Michael I. Posner, PhD
- Books by Irvin Yalom
- Works by Dr Milton H Erickson
- Books by Louise Hay
My special award for… MOST BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS ON A SINGLE PODCAST goes to… GARY ‘SMILER’ TURNER, Hypnotherapist, Personal Trainer for Fight Sports, and Performance Expert. With an impressive contribution of 11 books to this list… that’s over 10%!
This, by the way, is also in addition to it being a great interview!
Well done, Gary 😉 !!! In fact… you can hear it for yourselves… here:
Having said all that… a few podcast guests would not be drawn into recommending books. Mainly due to the fact that they worry, rightly so, that one could become guilty of reading so much that they get disempowered to go and make their own connections from practical direct experience.
So I think a healthy does of “going for it… and discovering stuff for yourself” should always be recommended before getting too invovled with the written word!