The Ambition Decisions by Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace is a terrific read for moms, new-moms, to-be moms, and even dads! This book aims to help women think about career and family in a new way. It breaks down “types” of moms into three categories: “High Achievers”, “Opt Outers”, and “Flex Lifers”. Essentially the women that are in high power jobs and are often times the bread winners in a family, the women that stay home full time, and the women that try to do it all. I think they miss a great big group of women who work as hard as high achievers because they have to. The book isn’t all that scientific, as it’s mostly a bunch of interviews the authors did with women they know. However, I still think it’s a great book for someone who is considering what their life will look like with kids, or people interested in entering the work force after a period of leave. I personally really enjoyed it.
Braving the Wilderness: the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone by Brene Brown is a universally appealing book. Who hasn't felt like they did not belong at some point? The short of it is pretty simple, to feel like you belong you have to be yourself. The book touches on other topics related to belonging like self-worth, anxiety, and depression. It's part personal anecdotes and part research. It's a delightful read (or listen! It's read by the author).
This book by Meg Jay, PhD is a must read, even if you aren't in your twenties. Ideally it is for those approaching their 20's and in their 20's. I highly recommend this book to other therapists and counselors.
This book provides anecdotal stories alongside research as to why our 20's matter! So many people spend their 20's wandering, trying to have experiences, avoiding getting tied down, and generally just waiting to get their life together until they hit age 30. The author tries to emphasize how career and relationship choices do matter in our 20's. She emphasizes personality development, and changes in the brain that are affected by our choices. She discusses unresolved issues of identity and social network "keeping up with the Jones's" as potentially isolating or negative information that holds us back. This book encourages the young 20 something to claim their adulthood because when you do you will reap life long positive impacts (higher incomes, satisfying careers, family and relationships, etc). Go read it!
This is a book about how to get more of what you want out of your marriage by applying common economic principles to your particular situation. The different economic concepts you’ll learn are as follows: division of labor, loss aversion, supply and demand, moral hazard, incentives, trade-offs, asymmetric information, intertemporal choice, bubbles, and game theory. Applying these theories as the sole solution to a problem a couple is having sometimes seems too simplistic. However, I found this book to be a creative way to start thinking about common marital issues such as dividing chores, childcare, planning date nights, dysfunctional communication, sex, and more. The book is very approachable, easy to read, and easy to understand. It would be good as a self-help read for couples looking to improve their relationship, AND for therapists/counselors who might be able to use these concepts in their treatment practice.