Most of my non-fiction reading is related to what I’m studying/ have studied at uni – genetics and now counselling. Although these areas are separate, there’s a fascinating intersection when you start looking at the role of instinct, intuition, nature/nurture and fields such as neuroplasticity.
Like this week’s Nonfiction November host, Sophisticated Dorkiness, I’m going to break the rules a little bit and offer up a list that’s a combination of Be the Expert and Become the Expert – three books about the intersection between our physical being and our psychological being.
The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing by Judith Rapoport – there are probably hundreds of more up-to-date books about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) than this one however, when I read it at age 14, it launched my interest in books about the intersect between the physical and psychological being.
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge – a truly engaging look at neuroplasticity using fascinating case studies to explain how people have overcome trauma, brain injury and illness by ‘re-wiring’ their thinking. I’m currently reading Doidge’s most recent book on neuroplasticity, The Brain’s Way of Healing.
The Boy Who Loved Too Much by Jennifer Latson – haven’t read this one yet but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the story of a boy with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that makes people biologically incapable of distrust.
“…it has been described to me as a ‘cocktail party syndrome’ that made people socially fearless, quick to greet strangers and to strike up a charming conversation laden with compliments and endearments.”
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