The Most Innovative Self Help Books of 2021

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

By Nedra Glover Tawwab

Rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the techniques shared by an influential therapist help us identify and express our needs clearly—and resolve a key issue behind codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.

Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion by Wendy Suzuki

Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion

By Wendy Suzuki

Drawing on her own intimate struggles and based on cutting-edge research, an NYU psychologist has developed an inspiring guidebook for managing unwarranted anxiety and turning it into a powerful asset. Listening to our anxieties from a place of curiosity, and without fear, can actually guide us onto a path that leads to joy. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Wendy Suzuki, in the Next Big Idea App

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving

By Celeste Headlee

While work tries to worm its way into every waking moment, an award-winning journalist reminds us that we can and should set some time aside for ourselves. In other words, it really is okay to sit back and do nothing. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Celeste Headlee, in the Next Big Idea App

Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change by Christian Jarrett

Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change

By Christian Jarrett

“Life isn’t about finding yourself,” George Bernard Shaw once said. “Life is about creating yourself.” In Be Who You Want, a cognitive neuroscientist shares research-backed advice for turning Shaw’s words into action, showing how anyone can change their personality to become more emotionally stable, extraverted, open-minded, and more. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Christian Jarrett, in the Next Big Idea App

The Child in You: The Breakthrough Method for Bringing Out Your Authentic Self by Stefanie Stahl

The Child in You: The Breakthrough Method for Bringing Out Your Authentic Self

By Stefanie Stahl

At long last, this million-copy international bestseller is available for English-speaking readers. A clinical psychologist explains how to shed past traumas and societal pressures to uncover your most joyful, most authentic self. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Stefanie Stahl, in the Next Big Idea App

How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman

How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

By Katy Milkman

A Wharton professor shares strategic methods for identifying and overcoming common barriers to change, such as impulsivity, procrastination, and forgetfulness. Whether you’re a teacher or coach trying to change someone else or simply trying to change yourself, this is a science-based blueprint for achieving your goals. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Katy Milkman, in the Next Big Idea App

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions into My Best Life

By Lauren Martin

With a good job and healthy relationships, the author seemed to have it all—but she couldn’t shake persistent feelings of inferiority, irritability, and more. The Book of Moods is her deep dive into what causes such negative emotions, what purpose they serve, and how anyone can manage them more effectively. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Lauren Martin, in the Next Big Idea App

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