Lori Gottlieb's Books to Boost Mental Health

Goodreads asked author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb to share her recommended reading list with us. Gottlieb is the author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. She also writes The Atlantic's weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column.

From Lori Gottlieb: "As an author who also happens to be a therapist, I love to 'prescribe' books to my patients that I think will hold up a mirror to them and help through their struggles. We even have a term for this: bibliotherapy, and it can happen with a memoir, a novel, poetry, or straight self-help. In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, I share four patients' stories (well, five patients, if you count me!) because I've always felt that other people's stories hold up a mirror to our own, revealing the universality of our experiences. Seeing ourselves on the page makes us 'feel felt': I am seen. I am understood. I am human.

Here are some of my favorite 'prescriptions' that do just that."

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