February Highly Recommended Read
This month’s recommended book is Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and Hope to Find Hope by Johann Hari. You can watch Johann in conversation with Decca Aitkenhead, interviewer for the Guardian from a Thursday lecture at the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) below.
This is a beautiful, deeply moving and journalistically outstanding inquiry into the contemporary treatment of depression and anxiety. Sifting through leading scientists, psychologists, and personal stories as well as his own experience battling overeating and depression, Johann shows how at the root of many of our ills are social and psychological factors, not just genes or faulty brains.
3 reasons to read Lost Connections
1. A great mixture of facts and stories
I found every chapter to be a great mixture of facts and moving stories that help one understand what erodes fulfilment and how to avoid many traps that will add to our hardships. I can use these insights in my life and also as a practitioner.
2. A treasure trove of experts
The book has proved a treasure trove of world experts helping me discover leading researchers to connect with.
3. An inspiring personal story
I found Johann’s personal story and dedication to help others through this journalism inspiring as a practitioner, writer, and thinker. I’m sure you will also.
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More recommended books
This month’s book is “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb. I’m not sure how I came across this book but I’m so glad I did.
I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder is a memoir which talks frankly about depression with awe inspiring honesty.
This month’s recommended book is Dreaming through Darkness by Charlie Morley. Take your first step towards self-love.
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa is an amazing collection of superbly crafted diary entries and musings disguised as a novel.