Things You Love

Although ultimately we all have to work out what works the best for us, you might wish to know what others have found inspiring or helpful.

As a part of the People’s Stories Project, this section is created by gathering all the books, writers, role-models, artists and other supportive resources you have shared with me.

It is a wonderful feeling when we connect via a shared love for the arts.

Where an item appears more than once, their subsequent mentions are indicated with asterisks (** = appears twice; *** = appears three times).

As an entirely un-scientific process, my work is prone to human error. I apologise in advance for any missing items, miscalculations and broken links. Please feel free to let me know if you notice anything odd!




1984– George Orwell

7 Habits of Highly effective People– Stephen Covey

A Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger

A Passage to India – E M Forster

Addiction and Grace -Gerald May

All My Puny Sorrows– Miriam Toews

Attached – Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

Being Mortal– Atul Gawande

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear– Elizabeth Gilbert

Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

Buddha’s Brain – Rick Hansen

Come As You Are – Emily Nagoski

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving– Pete Walker **

Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl

Desiderata -Max Ehrmann

Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence for Dummies – Steven Stein

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway– Susan Jeffers

Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life – Father Christopher Jamison

Get Me Out Of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder- Rachel Reiland

Happy– Derren Brown

His Dark Materials– Philip Pullman

Homage to Catalonia– George Orwell

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts– Gabor Mate

If This Is a Man / The Truce – Primo Levi

Living an Examined Life– James Hollis

Living with Intensity – Susan Daniels, Michael M Piechowski

Looking into Mind – Anthony Damiani

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

Matilda– Roald Dahl

Meditations– Marcus Aurelis

Meeting the Madwoman: An Inner Challenge for Feminine Spirit – Linda Leonard

Mr Palomar – Italo Calvino

Personality-Shaping Through Positive Disintegration – Kazimierz Dabrowski

Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen

Reasons to Stay Alive– Matt Haig

Running on Empty: Overcoming Your Childhood Emotional Neglect– Jonice Webb **

Strangers- Dean Koontz

Sula – Toni Morrison

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Awakened Heart- Gerald May

The Body Keeps The Score – Bessel van der Kolk

The Bronte Sisters– The Bronte Sisters

The Courage To Be Disliked– Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

The Examined Life– Stephen Grosz

The Famished Road– Ben Okri

The Highly Sensitive Person– Elaine Aron *****

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

The Jealousy WorkbookKathy Labriola

The Life You’ve Always Wanted– John Ortberg

The Perks of Being a Wallflower– Stephen Chbosky

The Road Back to Me– Lisa A. Romano

The Road Less Travelled– Scott Peck **

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

The Sensitives: Dynamics and Dangers of Mysticism – Paul Brunton

The Wild Edge of Sorrow – Francis Weller

The Worm At The Core– Sheldon Soloman et al.

Thinking Fast and Slow– Daniel Kahneman

When Breath Becomes Air- Paul Kalanithi

Where The Wild Things Are– Maurice Sendak

Wilful Disregard– Lena Andersson

Women who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes **

Wuthering Heights– Emily Brontë

Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto – Anneli Rufus


Alain de Botton

Alan Watts

Amos Tversky

C.S. Lewis

Eckhart Tolle ***

Elizabeth Goudge

Elyn Saks

Eric Fromm

Ernest Becker

Esther Hicks **

Etty Hillesum

Fernando Pessoa

Frank Tallis

Irvin Yalom**

James Altucher

James Baldwin

J.K. Rowling

John Eldredge

Khalil Gibran

Langston Hughes

Malcolm Gladwell

Mary Karr

Margaret Paul

Maria Valtorta

Matt Haig

Nic Sheff

Nick Flynn

Nora Ephron

Oscar Wilde

Pema Chodron

Pete Walker **


Sarah Blondin

Seth Godin

Sri Aurobindo

Susan Anderson

Sylvia Plath

Wayne Dyer **


Alanis Morissette (singer, songwriter)

Albert Einstein (scientific innovator)

Anne Boleyn (Queen of England)

Barack Obama (the 44th President of the United States)

Buddha (historical figure) ***

Carl Jung (psychiatrist and psychoanalyst)

Dalai Lama (spiritual leader)

Douglas Booth (actor)

Draco Rosa (musician)

Gloria Venderbilt

(artist, author, actress)

Helen Mirren (actress)

Jamie Oliver (chef and restaurateur)

Jesus (historical figure) *****

Jean Alesi (racing driver, F1 champion)

Jean-Paul Sartre (philosopher)

José Rizal (activist, poet, doctor)

Josephine Baker (entertainer, activist)

Judith Hanson Lasater (yoga teacher)

Julius Caesar (Roman politician and military general)

Karl Marx (politician, philosopher)

Kate Upton (model and actress)

Liz Taylor (actress, humanitarian)

Michelangelo (sculptor, painter)

Mahatma Gandhi (social reformer)

Malcolm X (human rights activist)

Meryl Streep (actress)

Michelle Obama (American writer, lawyer) **

Mister Fred Rogers (television personality, writer)

Pope Francis (head of the Catholic Church)

Rosa Parks (American activist)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court)

Salma Hayek (film actress, producer)

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (nun and missionary) **

Sofia Vergara (actress and model)

Susan Hayward (actress and model)

Princess Diana (princess of Wales)**


Bob Marley (1945-1981)

Dave Mustaine (1961-)

Elvis Presley (1935 –1977)

Frédéric François Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Hattie Mcdaniel (1895-1952)

Johnny Cash (1932-2003)

Juke Ross, Shadows in the Dark

Mon Laferte (1983-)

Pearl Jam (1990-)

The Beatles (1960-)

Trevor Hall (1986-) **


A Star is Born (2018)

Brokeback Mountain (2006)

Dawson’s Creek (2006)

Equilibrium (2002)

Gone With the Wind (1940)

Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)

La bamba (1987)

Mary Shelley (2017)

Stuart Little (1999)

The Shape of Water (2018)

Thelma and Louise (1991)

The Lady in the Water (2006)

Whiplash (2014)


Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890)

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) **

Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516)

Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)’


Brain Pickings by Maria Popova (online newsletter)

Help Me Be Me by Sarah May B (podcast)

Insight Timer by Sarah Blondin (app)

On Being by Krista Tippett (online newsletter and podcast)

Neuro-emotional Technique (a healing modality)

Moodscope (web-based app for depression)

Puttylike by Emilie Wapnick (Ted Talk, resources and community)

Sounds True (Publisher, Podcast, Community)

The Enneagram (personality profiling system)

The Myers Briggs and Keirsey Temperament (personality profiling system)

The Pathwork Foundation (website, lectures)

The Rainforest Mind by Paula Prober (blog, resources on giftedness )

Tolan Stephanie’s website (resources on giftedness)

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