Dr. Wu’s Book Recommendations

Here are some books that I find helpful and informative, and that I sincerely recommend as a psychologist to my clients regarding particular topics. I personally have copies of all of the following books, as I find them to be the best choice and coverage for their topics. I strongly encourage you to check out and purchase these books if you would like to take matters in your own hands or find any of the topics interesting.

For My Clients: If you are one of my clients and I personally recommended a specific book or multiple books for you to read and use for bibliotherapy, please check the secure message I sent to you in your Client Portal for the direct links. You can also find the links below.

To learn more about each book, click on the book cover image or the link.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT
By Russ Harris

If you have a tendency to struggle with your thoughts and avoid, this is the perfect book for you. In this book, you will learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a type of therapy that focuses on mindfulness, values-based living, and accepting things as they are, so that you can reduce stress, overcome fear, and create a rich and meaningful life.

The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A User-Friendly Guide to ACT
By Russ Harris & Bev Aisbett

If you’re a visual learner and typically prefer an easy-to-read, illustrated version of a book, this is the perfect book for you. In this book, you will learn about “The Happiness Trap” (same content as the book to the left), but in a fun, quick, and easy way. With ACT, you will learn to reduce stress and worry, break self-defeating patterns, handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively, overcome insecurity and self-doubt, and recognize and treasure the whole range of emotions that comprise a satisfying life.


Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find–And Keep–Love
By Amir Levine, M.D., and Rachel S. F. Heller, M.A.

This is a life-changing, easy-to-digest book about adult attachment and its impact on our romantic and interpersonal relationships that will help you: 1) decipher your adult attachment style, and 2) identify your partner’s attachment style. In this book, you will also explore and understand what happens when your attachment style clashes with your partner’s attachment style. This book will teach you how to improve your relationship skills by establishing effective communication and working things out when dealing with conflict.

Borderline Personality

Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder
By Paul Mason

If your loved one struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), this comprehensive book will guide you on how to navigate your relationship with this person to avoid being hurt and learn how to stop walking on eggshells.

I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality
By Jerold J. Kreisman
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If you or a loved one struggles with Borderline Personality traits or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), this book is a great resource to learn about the symptoms of BPD, causes, and impact of BPD, as well as coping skills to help regulate emotion and tolerate distress.

Introverts & Extroverts (Yes, YOU!)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
By Susan Cain

Are you an introvert, extrovert, or maybe ambivert? In this eye-opening and informative book about personality and temperament and its impact on who we are, how we show up in this world, and our social interactions and interpersonal relationships, you’ll be surprised about all the solid facts about introverts vs. extroverts, and the main differences between the two, from our social interactions to our biological brain functioning. A must-read if you are an introvert!


The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
By Haemin Sunim

In this beautifully illustrated book, you will learn to incorporate mindfulness in your daily life. Specific areas that are covered include rest, mindfulness, passion, relationships, love, life, the future, spirituality, and your original face.

Parent-Child Relationships

Like Father, Like Daughter: How Father Shapes the Woman His Daughter Becomes
By Suzanne Fields

This is an important book that describes how one’s father can and will shape the woman that she becomes. Both the absence or presence of this father figure in children’s lives have a profound impact on their attachment style, trust, sense of security, and way of looking at and being in the world. If you want to learn more about the significance and nuances of a father-daughter relationship, this book is a must-read.

Personal Growth

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear

Do you have bad habits that you are repeating over and over again? An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is not only small, but easy to repeat and make a habit of. James Clear explains, if you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done. This book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about habit formation and accomplishing more by focusing on less.

Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy
by Panache Desai

Are you feeling stuck or lost in life? This is a great, easy-to-read book that will help you discover your purpose, passion, and joy in life and also address your complex emotions in specifically 33 days.

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