Over the past year, I've had the pleasure of interacting with many partners of survivors. What I've learned is that partners are avid readers. We read for inspiration. We read for information and we read to find strength in the midst of overwhelming life circumstances.
I've also learned the following about partners, reading, and books:
1. Many partners are already self-educated about trauma. In the quest for understanding, partners have read books about trauma, recovery, neurobiology, attachment, and more. Almost every partner I've asked has read The Body Keeps the Score.
2. Many partners are already engaged in a journey of personal growth, which includes reading books on this topic. Partners read about wellness, mental and physical health, mindfulness, contemplation, spirituality, and more.
3. Partners are curious and eager to learn about areas of interest that support self-care. Many of us engage in hobbies and interests that require learning new skills. The post 50 Proven Self-Care Solutions for Partners provides examples of self-care activities for partners.
What do partners read?
As you can see, partners read a lot. What do they read?
Here is a list of 25 books as suggested by partners. Each book on this list was read by at least one partner, with the last section of books mentioned by several.
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