Presence by Amy Cuddy

This book changed the way I thought about myself. Now that I've made it my job to help refurbish people's internal conversations, this is one book I recommend everyone read to start manipulating their own mental knots. My Dad recommended this text to me, and sorry not sorry, but as a woman, it addresses what we all experience on a daily basis. Men who read this book should add it to their Bumble, Tinder profiles or whatever. 

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_b...

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk MD

Hands down one of the more pivotal texts I've come across. I like telling people that I study PTS "for fun" because literally I find it interesting, and this book is why. It's easy-read yet in-depth psychology addressing the failure of the DSM to recognize shit, as well as psychologic growth in children versus adults. I almost skipped the children part, because like why read about that, but I have to say some pivotal shit. All of it is in the effort to get people to understand that the body affects the brain, and people live in a very opposite world to that. Accepting that you can't "think" your environment into being different, is also surrendering to it, and relinquishing control. This book is a big deal to me, and if you don't read it you're lazy. 

Source: http://besselvanderkolk.net/the-body-keeps...

Sir Ken Robinson - Schools Kill Creativity

This TED talk is great. There's no reason you can't rip yourself away from watching the drier spin and watch this real quick. Not only is it inspiring and hilarious but it's totally science, in a social analysis way. Schools do mine for one specific part of the brain, and through losing programs like art, music, and physical education, kids lose their aptitude for creativity. I also think there's a healthy state of boredom that every child should find and somehow learn to appreciate. Entertaining yourself is what most adults can't even figure out, and it's mind boggling. The jobs that will need to be filled in the next 20-50 years are going to need creative minds, especially when it comes to problem solving. If kids (and adults) don't take an active interest in living their own lives, then we stop human evolution in its tracks. 

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_say...

Brené Brown - Shame + Vulnerability

These TED Talks are wonderful. They expand on the science of Amy Cuddy and take it to the next level. Approaching the same topic but from alternate angles, these are two women I'd love to see live. Brown approaches her own vulnerability during her first talk, and references it in her second, exploring where shame and vulnerability come from and how they interact with one another. Vulnerability stifles shame, and if you don't attempt to approach your own shame in your lifetime, you aren't living.

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_v...