Books can be a helpful tool in our healing process. Here are some that I find myself recommending again and again.

Books for Highly Sensitive & Empathic Adults

  • The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron

  • The Highly Sensitive Person in Love by Dr. Elaine Aron

  • Highly Sensitive People in an Insensitive World by Ilse Sand

  • The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide by Dr. Ted Zeff

  • Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person by Barrie Jaeger

  • The Power of Sensitivity: Success Stories by Highly Sensitive People Thriving in a Non-sensitive World by Ted Zeff

  • Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person by Tracey M. Cooper

  • The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, M.D.

Additional Books for Adults

  • Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

  • Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic by Esther Perel

  • The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Ph.D., LCSW

  • The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, & Courage by Brene Brown, Ph.D., LCSW

  • Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships (Audio book) by Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D.

Parenting Books

  • The Highly Sensitive Child Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them by Dr. Elaine Aron

  • Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes by James Williams

  • Supporting the Highly Sensitive Child: Making Sense of Meltdowns by James Williams

  • The Strong, Sensitive Boy by Ted Zeff

  • Parenting from the Inside Out by Dr. Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

  • Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students by Christine Fonseca

Children’s Books

  • Cool, Calm, and Confident: A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Assertiveness Skills by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW

  • My Great Big Feelings: A Story for Sensitive Children by C.M. Tolentino

  • When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Haske, Illustrated by InSong Nam

  • Angry Octopus by Lori Lite, Illustrated by Max Stasuyk

  • Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein, Illustrated by Shelly Hehenberger

  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

  • My New Best Friend by Sara Marlowe, Illustrated by Ivette Salom

  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig, Illustrated by Abigail Marble

  • Weird! by Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy

  • Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends by Patti Kelley Criswell, Illustrated by Angela Martini, American Girl

  • Siblings: You're Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together (Laugh & Learn®) by James J. Crist, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Verdick