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The Wilfred Jarvis Institute Recommended Reading List

Some theories and facts about transforming human potentials into mature accomplishments

1. Robert  Coles.  The Moral Intelligence of Children.  Random House. New York. 1997.

The author, one of America’s leading authorities on young people, explores a question crucial for many people today.  “How can you raise children to be good people whose moral character and strong values will steer them through life?”

2. Daniel Goleman. Emotional Intelligence. Bantam Books. New York. 1995.

Is IQ destiny?  Not really as much as we think.  This book argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter increasingly in terms of how we do in life.

3. Alfie Kohn.  The Brighter Side of Human Nature.  Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life. Basic Books. New York. 1990.

      Many theologians, philosophers and other people have concluded that we are “naturally” evil, predisposed towards selfishness and sin.  Kohn offers substantial evidence against this view.

4. Stephen  Jay Gould.  The Mismeasure of  Man.  Collins. London.  1985.

      Countless common sense beliefs about the origins and nature of human abilities are based on errors that have prevented countless people from discovering their intellectual, emotional and behavioral potentials and transforming them into capacities.

 5. Viktor E. Frankl.  Man's Search  for Meaning.   Pocket Books.  New York. 1983.

      After years in Auschwitz and other Nazi prisons, Viktor Frankl was liberated, only to find that almost his entire family had been murdered.  But during, and indeed partly because of the suffering and degradation of those harrowing years, he developed his theory of logotherapy.  He emphasizes the need to achieve unconditional faith in unconditional meanings.

6. Bernie E. Segal.  Prescriptions for Living.   Harper Collins.  New York. 1998.

“This book is dedicated to life and the many reasons it is worth living… the opportunity to love and be loved and our precious moments of shared joy and pain.”

7. Kirk Douglas.  My Stroke of Luck.  Little, Brown. New York. 2002.

He tells us how he conquered a stroke that robbed him of the ability to speak and plunged him in deep depression.

8. 8. Lance Armstrong. It’s Not About the Bike. My Journey Back to Life. Allen & Unwin. New York. 2002.

Armstrong fought against testicular cancer to win the Tour de France for the third time.

9. The Dalai Lama.  The Good Heart.  Random House. Australia. 2002.

10. Dean Ornish Love and Survival:  The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy.  Random House. New York. 1999.

 11. Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas. The Memory  Book.  Barnes and Noble. New York. 1993.

One of the most practical books on achieving super-normal skills in remembering.

 Some readings on leadership:

 12. Robert  A. Wilson (ed.)  Character Above All.  Ten Presidents from FDR to George Bush.  Simon and Schuster. New York. 1995.

Essays on the leadership characteristics of all the US Presidents from Roosevelt to Bush.

 13. John  Adair.  Great Leaders.  Talbot Adair Press. 1989.

Comments on many famous leaders and their personal-professional characteristics.

 14. James MacGregor BurnsTransforming Leadership.  Atlantic Books. New York. 2003.

 15. Donald T. Phillips.  Martin Luther King Jr.  On Leadership.  Warner Books. New York. 1999.

“Inspiration and wisdom for challenging times.”

16. Donald T. Phillips.  Lincoln on LeadershipWarner Books. New York. 1995.

“Executive strategies for tough times.”

17. Kevin Freiberg And Jackie Freiberg.  NUTS - Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. 1996.

“If you take time to read only one business book this year, I strongly encourage you to read NUTS”.  Tom Peters. 

18. Jim Collins. Good To Great.  Random House. 2001.

A group of scientists are examining possible links between the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and peoples’ intellectual habits during their childhood.  Some of the evidence already available prompted one of the investigators to recommend this. “Read to your children every night. Idea density in the brain depends on at least two important learned skills; vocabulary and reading comprehension.  And the best way to increase them is by starting early in life to read to your children. Most of our brain’s growth comes in its earliest years.”

David Snowdon.  Aging with Grace. Bantam Books. New York. 2001.




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