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There is a lot of emphasis on supporting women in the workplace, quite rightly so, but men are also under a number of pressures both personally and professionally. Most importantly, like the old adage that men won’t go to the doctor until a limb is falling off, men are often less likely to admit their vulnerabilities and ask for help. Instead facing a rising pressure and expectation, let's face it mostly from yourself, to be ‘strong’ and masculine.

We have gone through our library of self-help book summaries to find the best self-help books for men, helping you to work on anything from improving your emotional intelligence, boosting your confidence and leadership skills, accepting change and understanding women better - not bad ay? So, get stuck in and prepare to pump up those mind muscles.

Self-help books to increase your emotional intelligence

The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters

You may not have as much control over your thoughts as you think you do. Part of your brain is a wild, irrational beast, and it's up to you to teach it to behave!

The way we humans think isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Our thoughts actually come from three different parts in our brains: a rational, humanlike brain, a...

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Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

When goals are set, we can become so success oriented that we view things in black and white terms: massive triumph or crippling failure. This all-or-nothing thinking means we sell ourselves short; it takes away our rational emotion and our personal relationships can suffer. Forming a clearer understanding of your behaviors—that are heavily influenced by your emotions—will remove many unneeded complications in your life. Whether it’s the people you work with or people very close to you, Emotional Intelligence will help you strengthen your relationships, for clearer mental clarity. Less distractions and stress saves you valuable time and energy to achieve your goals.

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Mindfulness by Mark Williams, Danny Penman

The way you think can change everything about your fitness level and the way you feel. This summary can teach you how to focus your thoughts and exercise your mind to promote mental health that will round out your summer fitness plan so you can think and feel as great as you look.

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Facilitating change and being the best version of yourself

Switch by Chip Heath , Dan Heath

It's hard to make big changes in life, and even harder to make them stick. Discover the secret to making lasting changes in every aspect of your life by getting to grips with the psychology behind change.

In Switch, Chip and Dan Heath explore the human brain to find out why we find change so challenging. In doing so, they...

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The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

Have you ever been on track to completing your goal and then out of nowhere had a temporary lapse, making a decision that you immediately regretted? We could be on the way to the gym but pass a restaurant that smells so good, we ditch the workout and order some unhealthy food instead. This is because the part of our brain looking for quick and easy rewards often beats the rational decision-making part of the brain, which knows the quick and easy reward is often not going to help us in the long-term. The Marshmallow Test will give your willpower a workout, teaching you methods to stay on track for each goal you set.

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The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner

We may choose to put things off when we’re feeling a little down; canceling plans with friends to relax at home is a perfectly normal thing to do once in awhile, but, be careful it doesn’t become a habit. Although you may not feel like it at the time, social connections are needed and good company will almost certainly boost your mood. Need a little more convincing? Read The Blue Zones, which looks into the lifestyles of the world’s healthiest cultures, where people can regularly live to over one hundred years old! They believe their strong social bonds play a huge part in their happiness, and overall well-being.

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Book summaries to help you better understand women

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray

What makes men and women so different that they act, feel, and think like two completely different species? Learn the differences in the emotional needs of men and women, and how mutual understanding can help you support your partner and strengthen your relationship.

From the very beginnings of time we have been puzzled and confounded by...

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Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

What is it that makes men and women seem to think and act so differently from each other? Are our minds biologically different? Discover the truth behind gender differences and learn how your own beliefs and behaviors are being subconsciously influenced.

Delusions of Gender is a look into the dubious science behind gender...

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Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph

Girls have come under increasing pressure in the last decade, and more than ever require careful parenting. Their mental health is being affected by threats unleashed by technology and by the consistent portrayal of negative body images in the media and elsewhere. However, none of these things need to bring a girl down, if she's being raised in...

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Leadership self-help books to empower you

The Carrot Principle by Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton

In a struggling economy where countries are losing millions of dollars each year in turnover, more than ever it is essential to have a workforce that is engaged, hardworking, and trustworthy. But what many great business leaders don't realize is that the most effective way to do this is simply through recognition and praise.

In The...

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Getting Past No by William Ury

Have you ever been faced with wanting to negotiate a change with someone, but they refuse to even discuss the matter? Or is their idea of negotiation to propose a "take it or leave it" offer, without entering into further discussion? What should you do if your potential fellow negotiator is difficult and obstructive, or simply just mistrustful...

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

We insist on setting up an opposition between concepts of success and failure, but this notion is unhelpful and can stop us achieving due to the stigma attached to failure itself. Find out why you need to start thinking about failure differently and learn useful strategies that will enable you to see success as an achievable possibility.

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Feeling empowered yet?

While this may look like a lot of books to digest, each of these book summaries won’t take longer than 20-minutes to read, which is perfect if you are strapped for time and keen to make real changes in your life faster. Within a week or even a day you could start applying key learnings from these self-help books for men. Not only will they give you a boost, your new found wisdom will add more purpose to that manly stride on your way to work tomorrow or strut into the pub on Friday - each to their own.

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