It's been awhile since I've put a Recommended Readings post together and, while I have been sharing them on Twitter, I thought it was time to put one up on the site. This post includes books on the neuroscience of trauma, learning and habits, consciousness and embodied cognition, and how to be more present. Enjoy!
Humans are social creatures with our capacity for language giving us dominion, as we perceive it, over other species. Given our inclination for spoken and written communication, we humans love to label things. So it's no surprise that the medical model often goes after labeling the "what" (an issue in the tissue, a chemical imbalance, an anatomical variance) without as much as emphasis on the "why". But is that always a helpful thing, particularly in chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions which the U.S. is quite inept at treating? I argue that labeling fundamentally changes our experience and alters our ability to self-regulate.