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Author David Richo

Updated on July 7, 2014

Discover Personal Health and Growth Through the Books Of David Richo

David Richo is an author I recently discovered during a difficult time in my life. He is a psychotherapist, teacher and writer who incorporates mindfulness and loving-kindness into all of his self help books. The books highlighted on this page are ones that have helped me go through a personal transformation. They are compassionate, thought-provoking and practical and I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone.

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Develop Trust - Towards yourself, towards others, towards life as it is

Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy
Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

Daring to trust is an insightful book that looks into the issues associated with trust. As David Richo explains in this excellent book, most relationship issues are essentially trust issues. Whether its fear of commitment, insecutiry, jealousy, or a tendency to be controlling, the real obstacle is a fundamental lack of trust - both in ourselves and in our partner. Ultimately we must develop trust towards ourselves, towards our partners, towards life itself as it is in the present moment, and towards a higher self. These four types of trust, Richo explains, are not only the basis of healthy relationships, they are also the foundation of emotional well- being and freedom from fear.


Our goal is to open a space and in that space to say yes to what is and to what can be, moving toward when that is appropriate, moving on when that is what fits best. - David Richo, Daring to Trust p. 63

Understand Fear - and how it reduces our ability to be ourselves

When Love Meets Fear: How to Become Defense-Less and Resource-Full
When Love Meets Fear: How to Become Defense-Less and Resource-Full

We are all afraid. Sometimes this is appropriate, but usually it is unnecessary and simply hinders our ability to be our true selves. This excellent book by David Richo explores the roots of our fears - the fear of change, the fear or self disclosure, of giving and recieving, of being alone. Beneath all of these fears lies the greatest fear of all - being loved and loving. In this book, David Richo explores how we can free ourselves from the grip of fear by embracing our weaknesses to discover hidden strength and in the process our fears lose their hold over us.


Fear is the only obstacle to love - David Richo, When Fear Meets Love, p. 3

Heal Emotional Wounds From The Past

When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships
When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships

In this book, psychotherapist David Richo explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships—and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern. We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives, whether they are our intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances. When the Past Is Present helps us to become more aware of the ways we slip into the past so that we can identify our emotional baggage and take steps to unpack it and put it where it belongs.


Learning How to Love is a Life-Long Process

How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving
How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving

In this thought provoking book, David Richo gives practical and spiritual exercises for couples and singles who want to have mature and lasting relationships. Emphasizing paying attention and letting go, Richo gently and compassionately coaches readers on what he calls the five A's: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection and allowing. His book, which proposes "letting go of ego," will help those seeking personal transformation in their relationships.


To be stuck is to refuse to say yes to reality as it is and to move on from there. - David Richo When the Past is Present p. 11

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