Samreen McGregor, author of Leader Awakened: Why accepting adversity drives power and freedom recommends a great group of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Samreen's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
This book offered me a profound insight into the power of the subconscious mind and its impact on decision making. With the clearest and most relatable explanation (backed by studies and stories) that highlight our tendency for cognitive bias and heuristics. He also helps me to understand the irrationality of my mind.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk.
An informative and captivating exploration of what it takes to successfully heal from the impacts of psychological trauma. Van der Kolk demonstrates how society needs to wake up to how childhood neglect has a chronic nature to it, and remains a part of adult life. When ignored and untreated this can haunt individuals and their surrounding communities. What I found most influential in my work, is his exploration of how trauma is stored in our somatic memory and expressed in biological stress responses. Van der Kolk proves how this can be addressed through compelling and touching case studies.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - a profound tale that exposes those less desirable emotions we feel as children, and how these play such an important role in our growth and livelihood. A boy who has upset his mother by being naughty gets called a Wild Thing. This spurs on a less conscious imaginative journey, in a land of the wild beasts, who conclude he is wilder than any of them - crown him king. The key message I took away is the legitimacy of staying with an unwanted emotion like anger.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I like listening to audiobooks as it means I can get through more books in my busy life - walking the dogs and driving are two favourite book listening times for me.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Karnac Books an old independent book store that celebrates books in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Given my interest in these topics has spanned much of my working life, I love immersing myself in the evolution of this special book shop.
Many thanks to Samreen for recommending a great group of books! Please don't forget to check out Leader Awakened: Why accepting adversity drives power and freedom.
Image Copyrights: Rethink Press (Leader Awakened: Why accepting adversity drives power and freedom), Penguin Books Ltd ( Thinking, Fast and Slow), Penguin Books Ltd (The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma), HarperCollins (Where the Wild Things Are).