15 Best Self Development Books For Anxiety


15 Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

If you’re searching for a way to overcome anxiety, don’t worry about which book you must read. Only worry about how much you’re willing to read based on a condition you’re struggling with.

If you suffer from approach anxiety, don’t read an entire book on shyness and ways to socialize. Read what you actually want to work on because that’s where your interest will point at most. And once your interest captures that information, it’ll be easier to retain and practice.

If you want to learn how to speak to strangers, read whatever you can about meeting people at public events, parties, and school. The self development books for anxiety listed below each point at anxiety from a different perspective and way to conquer it.

Some might pertain to you as the rest don’t. Browse through them, and if you feel like there’s something beneficial you can obtain from it, always keep it as a personal resource.


1. Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried Mind into My Best Friend by Dan Ryckert

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Have a problem giving speeches or even speaking in front of others? Dan Rychkert shows how he went from having panic attacks during college roll calls to speaking in front of large crowds with minimal interference from anxiety. He goes goes into detail the way he channel his negative conditions into the driving force in his life.


2. Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Tamar E. Chansky

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

If you’re dealing with stress, worries over your life, career, or relationships, this book reveals a real secret to reduce it. And no, it isn’t positive thinking, but possible thinking.

Dr. Chansky shows you dozens of simple, yet powerful strategies you can use at any time to transform your thoughts and eliminate procrastination.


3. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel 

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

If you want to understand anxiety, Scott Stossel gathered the intelligence of scientists, philosophers, and writers who went over it. Not only does the book goes into the length of studies Scott research to see what helps best against treating anxiety, he also explores how to effectively manage it.

My age of anxiety is a self development book meant to give you an in depth understanding of what anxiety is and how to take control of it.


4. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Brown uncovers 10 guidelines on how to fully live the life you want after erasing the desires of everyone else. Brown engages your mind, heart, and spirit as she explores how you can cultivate courage, compassion, and motivation to wake up in the morning fully prepared and energized. Overall, by the end of this book, you will begin telling yourself, “I am enough.”

5. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Although a children book, there are many lessons that can be learned from it. This is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that you can identify with. 

6. The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Do you consider your alone time as valuable as food and water? Do other people accuse you of being too shy or antisocial? Find out if you’re a highly sensitive person through self-assessments and techniques that Aron points out in her book.

What makes her book stand out are the vast amount of resources she gives such as information on medications and when to seek help, tips on how to deal with personal relationships, and more personal issues. 

7. Anxiety: Overcome Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Shyness, Self Esteem & Insecurities (Overcome Fear, Social Anxiety Cure, Anxiety Free, Confidence, Belief & Self Esteem) by Jack Johnson

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Do you feel like you can’t control your emotions and let them take over your life? Are you sick of feeling anxious pain in your own skin and letting your insecurities hold you back from enjoying life?

Jack Johnson uses his experience and knowledge from his past decade of studying anxiety and give great methods to stop feeling insecure.  

8. When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns M.D

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks? Do you toss and turn at night with a knot in your stomach, worrying about your job, your family, work, your health, or relationships? Do you suffer from crippling shyness, obsessive doubts, or feelings of insecurity?

Dr. Burns shows ways through his research and studies on how you can conquer those fears and anxieties once you eliminate those negative thoughts. 

9. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Do you constantly worry about anything whether it’s big or small? Dale Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas you can use to reduce financial worries, avoid fatigue, and find yourself.

Check Out for more tips: How to Curb Stomp Social Anxiety

10. Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry by Catherine M Pittman PhD

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Learn how to manage your fear by tapping into the different segments of your brain to total control. You’ll learn how anxiety is created in the brain and as a result, will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. 

Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

11. The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points by Joshua Fletcher

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Do you overthink before taking action? Are you prone to making negative predictions? Do you worry about the worst that could happen? Do you take negative feedback very hard? Are you self-critical?

Does anything less than perfect performance feel like failure? In The Anxiety Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life.

Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you’ll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety ‘stuck’ points and a confidence that – anxious or not – you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work.

12. Anxiety: Panicking about Panic: A powerful, self-help guide for those suffering from an Anxiety or Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks, Panic Attack Book) by Joshua Fletcher

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Do you suffer from panic attacks or abnormal levels of anxiety? Learn some quick and easy advice to deal and overcome those problems. As someone who dealt with panic attacks, this books has been designed to help those who suffer from similar conditions.

Check out: 5 Rules to Be the Best Person Possible

13. ANXIETY: Anxiety Management & Relief: How To Overcome Anxiety, Stress And Depression For Life! by John Dunn

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Have you ever been worried about that interview for a job you’ve always wanted? Or bumping into your boss who always seems to find something wrong with your work? How about feeling unwanted or unseen? This book goes over a proven strategy on how to overcome your anxiety problems for the rest of your life. 

14. The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program by Dr. William J Knaus EdD

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

William J. Knaus offers a step-by-step program to help you overcome anxiety and get back to living a rich and productive life. All without the use of meditation. 

This workbook offers a practical program that you can use on your own, or with a therapist, to take back that power and end anxiety once and for all.

15. Anxiety: 5 Little Known Ways to Naturally Fight Anxiety by John Franz

Best Self Development Books For Anxiety

Unlike the books mentioned above, this one cover ways to use external resources such as oils, herbal teas, and body butters to relieve anxiety. Although some methods may seem strange at first, these alternatives are shown to be quite effective.

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  1. Peggy Sealfon on

    Hi Ashley,

    I just came across your great list. However I’d like to offer you a review copy of my best-selling book: Escape From Anxiety–Supercharge Your Life With Powerful Strategies From A to Z. In it, I provide over 100 techniques that interrupt patterns of stress, fear and anxiety and it’s organized in a simple A-Z format. Part II provides more in-depth resolutions of anxiety along with a foundational understanding of brain plasticity and neurosciences for sustainable relief. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at EscapeFromAnxiety.com. Please send me your address or email if you’d like a paperback or e-book if you plan to do an update of your list! Warmest regards, Peggy

  2. Too bad, I wanted to read book 15 but it looks like it’s out of print, I can’t find a copy anywhere. : (

  3. The most important book for me was Presence and Positivity the new energy sources of the 21st century by Victor Hagen its on amazon. You get that click in your head that everyhing’s ok

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