Wildcards: Additional Books and Articles of Interest to Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Entries in this section will have something to offer the counsellor or psychotherapist practitioner, but in a somewhat off-the-wall, wildcard, I-forgot-where-the-beaten-path-is sort of way.


Heuer, R.J. Jr. (1999) The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office. [available online]

This award-winning book from the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence is most notable in a counselling and psychotherapy context for chapter 6: 'Keeping an Open Mind'. Although published in paper form, it is easily accessible on the web from the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence. Primary sections address our 'mental machinery', tools for thinking, and cognitive biases.

Ueland, B. (1938/1987) If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit, 2nd Edition. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press.

The first edition of this extraordinary, inspiring book was published in 1938 by a woman who died in 1985 at the age of 93, having published some six million words in her lifetime. As the book's back cover notes, this remarkable woman "was knighted by the King of Norway, and set an international swimming record (for over 80-year-olds)". Carl Sandburg called this "The best book ever written about how to write". The book is about being in touch with the inner feelings, thoughts, creativity and genius which dwells in everybody -- to me, it's a little like counselling.


This page was last reviewed by Dr Greg Mulhauser, Thursday, 3 November 2022.