Although I’m in residency, there’s still that special feeling I get from summer—I think of water, sunshine, and reading a good book. In fact, I had a conversation earlier this week about books. Digital reading versus carrying a physical book says so much about someone, and that the books people read share a lot about them. With that being said, I thought I’d share my top three reads.
My top three books worth reading (which are also perfect to talk about in any interview—seriously, you’ll be quite impressive):
- Elite Minds: Creating the Competitive Advantage
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High
- The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success
These books are informative, practical, and interesting. I love sharpening my interpersonal skills, and reading can be so helpful. As a psychiatrist, I not only prescribe medication to manage and help patients, but I also perform therapy. One of the most useful tools in my life is emotional intelligence, so I enjoy finding good reads that help me become a better version of myself for my patients, friends, family, and workplace.
These books teach key strategies and allow readers to find perspective in how to better themselves. It’s a look inside the minds of successful individuals, and you can apply that knowledge to places you may lack. I have used these books for myself in that capacity. These books are worth reading more than once because you never know what you’ll learn the second or third go-around. What are your top three books worth reading, and possibly even talking about in an interview?
Thoughts from a psychiatry resident physician,
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