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  • Writer's pictureDave Balzer

Reading List 2022

Every year in December I take some time to go through my reading list and review some of my favorite books from the past year. It's fun for me to reflect on where my interests were throughout the year and helps in setting personal and career goals for the upcoming year.

For example, I got married this past September so I spent much of early 2022 looking for recommendations on good books for setting the foundation in relationships, love, and connection. I was recommended the books Attached and Wired for Love. They were both extremely impactful. Not only in my personal life, but also in my clinical practice as both books expand on John Bowlby's "Attachment Theory" looking at how our attachment styles in our youth manifests itself in our adult relationships. For most, these adult social connections are the fundamental source of community which helps us feel supported and gives us the capacity to overcome stress, dysfunction, and dis-ease.

In regards to my clinical practice I found myself diving deeper into the "Biopsychosocial Model" of medicine. This medical model emphasizes the connection between biological, psychological, and socio-environmental factors in healing and maintaining well-being. I found the following books to be influential in expanding my knowledge in each of the three categories: Brain Energy, The Good Gut, How Emotions Are Made, Explain Pain, and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

I wasn't too great about this in 2022, but I try to make time for reading for fun... just getting lost in a good novel. Wedding planning and starting my business probably had a lot to do with this, but a few of my favorite novels from this past year were In The Blood, The Kind Worth Killing (sped through this on my honeymoon - highly recommend!), and I am currently reading Project Hail Mary.

Since I do a fair amount of driving I am constantly listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Personal development books are great for the audio format and I found Stolen Focus, Turning Pro, and Laws of Human Nature to be a few of my favorites in the personal development genre.

With all that being said, here is my reading list from 2022. Please share any recommendations for 2023! Happy New Year!

If you are interested in more resources check out my full booklist tab or a recent blog post on my ten favorite books for health, healing, and performance.



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