These fields of research inform the theoretical framework of Conscious Communication for the Highly Gifted and Sensitive. The books selected offer the most relevant and unique information. is a great place to review the content of my recommendations. An asterisk means I recommend all of the books by the author.

Child Development

  • Attachment: Attachment and Loss, John Bowlby
  • The Child, The Family and the Outside World, Donald Winnicott*
  • Childhood and Society, Erik Eriksen
  • Children’s Experience of Place, Roger Hart
  • The Continuum Concept, Jean Leidloff
  • The Education of the Child, Rudolf Steiner
  • Endangered Minds, Jane Healy
  • Geography of Childhood, Gary Paul Nabhan & Stephanie Trimble
  • The Highly Gifted Adult, Mary Elaine Jacobsen
  • The Highly Sensitive Child, Elaine Aron*
  • Intelligence Reframed, Howard Gardner*
  • The Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pearce*
  • The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg
  • Please Understand Me, David Keirsey & Marilyn Bates
  • Readings in Environmental Psychology: The Child’s Environment, David Canter, ed.
  • Smart Moves, Carla Hannaford

Related fields & concepts: trauma work, brain spotting, EMDR, DNMS, neurodevelopment, epigenetics, heartmath, cognitive emotional development, psychology, temperament, isomporphism, mirror neurons, process psychology, sensitivity, giftedness.

Creativity, Art/Beauty

  • Art and Experience, John Dewey
  • The Art Spirit, Robert Henri
  • The Artists’s Way, Julia Cameron*
  • Beauty, John O’Donohue
  • Creativity for Life, Eric Maisel*
  • Homo Aestheticus, Ellen Dissanayake
  • The Image, Kenneth Ewart
  • New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver*
  • On Beauty, Elaine Scarry

Culture and Consciousness

  • The Alchemy of Illness, Kat Duff
  • Albion’s Seed, David Hackett Fischer
  • Alone Together, Sherry Turkle*
  • The Cultural Creatives, Paul Ray & Sherry Ruth Anderson
  • Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration, ed. Sal Mendaglio
  • Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich
  • Distracted, Maggie Jackson
  • The End of Nature, Bill McKibben
  • Focusing, Eugene Gendlin
  • Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander
  • The Gutenberg Elegies, Sven Birkert
  • The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Mothers of Invention, Drew Gilpin Faust
  • My Name is Chellis and I’m In Recovery from Western Civilization, Chellis Glendinning
  • Nature and Madness, Paul Shepard
  • Presence, Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers
  • The Psychology of Environmental Problems Deborah Du Nann Winter
  • Rapt, Winifred Gallagher
  • The Spectrum of Consciousness, Ken Wilber
  • Strangers to Ourselves, Timothy Wilson
  • Technics and Human Development, Lewis Mumford

Related fields & concepts: epigenetics, memes.


  • Cradle to Cradle, Michael Braungart & William McDonough
  • Healing Spaces, Esther Sternberg
  • House as a Mirror of Self, Clare Cooper Marcus
  • Inquiry by Design, John Zeisel
  • The Luminous Ground, Christopher Alexander
  • A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
  • Some Place Like Home, Toby Israel
  • Visual Explanations, Edward Tufte
  • Universal Principles of Design, William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler


  • The Field, Lynne McTaggart
  • Frequency, Penney Peirce
  • Hands of Light, Barbara Brennan*
  • The Hidden Messages in Water, Masaru Emoto
  • The Subtle Body, Cyndi Dale

Environmental Studies & Environmental Psychology

These fields explore how different aspects of the external environment (natural and manmade), influence people and their experiences. The fields provide vocabularies that allow us to describe how environments shape the development, and impact the behavior, of people.

  • Biophilia Hypothesis, Stephen Kellert & E.O. Wilson
  • Changes in the Land, William Cronon
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  • Dwelling Place and Environment, ed. David Seamon
  • Environmental Psychology for Design, Dak Kopec
  • The Experience of Place, Tony Hiss
  • The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg
  • The Hidden Dimension, Edward Tufte*
  • The House of Belonging, David Whyte (poetry)
  • Humanscape, Rachel Kaplan & Stephen Kaplan
  • Place Attachment, ed. Irwin Altman
  • The Power of Place, Winifred Gallagher
  • The Psychology of Place, David Canter
  • Sightseeking, Christopher Lenney
  • Visual Thinking, Rudolf Arnheim
  • The Way We Never Were, Stephanie Coontz

Related fields & concepts: physical intelligence, embodied cognition, design psychology, sense of place, ecopsychology, environmental studies, anthroposophy, social psychology, architecture, design, industrial design, sacred geometry, geomancy, feng shui, vastu, biophilia, autism architecture, architecture for healing, neuroaesthetics, biomimicry, evolutionary psychology, ecopsychology, fibonacci sequence, principles of perception.

Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration has to do with the role of the nervous system in our sense of self and our ability to relax, learn, and experience congruence between our thoughts and actions. Our experience of comfort and success in the world depends in part upon how well we process information in our bodies.

  • And There was Light, Jacques Lusseyran
  • The Art of Seeing, Aldous Huxley
  • Art of the Possible, Dawna Markova
  • Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet
  • The Fabric of Autism, Judith Bluestone
  • Sensory Integration and the Child, Jean Ayres
  • Thinking in Pictures, Temple Grandin*
  • Touching the Rock, John Hull
  • Nobody, Nowhere, Donna Wiliams*
  • Quiet, Susan Cain

Related fields & concepts: neurodevelopment, occupational therapy, cranial sacral work, vagus nerve, autonomic nervous system, synaesthesia, educational kinesiology, art therapy, sand tray, play therapy.


  • Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore*
  • Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill
  • Spiritual Bypassing, Robert August Masters
  • Transformational Speaking, Gail Larsen