- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 22, 2002

Books

•"Family Secrets: The Path to Self-Acceptance and Reunion," by John Bradshaw, Bantam Books, 1996. People dealing with past family trauma may find this book helpful.

•"What You Can Change … and What You Can't," by Martin P. Seligman, Fawcett Books, 1995. This book by a University of Pennsylvania psychologist explains ways to accept situations as they are in order to make peace with them.

•"The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You," by Elaine N. Aron, Broadway Books, 1997. This book may help people take things in stride over the holidays.

•"Kicking Your Holiday Stress Habits," by Donald A. Tubesing, Whole Person Associates, 1996. This book offers ways to cope with all types of holiday stress, from crowded stores to family functions.

•"When Holidays Are Hell … A Guide to Surviving Family Gatherings," by Mariana Caplan, Hohm Press, 1997. This book offers suggestions for coping with family holidays, including weighing whether you should even make the visit.

•"Emily Post's the Gift of Good Manners: A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children," by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, HarperCollins, 2002. This book covers many areas of etiquette and manners, including how guests and hosts should act.

Associations

•The American Psychological Association, 750 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Phone: 800/374-2721. Web site: www.apa.org. This professional association has tips on surviving family stress during the holidays. It also can make referrals to mental health professionals who can help.

Online

•Washington social worker Mark Gorkin has a Web site (www.stressdoc.com) that features humorous articles on managing stress.

•At Plainsense (www.plainsense.com), a commercial consumer health site, there are many articles about coping with stress.

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