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Vocational Stress

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

Reading List

Bramson, Robert (1984). Coping with Difficult People. New York: Ballantine.

Bridges, William (1991). Managing Transitions. New York: Addison Wesley.

Fisher, Roger (1981). Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. New York: Penguin.

O'Hara, Valerie (1995). Wellness at Work: Building Resilience to Job Stress. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Note: A blueprint for taking charge of your work life: identifying and managing stress, improving communications, and developing support networks; includes a chapter that deals with work-stress issues that affect women

Reardon, Kathleen K. (2005). It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough. New York: Currency Doubleday.

Work issues/changing careers

Jansen, Julie (2003). I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work. New York: Penguin Books. Ryan, Robin (2002)

Ryan, Robin (2002). What to Do with the Rest of Your Life: America's Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You'll Love. New York: Fireside.

Pollan, Stephen M. (2004). Second Acts: Creating the Life Your Really Want, Building the Career You Truly Desire. New York: HarperCollins.

Web Resources