A psychologist has compiled a reading list for the soul to help stressed-out workers deal with the pressures of the global recession.
Dr Mary Brown of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, says the five books, ranging from a classic detective novel to a book of love poetry by the Poet Laureate - could help people to cope with job uncertainty and long working hours.
The categories cover work, love, friendship, spirituality and fun. The book list includes The Long Good-bye by Raymond Chandler, Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy, A Complete Guide to the Soul by Patrick Harpur, What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
Brown compiled the list as a part of her research Work Till We Drop, examining reasons for taking or not taking sickness leave during the recession.
"Counselling has its benefits, but books can be dipped into at any time in a more private and deeper capacity,” The Scotsman quoted Brown as saying.
"These books are inspiring and address people's issues, giving them subtle hints on how to resolve them without preaching at them. They will give them the confidence it''s not them at fault, it's the workplace and that there are ways of bringing meaning to your life without packing in your job," she added.