LEAP Institute

Books on the LEAP Method of Communication

Despite the nearly three decades of anosognosia research and evidence, there continues to be a gap of education available to help professionals and family caregivers to address this pervasive symptom and the obstacles it creates.

Below are books on the LEAP method of communication written by Dr. Amador, internationally renowned clinical psychologist, published clinical researcher, and forensic expert.

I AM NOT SICK I Don't Need Help!

“This book fills a tremendous void…” wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! Twenty years later, it still does.

Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his success helping his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar and substance abuse disorders, Henry did not believe he was ill.

I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health and criminal justice professionals. It is a must-read, step-by-step guide for family members whose loved ones have been devastated by mental illness.

Learn as have millions of others worldwide…to LEAP®— Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner—to help your patients, loved ones, and others accept treatment.

“[LEAP] gives practical advice and hope to those of us with a loved one who is battling a mental illness. It provides an easy to understand blueprint that can change and save lives.”
Pete Earley
New York Times Best Selling author of “Crazy: A Fathers Search Through Americas Mental Health Madness.”
Becoming Fluent in LEAP

This book was written because countless readers of I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! have told me that LEAP has worked for them to repair relationships, but they still stumble and don’t know how to get to the “Partner” phase.

They want to know how to use LEAP to influence behavior change such as acceptance of treatment. They forget to reflectively listen, or how to delay giving contrary hurtful opinion, or how to give their opinion using the LEAP method. They are not fluent in LEAP and, as a result, have trouble getting to partnering.

You can’t just read a single book or attend one of my seminars and expect to become fluent. By seeing how many people have used LEAP in many different situations, you will begin to internalize the language of this approach.


“Xavier Amador knows what he’s talking about. ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ happens every day, [with LEAP] you can win those arguments and find the best way to move forward without burning bridges."
Jeffrey J. Fox
author of “How to Become a Rainmaker and How to Become CEO"
I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What? 15th Anniversary Edition

In this book you will see how LEAP is successfully used in relationships ranging from business, to love, to parents with their teens, and far beyond. To become fluent in the language of LEAP, you need to “cross-train.” Experiencing how LEAP works across a range of relationships provides that opportunity giving you the communication muscles you need to win the race!

"[LEAP] gives specific pointers about how to communicate, listen, and resolve impasses. It’s hard to imagine anyone who couldn’t benefit from this practical and empowering guide to making your relationships better.”
Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D.
President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
“The techniques Dr. Amador offers are exactly those used in international diplomacy and conflict resolution situations. [LEAP] is a practical guide to working around and through problems that is useful on many different levels.”
Robert P. Finn
Princeton University, and past U.S. Ambassador


I strongly recommend this book for [both] families and therapists.
Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
I know of no other book even in the same league.
Gerry Spence
Author of the NY Times Best-Seller How to Argue and Win Every Time --Trial Lawyers College
This is a wonderful book bringing together the personal experiences of a psychologist [who had a brother with schizophrenia]. Dr. Amador s research and clinical experience makes this book a rich source of information and practical advice. It is one of the salutary characteristics of our culture that people who experience pain convert that pain into something productive. People who are victimized by, stressed by, and dismayed by serious mental illness will find this book enormously helpful. It contains information about new research and concrete advice that will be of enormous help to both the families of the seriously mentally ill and to the mental health professionals who care for them.
Herbert Pardes, M.D.
President, New York-Presbyterian --The University Hospital of Columbia