I’m the author of three books, two websites, and one co-authored audiobook – as well as many smaller works.

If you want to keep up to date with my latest writing, the best option is my Substack, which you can check out at writing.danielwendler.com, or by subscribing directly below. Otherwise, keep reading to learn about my books and other publications.


Neurodiversity and the Myth of Normal

We’ve all been told, at one point or another, to “just be yourself.” Whether you are starting school, beginning a new job, attending a party—anytime you are trying to find your place in a new or unfamiliar environment—well-meaning advisors offer this nugget of wisdom. But what if being your authentic self means you don’t fit in with what society or your peers may consider “normal”? What is “normal,” anyway?

Join Dr. Kyler Shumway and Dr. Daniel Wendler to explore these questions and many others in Neurodiversity and the Myth of Normal. In six lectures, Dr. Shumway and Dr. Wendler will help you understand the nature of neurodiversity, a growing school of thought that seeks to embrace the range of differences in individual brain function and behaviors rather than “correct” them, with a focus on empathy, acceptance, and accommodation. To help you better understand neurodiversity, your instructors will guide you through three core concepts:

• Neurodiversity is a natural part of human diversity.
• Environment affects our definitions of ability and disability.
• It is possible to create environments that allow everyone to thrive, regardless of differences.

Once you have a better idea of what neurodiversity is and why approaching it with empathy and understanding is so important, Dr. Shumway and Dr. Wendler will dive into the specifics of the most common neurotypes that fall into the category of neurodivergent—autism and ADHD—followed by a look at learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even psychosis. Along the way, your instructors will share what they’ve seen and learned as psychologists—and one of them will share his own experiences as a neurodivergent individual.

We often fear what we don’t understand. To combat this fear, the concept of neurodiversity can help us recognize the vast spectrum of human experience, embrace that people are people no matter how they are wired, and realize that there’s no such thing as “normal.”

Read it today!

Improve Your Social Skills

Improve Your Social Skills is a comprehensive guide to social skills. It explains topics like conversation and body language in practical, easy-to-apply lessons. Think of it like an owner’s manual for your social life.

I wrote it to share the discoveries that helped me overcome to social challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome. See, when I was growing up I was the most awkward kid you could ever hope to meet. But one day, I decided to study social skills deliberately, like you might study a foreign language. I looked for patterns that might explain the way people behaved, techniques I could use to connect with others, and metaphors I could use to make sense of it all. I poured thousands of hours into study, observation, and practice.

And it paid off. I learned how to connect with others, and started filling my life with incredible friendships. I still make the occasional mistake, of course. But now I have the confidence to shrug off awkward moments without getting anxious.

I cracked the code, in other words. And I wrote Improve Your Social Skills to teach you everything that I learned

Read it today!

Level Up Your Social Life

If you can succeed at video games, you can succeed socially. That’s the promise of Level Up Your Social Life.

Level Up Your Social Life uses the video game concepts that you’re already familiar with to teach you how to succeed socially. Want to be better at conversation? Pong holds the secret. Want to make more friends? Mario Kart can show you how.

It’s written by Daniel Wendler (that’s me!), a leading social skills expert and lifelong gamer. I taught myself social skills to overcome the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome, and became an author to share what I learned with the world. I’ve coached hundreds of people around the world in social skills, spoken at TEDx, and written an online social skills guide read by over a million people.

I wrote Level Up Your Social Life to help gamers everywhere make new friends, feel more confident, and have the best social life possible. If you want a guide to social success written by someone that gets what it’s like to be a gamer, this is your book.

Read it today!

Clicking With Clients

Online marketing doesn’t have to be difficult.

In fact, online marketing can be one of the easiest ways to build your private practice. With the right strategy and a bit of effort, you can create a sustainable flow of online referrals.

Clicking with Clients can show you how. It’s written by Daniel Wendler (me again!), a doctoral student in clinical psychology and an online marketing expert. Before starting my graduate studies in psychology, I worked for some of the top digital marketing agencies, and started my own successful internet businesses as well.

I wrote Clicking with Clients to help therapists feel confident marketing their practice online. If you want a practical guide to launching your website, attracting new clients and growing your practice through the web, this is your book.

Inside, you’ll learn step-by-step instructions on how to:

•Build and design a website
•Attract new clients through SEO, social media, and online advertising
•Protect your privacy online
•Self-publish a book to share your expertise
•And more!

Plus, you’ll learn common marketing pitfalls to avoid, as well as clever strategies for making the most of your investment in online marketing. You’ll also get recommendations for further readings, trusted experts, and helpful websites – everything you need to excel at online marketing.

Ready to build your private practice online? Start Clicking with Clients today!

Read it today!



I launched ImproveYourSocialSkills.com way back in 2012. I didn’t know anything about designing websites, but I wanted a place to share my social skills tips.

The original version of the site was hosted for $2 a month and featured a logo I got for free from a kindly soul on Reddit. From those humble beginnings, it’s grown to be one of the most popular social skills websites in the world, with millions of readers since 2012.


I created MarketingforTherapists.org because I wanted to share the knowledge I had learned during my online marketing career with my colleagues in the mental health field.

It started as a free guide that contains all of the info therapists need to start a website, build a steady traffic flow, an start bringing in new clients online. Even if you’re not a therapist, you might find it helpful for building any kind of business online.

Of course, nowadays it’s grown to be a full-fledged marketing agency. So if you need help growing your practice online, or expert assistance with Google Ads, SEO, or web design – drop us a line.