The Self-Help Shelves

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For some reason the last time I went to the library I binged out a little on self-help books. There was Uncertainty, a book about working through your fears around creative endeavors; as well as The Highly Sensitive Person, which talked about how to navigate the world as someone who is easily overstimulated by common activities; and finally The 4-Hour Work Week, which will supposedly teach me the magic formula to work productivity.

I’m not in any particular crisis, and I didn’t feel any deep need to be reading self-help books this October, but for some reason these all piqued my interest. I realized that I enjoy breaking up my fiction and heavy nonfiction reading with a little supportive, easy-to-follow self-help. Sure, these types of books seem to start repeating each other if you read too many of them at once, but every now and then it’s nice to get a little reminder of ways you could be making your life run just a tad more smoothly.

Do you ever find yourself browsing the self-help section for no real reason?

4 Comments

  1. It’s funny, I went through a phase in high school when all I wanted to read were self-help books. I think I felt like they were secret manuals to making everything awesome all the time! I then probably went through about 10 years of not reading them at all, and being skeptical of their worth. But now I’m back on board! Maybe there are just times and places in our lives when some guidance and support can make sense? Almost like therapy in book form?

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