‘Self-help’ is an overcrowded category.
Perusing the self-help section of your local book store can quickly becoming a tiresome excursion. Delving into the endless rows of self-help books at one of the major book retailers can be anything but underwhelming.
An online search of self-help will undoubtedly provide you with relevant feedback, meaning…incessant pages, lists, articles, books, podcasts, pop-ups and suggestions, each claiming to contain that life-changing message.
But do these books really have the power to change your life? And if they do, how much credence is there to their messages? How do you even dig through all the material available to find the one that sticks?
From my experience as an avid reader and researcher of books in this category, I’ve found many to be costly and repetitive. I’ve also found that a host of self-help books are rooted in subjective claims backed by insubstantial research.
That’s why I wanted to provide you with some of my modern favorites (not to say that some of the classic self help books, like The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, aren’t great. If you haven’t read that one yet, I suggest you do!) But I love these three that I’ve included with links below in particular because they are amongst the current revival in no-nonsense self-help books, in which authors and researchers are providing authentic and effective advice that applies to real-life scenarios (and problems) concurrent with the modern Information Age.
Unfuc*k Yourself: Get out of your head and into your life by Gary John Bishop has been a rising star amongst other vastly popular self-help books lately (like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – one of my favorites) thanks to its no-BS approach to getting out of your own head, and way. Author Gary John Bishop provides an empowering and useful guide to debunking myths about ourselves and our perceived limits (which are really perceived) to reach the fullness of our destinies.
In my own words, lesson learned: the majority of your problems and obstacles are constructed internally, and not the result of external circumstances. Change how you think, change how you live.
Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy is a wonderful self-help guide from Francine Shapiro, PhD, that uses a scientifically-backed approach to explain why we do what we do – both automatically and unconsciously – and how we can change disempowering habits, behaviors and feelings by understanding why they occur in the first place. This is a great and empowering read that can produce real results!
In my own words, lesson learned: don’t let your past shape you. Shape your interpretation and understanding of your past for a better present and future.
Hack Your Habits: An Unusual Guide to Escape Motivational Traps, Bypass Willpower Problems and Accelerate Your Success
The title of this self-help book nearly says it all: Hack Your Habits: An Unusual Guide to Escape Motivational Traps, Bypass Willpower Problems and Accelerate Your Success. Author Joanna Jast discusses the grip both good and bad habits can have over our lives, and provides us with practical steps to relinquish the bad habits and promote the good habits to ultimately build long-term, sustainable success.
In my own words; lesson learned: breaking bad habits and replacing them with better, more positive habits takes work, but it’s entirely achievable and even enjoyable with the right system in place.
If you’ve read or listened to any of the above books or choose to after reading this article, do let me know your thoughts by dropping me a comment below or sending me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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