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I bought one recently called 'Raising Boys in a New Kind of World'. It hasn't arrived yet, but I guess it's more a parenting book. I have thought of it, and I probably would read one if I thought it might offer some help in ways that I hadn't already thought of.
Yes, although I'm not sure where "self-help" ends and "psychology" begins, lol. I like to read lots of different parenting books, even if I don't necessarily agree with an ideology. Each book gives me new tools that I can put to use if the need arises.
I did the same thing with teaching/education books, since I was a teacher. I read a lot of books about classroom discipline and different techniques. It's really the only kind of nonfiction that I'm into; I don't really like history books and stuff...
My mom tried giving me books on physical abuse in high school (my dad was abusive), but most of it didn't help. I think the only way to work through person serious issues (aside from counseling) is to work through the issues, face them, and move on.
As far as smaller issues, I've read books on nutrition, exercise, and study skills and most have been very helpful.
There are so many self help books out there. It won't be unusual for an individual to feel overwhelmed. I've always read books recommended to me by friends and families. If I've found one that's effective I would buy a book by the same author. I make it a point to read one every month. Some of them I've read twice. You need that regularly dose of personal development. It doesn't stop until you're in a coffin!
Some of my best reads are:
21 Ways of Finding Peace & Happiness by Joyce Meyer
Today Matters by John C Maxwell
The Choice by Nicole Cary
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
There is no harm, in reading self help book.
At the end of the day, you have the power to make the decision to whether use the techniques or not.
Have you ever read a "self help" book? Yes I have
Did it actually help? No. It honestly told me everything I already knew, I just have to act on it.
Would you consider buying a book on a topic you were having problems with? Not anymore