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Sifting Through: Self Help Books

Updated on April 16, 2014

I have read my fair share of "self help" books over the last 5 or so years. In fact I have read way too many but I do believe self help books can be life changing but their consumption needs to be kept to a minimum because if you read too many of them then you forget to actually DO whats said in the book. I would read a book and just order the next one without even attempting many of the life changing ideas in the books. With that said there were a few self help books that changed the way I think and therefore changed my life. Here are my top 5 that I recommend in no particular order.

1. Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now is one of the first self help books I read and possibly the one that had the greatest impact. It changes how you think about time and life in general. If you want more realness and fulfillment in your life definitely check this book out and apply what it says to your life!

2. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza is a mind blowing book that ties in the psychology of the brain with quantum physics. The book talks about how we can rewire our brains through meditation and simply observing our behaviors. It is a deeply "spiritual" book while providing lots of science.

3. The Open Focus Brain by Les Fehmi is arguably the most underrated self help book of all time. It essentially shows how we pay attention in 4 distinct ways that involve different areas of the brain. Fehmi is all about space and focusing on nothing because that expands the mind. Once the mind is not focused and not trying hard you have the "open mind" that everyone talks about. If you practice Fehmi's exercises it really will open up your mind. This book is so good that I have re-read it several times. Did I mention that it comes with a CD of the exercises?

4. Working on Yourself Doesn't Work by Ariel and Shya Kane is essentially a friendly bitch-slap to all the other self help books because its message is that you're already perfect at the core of your being, that resisting, fighting yourself and constantly fixing yourself will only lead to suffering. Their idea is that true change can only occur through love and acceptance of yourself and then you naturally change. This book changed how I think by letting me realize there are two ways to go about changing. One is through self hate, the other is through self love.

5. Whole Brain Power: The Fountain of Youth for Mind and Body by Michael Lavery and Gregory Walsh introduced me to the importance of being balanced through ambidexterity and having a balanced whole brain. Both are connected and Lavery proves that in his book. If you wanna become better at pretty much everything, then this book will help you. It is the most practical and useful of the self help books I have read probably resulting in the best results.

Check these out ladies and gentlemen. They are the best of the best that I have read, and I have read around 50 or so self help books. If you want to discuss these books or suggest any others, please comment below!


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      Yvette Stupart PhD 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Evan, I too have read a number of self-help books. One of the things that these books do for me is to give me information or a better understanding of the information so that I can apply it to my life.

      Wow! Book #4 presents an unusual thesis, that is, we are already perfect! Very interesting!


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