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Self-help Satire; How To Kick Your Own Ass

Updated on August 5, 2015

Would you buy my book?

Myself, and every other breathing human seems to be adequately qualified to write a self-help book. IF I did it would be titled "How To Kick Your Own Ass", because essentially that's what self-help is. You assume you need help and before you know it, you've read your first self-help book, opening your eyes up to how truly screwed up you never knew you were. Now you have to read 50 more books!

Some self-help books are helpful, but that's because the author is charismatic and the topics and advice are ones that already reflect our point of views and thoughts. Not many address the real issue with our society- We know more and do less. Self-help books are basically pep-talks, some get it some don't.

For your entertainment, here is a list of self-help books, and my version of them!

Caution: Self-help books aren't what they seem

Thoughts and Feelings by Matthew McKay- Things you should suppress if you want to stay married and keep your job.

So...Why Aren't You Perfect Yet? by Michael Popkin- A Hollywood handbook to plastic surgery or more realistically the question my dad keeps asking me and the reason I'm so screwed up in the first place.

The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris- Dream on.

Too Good To Leave, Too Bad To Stay by Mira Kirsehnbaum- The way I've felt about going to the theater and seeing new movies in the last 5 years.

The Pleasure Prescription by Paul Pearsall- I think that's called Viagra or a big glass of wine.

How To Pee Standing Up by Anna Skinner- A guide for feminists and my toddler boy whom I am currently potty training (we're still working on pointing down).

Couple Skills; Making Your Relationship Work by Matthew McKay- Hmmm. I thought my relationship was already work.

Getting More by Stuart Diamond- The single guys' guide to dating.

When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold Kushner- Come on, you must have done something to deserve it. Ever hear of karma?!

Simple Abundance by Sarah Breathnach- Isn't that an oxy-moron? I'm actually looking for Extravagant Scarcity.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie- Obama's favorite book, right next to "How To Deceive People Without Them Knowing" and "How To Ruin THe Economy Without Taking Responsibility".

People of The Lie by Gregory Peck- A guide for politicians.

Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins- A guide for every video game enthusiast.

The Dance of Connection by Harriet Lerner- Sounds naughty, but I bet more of whatever it is would improve your relationship.

It's Not Him, It's You by Laura Berman- Excuse me? Rule number one, it's always him. After you read this book, you can read "Why Is It Always About You?" by Sandy Hotchkiss, which explains it's not actually about you. Confused yet?

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne - What if you have a fear of books, Bibliophobia? Besides who needs a book when there are so many pills available for your anxiety? Added note: Here's an interesting phobia; Blennophobia, the fear of slime.

Love For No Reason by Marcie Shimoff - A memoir of Woodstock and how to be a hippie. Please note: Marijuana and Ecstasy sold separately.

Getting Things Done by David Allen- What you could be doing if you weren't sitting around reading self-help books.

Common Sense Rebellion by Bruce Levine- I know more than a few people who must have read this book and truly took it to heart. Let's just say they're rebelling against basic common sense- I think they're called idiots.

Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein- For all the blondes in our lives.

Thank You and You're Welcome by Kanye West- Things you should have learned in pre-school or things Kanye should've learned in pre-school. I don't think he said Thank you to Taylor Swift when he grabbed the mic from her.

Using Your Brain For a Change by Richard Bandler- A book exclusively for men. Oh wait, that one is "Using Your Other Brain For a Change".

What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith- Wait, what?!. Maybe the book "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass will help me get here by tomorrow and be there by yesterday. OK, where the hell am I now?

101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married by Charlie Bloom- Is that it? Because I can think of at least 200 right off the top of my head. The sequel to this book should be "Why I still Got Married Even Though I Knew Those 101 Things".

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky- Duh! They don't have a mortgage and their children are reared by age 3.

Radical Self-forgiveness Practices by a dude named Colin Tipping- Awesome, totally tubular, ways to forgive yourself for something righteously bogus. Expect the sequel out later this year, written by Bill and Ted of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"- titled "Awesome Awareness".

The Last Self-help book you'll ever need by Paul Pearsall- Well, that's a relief. It's my going away present to the funny farm.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Laura Schesslinger- Get a dog and read a puppy manual. It's easier and basically the same rules apply.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson- Do I detect a bit of OCD? I'd be a little less concerned about your cheese and figure out why you're reading a book about it. That's the real issue here.

What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles- Who the hell cares as long as it works?

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Klyosaki- Is this a trick question? If my dad was rich, I wouldn't have to buy this stupid book and I could call myself Paris HIlton.

The Four Agreements of Love by Miguel Ruiz- 1. You stay on your side of the bed and I'll stay on mine, 2. Don't forget my birthday or anniversary, 3. Never look better than me.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene- Employee handbook for electric company trainees.

The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene- I'm thinking Elizabeth Taylor should have written this book because she's managed to bag 8 husbands.

ALL "Dummies" and "Complete Idiots" Guides - This doesn't technically apply to me because I'm only a partial idiot. The truth is I still can't grasp most of the topics after reading the damn books. Is there a "Manual For Morons"? I know from experience that you'll need a self-help book to repair your dignity and self-esteem after reading the Idiot's Guides.

How You Feel Is Up To You by Gary McKay- This requires 278 pages to tell me that? Is what I eat for dinner up to me too?

The Road Less Traveled by Gregory Peck- Where is it because I'm sick and tired of the traffic?

The Life I've Always Wanted by John Ortberg- Can I read some more self-help books to help me figure out what life I want.

Think Like a Shrink by Emanual Rosen- How to be a bore at dinner parties and make $200 an hour sitting around listening to people bitch.

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy - Ways to get into a college fraternity.

Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide To Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy, and Stupid by Denis Leary- Finally, no B.S. This one is the real deal!


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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      10 months ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      Too funny...and TRUE! I literally laughed out loud!!

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      22 months ago from Carson City

      Laura.......I can only say so much when I'm recovering from severe belly-laughing.......THIS IS BRILLIANT! Paula

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks "howtotextagirl".

      And thank you "TycoonSam". Everybody needs a smile sometimes.

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      8 years ago from Washington, MI

      Very entertaining read. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      + self-esteem after reading the Idiot's Giudes


      I don't even like to proof read or anything. I just really like your content so I could just ignore it when I can just help instead.

      I have always been a big fan of self-help books as an opportunity to learn more about what someone else has been so passionate in learning about. It is far too easy to just read self-help books waiting for the perfect book to finally just click and fix everything in your life. Unfortunately, and you captured this so well, they don't address the real issue with our society: we know so much more than we used to yet do so much less.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Mr Happy~ you're welcome and thank you for for adding some humor to some of them too. What I truly think of self-help is that most if not all of the information is not helpful for someone, but sometimes making the investment in money and time to spend on ourselves is good. But I know so many people who read book after book after book and get nothing. So I think their use for me is pure entertainment.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "How To Pee Standing Up by Anna Skinner- A guide for feminists" LOL ...

      "Love For No Reason by Marcie Shimoff - A memoir of Woodstock and how to be a hippie. Please note: Marijuana and Ecstasy sold separately" - You certainly have a sense of humor. Haha!!

      "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky- Duh! They don't have a mortgage and their children are reared by age 3." - I was thinking it's because they just live on an easy diet of grass ... and they have stripes too. Things with stripes don't get ulcers. : /

      "How You Feel Is Up To You by Gary McKay- This requires how many pages to tell me that? 278?" - This must be the most revealing title ever! I am going to read this book ... why?

      You found some funny titles. As much as I dislike "how-to" books, I must admit that this is what most people are going for nowadays. Hub-pages is full of "how-to" articles and they get read (not by me but by someone ...). I am not sure what to really say on this topic. Strange that people need to keep reading from others on how to live their Life. Ohh well ...

      Thanks for the entertaining read. Cheers!

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks so much for stopping by NewCinders

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      9 years ago

      Carnegie's book is one of my sister's faves - and she is power hungry too! I like self-help when it works, but this is sooooooo true!!

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Ha! Funny Grace. Yes, I'd like to see a book come out for how men should treat women. We may never see that because self-help books are geared toward selling to women.

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      9 years ago

      Oh, this is hilarious!

      I've heard men love 'Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands.' Of course they do, they're not stupid! When 'Treat Your Wife Like the Goddess She Is' comes out, women will be sure to love it.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      rufffyder~ thanks for stopping by- yes, you mention some good ones that could easily be included in my list. There are just too many. I read that Think and Grow Rich book too....not rich yet.

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      9 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Do you realize How to win friends and influence people is 100 years old? Good advice never goes out of style.

      You didn't mention the power of positive thinking by Dr Peale or Tough Times don't last, tough people do by Rev Schiller. I hear Dr Peale threw his manuscript away, his wife took it to the editor that published it, also the Crystal Cathdrail is Banckrupt.

      One more, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I read that book twice, I am still not rich.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      gmwilliams~ I hear you- some and probaly most are laughable. I think there are only a handful of helpful ones and it always depends on how much a person is willing to help themselves otherwise it's just a joke- thanks for stopping by.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      9 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To izetti: You are so right. I have read a lot of self-help books but have steered clear of many. Many self-help books are very laughable and are ludricrous in their premise.

      For example, the book about simple abundance made me laugh at loud. Forget about the many guides for dummies and idiots, I refuse to even look at those books!

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks Glenn For reading this. I don't like fluff and I believe more gets accomplished if you make people a little uneasy or have to do some work,etc.

      I do like some of the books on this list, and not all self-help books are worthless. Some are quite helpful.

      Thanks again for the comment.

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      Glenn Stok 

      10 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Your hub caught my attention because I wrote a self-help book about relationships. I find it interesting how you said that many self-help books are basically pep-talks. I have read my share of them and I have to agree with you.

      I relate to how you feel about most of these books because I'm pretty tough on myself and I came across tough in my book too. Saying it like it is rather than giving a pep-talk.

      I enjoyed reading your viewpoints and the various self-help books. I voted up.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      random theme~ thanks a lot for reading!

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      random theme 

      10 years ago

      Funny list...I especially liked the term "extravagant scarcity". Hey you never know, it may catch on...

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Jeanine~ I won't tell anybody- lol.

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      10 years ago

      I love your concept... I do live more like you expressed... erasers are my lovers... reminders and friends... I'm still a slow reader but have good retention... lol... oh my... that sounds like some ailment old people have...

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Jeanine~ You made me laugh at that one. I've always been drawn to books. TO me, when I enter a bookstore or library, it is a world of infinite possibilities. I learned early the real world is rather limiting and too much "red tape". It's so miuch easier to put a book down or erase something you've written than it is to try and have a do-ver in real life. If you don't like it, You can toss the book. I never liked the books I was supposed to read or assigned to read- blah! I guess we'll just have to trust ourselves -lol. Thanks for stopping by.

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      10 years ago

      I laughed and laughed... what a bright one you are... and a joy read... I haven't read books in my life... The Bible... Huck Finn... maybe a few others... but they were not memorable... I was always a slow reader so I didn't get there with the rest of the class... by the time I could read well enough to see which book I might like... I was already living my life... I figured they must be writing these books to get through their own hiccup in life... I quickly looked around at those holding some of the books, I had been advised to purchase, immediately walked very calmly toward to the door... almost there the nice lady behind the counter said... did you find what you were looking for honey... I said yes ma'am I read the preface of the one called.."trust yourself" I think I'll try that for a moment... lol...

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks for the comment sueroy333! I think the manual for morons could really catch on because sometimes those books for idiots and dummies are over my head. I bet "How you feel is up to you" is a life-changer- haha!

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      Susan Mills 

      10 years ago from Indiana

      I think I may run out and buy the "How you feel is up to you" book. I'm hoping they can explain this concept to me. I hope it's a big book, this is a deep subject and needs a lot of explanation.

      Your comments were worth reading, even if some of the books were not. Let me know when the Manual for Morons comes out!

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Kephrira~ thanks for the wonderful comment and the link! I'll check out the site.

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      10 years ago from Birmingham

      Brilliant - you kept me amused all the way through and I've shared a link to it on the daily satire -

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      saintodd~ thank you for your comment and your welcome for the chuckles. COme again any time.

      Jimagain~ Love your comment- you're quite funny too, but somehow oatmeal doesn't seem as appetizing to me. Being into psychology, I've had to walk past the self-isle, which is right next to the psychology section- OK that's my excuse. Yes, I've read some, browsed others, and I still find myself working on the same things I was working on in myself 10 years ago. Thanks for your comment. You're not a loser, you're a whiner, I mean winner- haha!

      Mike's corner~ There are two recent self-help books out by rappers. I don't usually say this, but OMG! The political pasrts were almost too easy to write, but I had to. Thanks so much and glad to give you a laugh.

      Heart felt book~ thank you so much!

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      MPG Narratives~ Good question! But we all know we're screwed up, the question is if it's enoug hto actually ruin our lives and mull over self-help books for hte rest of our lives. Yikes! thanks for the comment.

      Thank you so much schoolmarm!

      Bookworm~ thank you for the enthusiasm and wonderful comment!

      Stan Fletcher~ I'll admit to reading a few of them too. I realized we all know how to change and what's wrong, it's just the action part of it and sometimes these books make us feel like we're taking action but we're really not getting any closer to the solution. Thank you for your comment.

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      Cheri Taylor 

      10 years ago from New York, NY


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      Mike's Corner 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      Oh my God, that was classic. . . Kanye West . . . how to ruin the economy without taking responsibility . . . GREAT hub, Izettl!

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      Jim Henderson 

      10 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      The moment I saw the title I knew I had to read this! What a great analysis of the subject! The summaries were so hilarious it was all I could do to not drool my oatmeal when I read them! --yes, I am a loser.

      As a veteran of reading many self-help books in the aisle at bookstores to keep from actually buying them --again, I'm a loser-- I hereby decree that the first sentence of the first paragraph of this Hub should be a required disclaimer for all self-help books!

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      10 years ago from Suffolk, VA

      Great hub - Self Help is a tricky thing. I've read some of these books but don't plan on getting through all of them. Thanks for the chuckle. Voted up!

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      Stan Fletcher 

      10 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Very clever and funny... I'm a self-help junkie and have read many of these. I agree with your summaries to a tee!

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      10 years ago

      Absolutely Hilarious. Dude you should be on the local Comedy Zone!!!! I laughed til I cried and laughed some more. I am going to remember you and your stuff; will be back soon. I can't wait for the book, Write it soon.

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      10 years ago from Florida

      Loved this!!!

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      Maria Giunta 

      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow, so many self help books?? So why are we still all screwed up?! Thanks for the list izettl, loved your explanations of them. Rated up and funny, thanks.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Leafy Den~ That title just came to me and I had some thoughts on what the book could be like. Hmm, might just happen.

      I swear my mom bought stock in self-help books and followed them like a bible, but nothing ever really helped her. Mostly because the self-help books seem to be based on an ideal world, but we know that doesn't exist. Like you said that self-help book never helped your dad. People think by reading them they'll be automatically be helped. If we could help ourselves, we wouldn't need the books. "He couldn't even influence the dog". That's great I absolutely love that line.

      gypsumgirl~ it's all true what you say and glad you were entertained.

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      10 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

      Thanks for a great hub! I truly enjoyed it! Self-help books only make people even more depressed because they find out, in detail, why they are so messed up. Thank you for an entertaining read!

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      Leafy Den 

      10 years ago from the heart

      Do it!!!!!!

      Do it!!!!!!

      Do it!!!!!!

      Write that book, "How to kick your own ass!"

      This is a book that needs to be published and you are definitely the one to do it.

      Loved this hub, laughed til I cried! Even though I am a believer in self-help to a certain extent, I am afraid that it is usually an exercise in futility. I just remember my dad constantly buying self-help books one after another. What really made me laugh is that he owned and read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People since it was first published. And, I know he read the book because he has underlined most of it and has annotations on every page. But, did he ever win friends and influence anybody? He couldn't even influence the dog!

      When reading this, I felt like I was reading Erma Bombeck! I hope you write and get this book published. I will buy it and give to everyone I know who is a self-help addict. :)

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Joshua Kell~ So true! I was wondering if anyone was going to mention that. All joking aside, you are right. thanks for commenting.

      DavePrice~ The Eagles! Love them- I can think of a lot of their songs that are perfect for my kind of self-help. Take It Easy and Take It To the Limit (one of my faves). Get Over It is great too. Thanks for commenting- now I've get my Eagles CD out and listen to it.

      Eiddwen~ Glad I could make you laugh- it was fun to write. Thanks so much for commenting.

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      10 years ago from Wales

      A great hub that had me laughing also.

      thank you so much for sharing

      Take care


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      10 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      I started laughing as soon as I read the title. I could put my head back and roar YES! Thanks for brightening my day, and in light of the subject, I will say you could have put in a reference to my favorite song by The Eagles, Get Over It.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub. I enjoyed it. I have never really been able to help myself with most of these types of books. The most effective self-help Book that I read is the Bible. Its wisdom has never let me down. Thanks.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      themanwithnopants~ thanks good to have you back in the game and I'll shoot you an email.

      Gus TheRedneck~ I agree with Drbj and you. Some of the books are good, but the school of hard knocks is where most people get their best lessons in life. Love the joke by the way!

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      10 years ago from USA

      Howdy izettl - That is an impressive list you set forth here. All the same, I will concur with the Good Doctor bj's comment, above. The two self-help books she pointed out are the "goodest" ones of them all.

      Also - a funny thought came along when I read the title of your article. It took the form of a question. What can a person do if the own only a horse and their feet and legs are also sore?

      Gus :-)))

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      10 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Good stuff sis! I've read em all (well not all) but let me give you one that I've been reading for over thirty years. It's my little Bible and it's called The World's Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino. Another one is Advanced Rhinocerology. Both of these are much different than the other cookie cutters. Good to have you back, and I'm back in my game big time. When you get the chance let me know how it went at Dad's and any other good stuff.


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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Amy~ I think you've had your "ah ha" moment right here in the comment section. Well, at least you are closer to the truth about these books than the zillions of people who buy. Most of it is stuff we already know but for some reason we believe it more if someone else tells us. You're so right about all this. And thank you for reading. Glad you enjoyed the humor.

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      Amy Becherer 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi izettl, Great title and write. I was laughing as soon as I saw the title. It's funny how the books that generate the most "ah ha" moments have me convinced we relate because we already know the latest genius's revelations! We are our own worst enemy. If each person could just go with what most of us already know, and stop the second guessing instigated by all these moneymaking self help con artists, our wallets would be healthier and so would our ability to take care of ourselves. I love your style and gut level, tongue in cheek humor.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks Mr Ah Sea~ Good to see you. I love your own analogies of self-help. So true, especially that last paragraph.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      sweetmummy~ you're so right. I think you have it together more than most people. Thanks for the comment.

      vydyulashashi~ glad to make you laugh and God bless you too.

      drbj~ I knew you's appreciate my list and you know what I agree with you on "How to win friends and influence people"- great book! Haven't read the other one you mentioned. THe other book I actually like on this list is "People of the Lie". Thanks so much for your comment.

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      10 years ago

      Brilliant and funny love it ..

      My thought is though self help books by the time you need help (well me any rate) I'm in such deep dodo I'm probably the worst person to help myself.. Ive always found helping others is a doddle compared with trying to straighten myself out personally but my one comfortis ...Because i know I'm mad it proves I'm not insane don't it ... So I'm happy (or stupid but that's a fine line to walk):)

      Put off the things you don't want to do today because tomorrow may never get here.Do all the things you wanna do ASAP same reason, And finally can someone tell me who pays the piper and why because i need a good plumber?

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      What an impressive list, izettl. Most self-help books are worthless unless the reader truly believes that what he or she is reading can be helpful in some way.

      Two on your list are exceptions; they are well worth a read: 'When Bad Things Happen To Good People' by Harold Kushner, and 'How To Win Friends and Influence People' by Dale Carnegie. Oldies but goodis!

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      10 years ago from Hyderabad,India

      Thanks for the wonderful info. Made me laugh and kept laughing throughout the while.

      God Bless You!

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      Raylene Wall 

      10 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      This is a great hub! Self-Help is an industry of its own, and I often think that the sole purpose of its existence is to continue its existence! I've read a few of these books, and sometimes you walk away feeling LESS helped and more broken, even hopeless, after reading them. This list made me laugh - probably the best thing you can do with most self-help books! ;)

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks Robwrite.

      thougforce~ I think self-help books are for a multitude of reasons and some can benefit, but others are ridiculous like the one you mentioned- the proper care and feeding of husbands- ick!

      OldPoolman~ I've also read a few of these and while some are OK and I feel better after reading them, it really does nothing applicable for my life. The thing with them is most people fit into a category of not having really that bad of issues or having really traumatic ones, and in each case most of these would never help. Thanks for stopping by!

      Triplet MOm~ Thanks for commenting and I was tempted to buy that 4 hour workweek book until I realized I'd have to get rid of my child- x's 3 for you! If mothers condensed their days to 4 hours, that would leave about 20 seconds for everything in our life. Ha!

      David Stone~ Nice to see you and I did read about 4 of these books and walked away with nothing. That was enough self-help book hell for me. I just wrote what came to mind so I'll give an official apology for the little remarks about men. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

      breakfastpop~ I am just amazed at the steady stream of these books that come out every year. There is such an incredible market for it. Do that many people think they are screwed up? Yikes!

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      David Stone 

      10 years ago from New York City

      Loved it, izettl. Lots of fun to read you letting it rip, even if you dinged us guys a bit. Well, more than a bit.

      I hope you didn't read all the books you riffed on. That would be self-help hell.

      Thanks for a fun, early in the day ride.

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks for the laugh. A friend gave me the 4-Hour Work Week and I thought the same exact thing! No wonder I am so messed up!

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      10 years ago

      I need help. I am sick and tired of all these self help books and I need to get them out of my head. Help!

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      Old Poolman 

      10 years ago

      I have read a couple of these books, and I am still all screwed up. I guess I didn't understand what I was reading. Most of these are written with a view of the world as a perfect place. Probably some good ideas in most of them, but it is hard to follow some of this advice when your world is turning upside down around you.

      Thanks for writing this and it was an enjoyable read as usual.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 years ago from Sweden

      I like your conclusion; "we know more and do less". But isn’t it great that one can find a self-help book to validate your feelings or your thoughts, no matter how odd they might be! "The proper care and feedings of husbands", is that for real? What century was that book written? Unbelievable:))

      I found this hub very entertaining! And some of the books would be interesting to read just to understand how they thought when they wrote them! Thanks for giving me a fun time!

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      10 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      I've heard of some of these books but never read any of them. It does seem to me that most of them say the same thing, in a different style.


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