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The Effectiveness of Self-Help Books

Updated on March 27, 2015

From Memoirs to Blockbuster

Tired of going to your psychiatrist or psychologist for a session therapy? Why not indulge in many self-help books available in the books and magazines section of a bookstore or mart near you.

Self-Help books really fill the gap between you and your busy therapist. If you’re so busy with your work, take time reading books that can really influence your life in a positive way. These books are real stories that can also change your life for the better.

Popular TV Talk Shows, like Oprah, recommends self-help books that can really change your life. These books may not only help you psychologically or physically but can be an alternative therapy, like in cooking or other hobbies that you can do at home.

Self-help books range from A to Z. From Mental Health Concerns, Challenges in Living, Personal Growth up to Saving the Earth, you can find every topic you want to venture into.

Mental Health Concerns include: abusive relationship, addiction, anger management, suicide and many other topics that can really change your lives with its featured remedies and therapy.

Challenges in Living include: men and women's issues, family issues, teenagers and intimate relationships among others.

Personal Growth features: career development, health and wellness, creative writing and related topics for individual's development.

Saving the Earth promotes books and DVDs on Nature, Global Warming, Conservation and Green Living.

The wide array of topics in these books will really help you personally. You can also recommend such books if you have already read it and did a positive result in your life.

Success and Personal Effectiveness

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Your Dreams by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

This collection of 101 stories is based on the belief that testimonies of goodness and loving transformations can nourish us to the bone and heal the cynicism in our hearts. The short simple stories tell about an event, a person, or an everyday miracle that exemplifies the best of the human spirit. This multi-million selling book has taught readers that dreams really do come true for those who dare to believe that any obstacle can be overcome with persistence, patience, and belief in oneself.

Note: I have read this book way back 2005. I have left it in the ship's library so that others may read it and be inspired.

How Effective those Self-Help Books?

In my own experience, as an introvert before, I was awaken by the stories of heroes and famous people in history who contributed to their nations' independence.

More so, popular television hosts who personally struggle before gaining fame is a tough act to follow.

Alas, they inspire me to be like them, to follow the right path they've walked on in order to be roles models to others.

With their memoirs and written books, many will follow their footsteps into righteousness.

Ten Most Famous Self-Help Books

Title of the Book
Date of First Publication/Publisher
1. How to Win Friends & Influence People
Dale Carnegie
2.The Road Less Travelled
M. Scott Peck
3.Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway
Susan Jeffers
4. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
John Gray
5.He's Not Just That Into You
Greg Behrent & Liz Tucillo
6.The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
Simon & Schuster
7.The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle
Hodder Headline Australia
8. Awakening The Buddhist Heart: Cultivating Love and Spiritual Intelligence in Your Life
Lama Surya Das
9. The Secret
Rhonda Byrne
Simon & Schuster
10. Intimacy and Solitude
Stephanie Dowrick
Random House Australia
These self-help books will surely awaken you in terms of finding positivity, success and optimism with yourself, with your neighbors and friends, family and partners.


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You can travel the world if you have time reading books. You don't have to worry about airfares. Thanks, bacville.

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      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Books on effective studying are some of my gifts when I graduated with honors in elementary last year.


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