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Five Things You Need to Know About Self-Help Books

Want to improve your relationships? Having trouble sleeping? Feeling stuck in your career? Coping with bereavement? Looking to hone your leadership skills? If you’re like many people, you’ll try to solve these and other problems in your life by browsing the website or self-help aisles of your favorite bookstore. Self-improvement books now account for at least a $2.5 billion a year industry in the U.S. alone, increasing since 1972 to at least 2.5% of the total number of books in print. Approximately one-third to one-half of adults in the U.S. have purchased a self-improvement book at least once in their lifetime.

Without refining the categories too much, there are an astounding 417, 000 and counting self-help results available on Amazon.com in the search for “self-help.” There are 50 top-selling books alone on anxiety and depression. Given this staggering collection, how can you possibly decide where to look for the self-help book that will most help you? Fortunately, you can narrow your search by following a few relatively simple guidelines.

Before you click to purchase or snatch that appealing title off the grocery store rack, it’s wise to consider these guidelines, even if the purchase will only cost you a small amount of your hard-earned currency. It’s not only the financial investment you need to stop and think about, but the emotional one as well. Getting the wrong self-help book can actually set you back in your search for answers to the dilemmas facing you in your life right now.

Guideline #1: Check out the author’s credentials. You’re probably expecting that the advice I’ll give you is to look for authors with doctorates in psychology or related fields. You may figure that the only self-help authors worth giving your precious time and attention to have years of professional training in academia and the sciences. All other things being equal, you’re right. Good job; you’re off to a great start! Yes, it’s better if a self-help author has logged in a certain number of courses, contributed to a certain number of scientific studies, and provided a certain number of hours of professional services. However, keep in mind that the individual’s training and experience tell only part of the story. You can’t judge a self-help book entirely by its author’s academic pedigree.



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