self help books...

Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by thedeafmusician, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    Sooo... what do we all think of em? :unsure:

    Personally I dont like them much and a lot of them just drive me up the wall... but still I'm interested about what everyone else thinks here.

  2. Ignored

    Ignored Staff Alumni

    I absolutely love them... I have tonnes on every conceivable topic, although I don't actually read them. I think that by buying them and putting them on my bookshelves that they impart their knowledge by a kind of osmosis! Unfortunately, it hasn't worked yet! :mad:
  3. MrDepressed

    MrDepressed Guest

    I dont like reading them but I sure like to listen to them on audio book, especially when I am going to bed... lately I have been listening to 7 habits of highly effective people by Steven Covey.
  4. Ziggy

    Ziggy Antiquitie's Friend

    I'm not sure whether they're self help books or not but I've found the works of the Dalai Lama really helpful.
    I don't believe I've got any untapped potential, ability or greatness within me but I do believe that I have the ability to develop compassion for myself and other people.
  5. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    WOW!! I can't believe I missed this thread.

    Ones I have that I like & helped & I recommend.

    I Hate you - don't leave me. By Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D., and Hal Straus. (on BPD)


    Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified. By Robert O. Friedel, MD (on BPD)


    Bright Red Scream. By Marilee Strong. (Self Harm)

    Recovery of your self esteem. By Carolyn Hillman, C.S.W. (self esteem, anxiety)


    Earth Medicine, By Jamie Sams.

    There's a few :)

  6. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    Some are helpful, some are not. They are written by people just like us, so how do we really know if they are really self helping or not?
  7. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    How do you know we ARE self helping? sorry didn't get your question... (me's tired ZZzZz)
  8. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    I don't know. That is the whole point.
  9. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    Awwwwwwwww :hug: 's Corrina..
  10. count vronsky

    count vronsky Member

    What to say when you talk to yourself by Shad Helmsetter
    The success principles by Jack Canfield
    Ask and it is given by Esther Hicks
    How to get control of your time and your life by Alan Lakein

    Just to mention a few.

    They are all great. The problem is that they don´t work for you if you´re
  11. worlds edge

    worlds edge Well-Known Member

    I'm doubtless generalizing here, but most of the ones I've read all ultimately crib from the same source: Napoleon Hill. Most famous for Think and Grow Rich, he also wrote a less well known (and far longer) work on The Law of Success. I would submit that Robbins, Maltz, Covey, probably Chopra, Og Mandino, Zig Ziglar, across the board take his work and change it around slightly, make up a few new buzzwords. Thus psycho-cybernetics becomes neuro-associative conditioning, etc.

    Two big complaints: first they all over-promise and under-deliver, second in a weird way these people don't wind up being as successful as they advertise. Tony Robbins gets divorced, which I'd normally not say anything about, except that he goes on and on and on in his book Awaken the Giant Within how wonderful his marriage is, thanks to the secrets that he knows that he'll also teach you. Steven Covey buys a publicly trade company and does such a horrible job running it he is removed from day to day operations and is made into nothing but a figurehead. (They can't fire him, since his name is part of the company name.)

    Actually, I have a third complaint: A lot of the authors of these things use them basically as advertising platforms to push seminars, or other books and CDs.
  12. mike25

    mike25 Well-Known Member

    The best self help book is The Holy Bible.
  13. downmage

    downmage Well-Known Member

    I'll list my favorites and really there not in any order;

    One Hundred Ways To Motivate Yourself ~ Steve Chandler

    Reinventing Yourself ~ Steve Chandler

    Real Magic ~ Wayne Dyer

    Success is a Journey ~ Brian Tracy

    Six Pillars of Self Esteem~ Nathaniel Branden

    The Power of NOW ~ Eckhart Tolle

    The Gift of Change ~ Marianne Williamson

    Ask and It Is Given ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks ( the wisdom of Abraham )

    Divine Intuition ~ Lynn Robinson

    Conversations With God ~ Donald Neale Walsh

    The Seth Books ~ Jane Roberts

    The Science of Mind ~ Ernest Holmes
  14. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    I suppose I might find some of them helpful if I had the time or ambition to read them.
  15. Pécheur

    Pécheur Account Closed

    The Road Less Travelled - M. Scott Peck

    I've read it a couple of times, it's very straight forward and tells it like it is.. throws in a few case studies to keep you interested. If you were 'really' intent on actively implementing his suggestions, it could work out for you. Shame I'm not :laugh: .
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