Answers in Self-Help Books
Self-help books have been around for a long time. As early as the ancient Egypt, self learning books have been written and circulated. Many regard The Bible as most significant and effective self-help book. This literature has also evolved over time. 15th century instructions were focused on the strictest of etiquette, guide books to love and interpersonal relationships.
Over the last few decades, significance and presence of self-help books have never been more prevalent. Nowadays, around 3% of the printed and downloaded books are of the self-help genre. It is also notable the shift of focus on the subjects. Most popular subject matters of today are focused on dieting, anger management, stress management, brain stimulants, languages, body building and other how-to’s and do-it-yourself guides.
The momentous of the self-help evolution is on its focus of conduct. Whereas before, they tend to tackle subjects on one’s proper behavior around society, the present editions are more on personal development for one’s own happiness and wellness. Early issues of these books will teach you how you will properly conduct while with and around other people. Things like proper posture, how to laugh properly, table manners and rules in courtship. Every nuance of one’s behavior while with other people are subject to rules and guides, but nothing was said when one is alone and on his own.
On the contrary, self-improvement books of today are centered on one’s self. Issues on how to feel and look better and generally be better people are often discussed. The main thought of the recent issues is the “you, in control of yourself” theme. You have the power to stay healthy, young, slim and beautiful. You alone can end your bad habits. You and nobody else can cause your success. Your opinion about yourself is the only one that matters.
In an age of self-rumination, self-empowerment is at its best. In this society, we are no longer shackled with codes of conduct. Social order and boundaries are a thing of the past. It no longer matters how you were born. What counts is how you will improve yourself and succeed. Race, gender, sexual preferences, age, even looks and intelligence is no longer a relevant variable to success. Nothing else matters but you. This seemingly empowering autonomy is also a double sided blade. When you alone is responsible with your life, all blame is also put at your door.
So, the question is, are these books effective? Can they really help? Yes and no. Yes, these books can provide you factual information and answers to your questions. They can guide you on the basic and complex steps of the process that you want to undergo. They are also rich in advices, tips and pointers to better ensure your success. These books are also effective. People still buy and patronize it, which is why authors, editors, writer and publicists are still around are churning out more books.
No, these books won’t do you any good. It can teach you how to exercise to get six pack abs, but do you have the motivation to sustain the routines? Books can guide you what to eat, will you have the will to stick to healthy foods? They can certainly give you tips on how to study more effectively, but do you have the drive to learn? Pointers from stress and anger management handbooks will all go to waste if you do not have the peace in your heart.
The answer really lies with you. First, know yourself. With that, you will also know the reasons of your anger, the source of stress, why eat a lot and why you seem to lack the energy for everything. The answer is with you already. You don’t need a bunch of books to uncover that. You just have to look within, harder and deeper.
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