Helping the self

Day 19: Have you ever read a self-help book or a book related to psychology?  What is your opinion on them?  If you have read them do you have a favorite?

I have read many self help books and mental health nursing texts.  I have many favourites because I never find all the answers in any single book.  Instead I find tidbits which I gather and use to meet my changing needs or focus.  My overall favourites would be those written by someone who has lived with what they are sharing.  “Experts” that speak outside of any lived experience feel less authentic to me and I am unlikely to follow through on their suggestions. I think clinical information is relevant but if I am wanting self help ideas then I like it to be more personalised to the author.

I believe that anything that helps me to define my reality or address areas of it I want to change is another resource.  I can mine books for what works for me and put aside what doesn’t.  I don’t like books that feel like I am being preached to or start from the assumption that I am stupid.  I do find reading self help books can support me on my mental health journey.


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