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From the self-help section. I’m ...

Posted Sep 28 2008 6:11pm

From the self-help section. I’m pretty wary of the self-help section, particularly in bookstores. It’s a huge industry, the selling of self-help books, and I’m not sure how many of them help people, since they keep publishing them in the thousands. Wouldn’t they just stop publishing them soon, if they worked? It just seems a little self-fulfilling and not a little bit cynical.

That said, there are some pretty fun self-help blogs out there. The nice thing about these is you don’t have to fork out $16.95 (at least) for something that’s probably going to gather a lot of dust or remain half-read.

Here are a few that might help when you need a little inspiration:

  1. zenhabits: Probably the slickest and most heavily trafficked of the self-help/productivity sites. Exercise, procrastination, relationships, organization, you name it. Worth taking a look. For instance, here’s a post on decluttering. A very satisfying activity.
  2. dumb little man: Both of these sites have morphed from blogs into full-blown websites. No more blogrolls (column of links to fellow bloggers), lots of ads, streamlined and branded design — and lots of good pep talks, ideas, etc. Here’s post on achieving laser-like focus. “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”
  3. And here’s a post on ideas that dominate your thinking, at LifeDev.

Well, that’s about it. I can’t get too excited about self help, even in blog format. There are some disturbing elements in the self-help culture, like The Secret. Sorry, wishing things into your life won’t make it so.

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.

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