How to find an effective self help book
Whenever you wish to judge how helpful a self help book is then look for the following characteristics in books which may be of help and either can be purchased or borrowed through interlibrary loan:
- Clarity of writing. Books that have too much jargon or what is sometimes called “psychobabble” are to be avoided. Nowadays there are also talking versions of books and kindle.
- The book is based on up to date research. It discusses the limits of what is already known. For example, most therapists and virtually all hypnotherapists will mention the unconscious (subconscious) mind. Research on the mind and also hypnosis and its affect on the mind is still ongoing. Any author who states that the mind can be known in a definite way does not know about the tentative nature of ongoing research. There is quite a lot we still need to find out. This refers to the fact that people’s minds are different so what works for one person may not for another. Hence the phrase, “One person’s meat is another person’s poison.”
- Books with detailed information about how to change behaviour such as: Susan Jeffers’s book: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”. Published by Arrow Books.