Do you read self help books?

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    Do you read self help books?

    At what age did you start reading them? At what age should someone start reading them?
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    I used to. But they become addictive, for a certain type of person. I had to give them up.

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    I once read "How to win friends, and influence people." It changed my life.

    jk, it was pretty much common sense.

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    I tried one or two, but they came across as very wishy washy to me. So I gave it up.

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    I like to find super weird and random self-help books. Amazon has some wild ones. I do this for fun though, not to actually improve myself in any way.

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    Sometimes - kind of depends (they aren't all helpful!). I have no clue what age I started. Probably late teens, early twenties?

    One of the first ones that I read that I really liked was called "How to stubbornly refuse to make yourself miserable." hahaha.
    It works 50 percent of the time, every time.

    At what age should someone start reading them?
    Uh... I don't think there's a target age.
    Also, some people are probably better off not reading them. If you don't find them helpful or interesting, don't force it out of obligation.
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    no, don't need anyone else to tell me how to help myself

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    When I was 24 I read one on social anxiety since my therapist recommended it to me.

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    I read "The War Of Art" by Steven Pressfield because I'd heard it described as "the only self-help book you'd ever need" and yeah, it is really good. But it's not something you'd ever read twice, because reading it twice would just be one more form of procrastination.

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    I've read a few and appreciated all of them. There was one particular book I'd picked up on sale at a local bookstore, Mindfulness for Mothers by Rebecca Ryan, that I carried around like a teddy bear so I could practice its exercises wherever I went. I found the exercises to be incredibly helpful, and while I don't use the book as often nowadays, I still practice some I've memorised. The best thing the book and mindfulness has done for me is change the way I react to my emotions. I used to have intense emotional reactions to minor issues; now, after practicing mindfulness, it's like water off a duck's back. Great deal for $7.

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