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    YouTube coaches / self-improvement videos

    You want to improve your concentration? Maybe your social skills could use a little boost? You suck at flirting with women and have been single for...? Do you struggle with motivation to finally move out and go to a gym?

    YouTube has something for you. Try to type one of these topics and see thousands of videos on it. Either with a charismatic handsome guy or with fancy looking animations. They seem all to be similar to each other. Many also try to advertise some books and courses for a lot of money.

    It's kind of an industry.

    My question is: do they really provide much insight? Have they helped you in you life or turned out to be yet another way of wasting your time by sitting on a couch watching them for hours?



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    Similar question, do self-help books work? They might hold some insight, but do they help?
    I suppose if you want a very base-level understanding on the subject, then it might help a little.
    But a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. These videos are made to be short, easily digestible and (usually) to sell a product to a mass-audience.
    Better to find a personal qualified teacher I think.


    If you wanted to improve your social skills and finding a woman, then sitting in front of a computer screen being unsocial is probably the last thing you should be doing. PUAs in particular are trash who know its easy to profit off of lonely, sex-starved men.

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    I'm going to be very frank:

    No.

    Youtube is a video hosting site where people eat tidepods and make two hour videos trying to tell you that the Earth is flat. I would not trust anyone who spends a considerable amount of time on Youtube to give me any useful advice.
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    I'm going to be very frank:

    Yes.

    Youtube is a video hosting site where people talk about what they are passionate about. In the worst case you have people trying to sell you something (like everywhere else) but in the best case you actually get some useful advice. Don't get me wrong, I would NOT blindly trust anyone who spends a considerable amount of time on Youtube to give me any useful advice...however that is not to say that I would not consider their advice is not worth listening to.
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    I never subscribe to self help gurus
    That is what I have therapy for and the ability to research subjects and read online for.

    You tube has been useful when I needed to know how to apply a few make up or hair techniques
    You tube has also been helpful when I needed guidance on my car with some maintenance or when I taught myself drywalling and texturing years ago it proved beneficial. So I look up technical stuff and the application, not the self help stuff.

    Nothing against self help just to be clear. I do often think Alotta the self help gurus are ESTPs & ENFJs giving advice anyways. So not really thinking I need to seek out the guidance of either given the nature of the advice probably already being what would be obvious and common sense to me in many cases. My sister is pretty big on sharing different inspirational self help guru stuff. When she shares I read and listen. It just is not stuff which I personally struggle with in many cases. And the things I do consider personal flaws that are a challenge I feel way better about discussing with a therapist or a friend.

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    One thing is that each individual's issues are largely personal, so they often require specific measures. Another problem is probably about the need for more specific plan of action. Action is the key to change anything in your life. Very few of these provide more specific, practical guidance about how to implement a change.

    I must admit that those videos can be quite entertaining. Many of them have cool animations (often drawing hand type).

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    No they don't and perhaps they do. It depends on the person who is actually taking the advice. Not everybody is the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensational View Post
    I never subscribe to self help gurus
    That is what I have therapy for and the ability to research subjects and read online for.

    You tube has been useful when I needed to know how to apply a few make up or hair techniques
    You tube has also been helpful when I needed guidance on my car with some maintenance or when I taught myself drywalling and texturing years ago it proved beneficial. So I look up technical stuff and the application, not the self help stuff.

    Nothing against self help just to be clear. I do often think Alotta the self help gurus are ESTPs & ENFJs giving advice anyways. So not really thinking I need to seek out the guidance of either given the nature of the advice probably already being what would be obvious and common sense to me in many cases. My sister is pretty big on sharing different inspirational self help guru stuff. When she shares I read and listen. It just is not stuff which I personally struggle with in many cases. And the things I do consider personal flaws that are a challenge I feel way better about discussing with a therapist or a friend.

    That may be a nice example of a healthy extrovert behaviour.


    I don't seek that kind of confort on youtube anyways it could feel great in small dosis like an ocasional perfume but i rather prefer practical advice about something specific or methaphysic stuff. Oh annddd MUUUUSICCC fountain.

    Anyways it can be a good oasis for some people that seek possitiveness references.
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    I take anything I see, hear or read with a grain of salt.

    It's nice to be open to other people's interpretations, but ultimately you have to decide and judge for yourself what's true and valid information. And just because everyone's "doing it" doesn't make it right.. YouTube is nice for learning about current trends, past philosophies, digital art computer based techniques, but supposed 'gurus' (I bet some of them are financially sponsored from private interest) are no different than you and I. They're just better at talking. And even peer-reviewed academic journals can be biased as the board of directors who approve of research papers aren't immune to sociopolitical bias, which is unscientific in itself.

    Like everything in life, check your sources. You inherently know when something is consistent or not.

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    Many of them offer a lot of payed material on their sites with free stuff being just a bait, constructed in a way to encourage someone to pay exorbitant prices for ebooks or videos of unknown value.

    There was kind of a scandal when one Polish YouTuber did a video exposing the fraud of a special case of such coaches: pick-up artists, although some seem to be more clever with "I'm better than them" formula, they even tend to criticize PuAs while peddling similar techniques under different names. Their payed materials and courses are usually insanely expensive, techniques quite unsophisticated and often bordering with harassment. Lots of bloated promises and false hopes.

    There is hardly ever any evidence of their own successes, they sometimes write fake positive comments and employ their female friends to make recordings that look like them successfully getting phone numbers and dates from girls.

    Now I understand why so many girls wear headphones on the street.


     
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