Why I No Longer Buy Self Help Books

They all say some combination of these five things.

Sep 30 · 1 min read

But before we get to those five things, the first possibility is there’s no helping me now. And while this may be true (he says with tongue in cheek) every self-help book has similar characteristics.

Photo by Noémi Macavei-Katócz on Unsplash

Every self-help book has— at their core —these five messages.

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat properly
  • Meditate to be mindful
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be kind to others without being cruel to yourself.

If You Doubt Me

If you doubt me, go to every self-help book you own. Write down the core message of that book in three paragraphs.

Then précis those paragraphs to one sentence each.

Repeat for every self-help book you own.

I rest my case.

Doug Green

Written by

Former nurseryman, now writer and curious about what’s over the next hill and how to get there in either my Triumph Spitfire or sailboat.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade