Self-Improvement Has Made Me Worse
Niklas Göke
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What an awful piece of text. And the fact that comments to it are overwhelmingly positive and appreciative is even more depressing.

  • Foremost, I just want to state that I am interested in self-improvement, I do not see it as a bad thing and a fad self-absorbed people. But I am not an overlyzealos follower of the topic. I find it not productive to read throughout the whole ‘4-hour work week’, or how it’s called, book instead of actually doing something. Sorry, but this is not the same kind of learning like, learning a programming language or developing actual skills you need to improve professionall.y
  • If for self-improvement, you read a dozen of self-improvement books (as a number of quoted sources suggest), you are defenitely doing it wrong. It’s like exercising by way of only rigorously maintaining the training-routine lists. What about actually doing it? No way, anyone will ever convince me that to be effective in self-improvement you have to read all those guru’s that quoted in this article. This stuff can’t take more of your time than scribbles below the footnotes.
  • THIRD (and that’s is my largest beef with this article). How the hell is the author’s apparent neurotic hypochondria related to self-improvement???? This issuch a basic tenet of… not even a self-improvement process… but of a pure reasonable requirement for a well-funcaitoning, stable member of human society: that one should not be judgemental. That’s it. Do not be judgemental. If you are you defnitely have a problem, but it is your own thing. Who said there is causation between self-improvement and becoming overly judgemental misanthrope?
  • And I can’t imagine what good this article may bring. I always thought that self-improvement, and foremost reading about it, was always about getting motivated, developing the right mindset and staying focused on your goal. This article is just: ‘Hey guys, you know what? You do not need self-improvement, because you would still feel bad, maybe just in a different way’. And that is just not true, as the symptoms that the author is describing are independt of self-improvement. I am not even sure that they have anything to do with self-improvement even in the author’s case, not to say about the others.

Extremely dissapointed that Medium bumped this up and that there are so many positive comments about this useless piece of text. There has to be an opposite of ‘clapping’ for articles like this one.

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