What to Look for in a Self-Help Book

We all experience problems throughout our lives. However, we have to overcome these issues the best we can. If we do not work toward overcoming our issues, we can cause other problems in our lives. Therefore, it is essential that we get help for our problems whenever we cannot handle them on our own. Some people choose to read a self-help book as a method of finding help to solve their problems. What should we be looking for from a self-help book?

Who Is The Author?

Has the author of the self-help book actually gone through any significant issues in his or her life? If not, you should probably take any advice given with a grain of salt. An author trying to solve a problem that he or she has no prior experience going through is not going to give the best advice. Instead, you should seek out someone who can relate to what you are going through. Think about if your friend was going through a terrible divorce. Your advice for getting through the hard times will come across as more genuine if you are currently married or have gone through a divorce. This is because you know what it is like to be in a marriage when things have gone bad. If your advisor hasn’t actually gone through these issues on their own, then it’s wise to seek the advice of a professional therapist. Therapists are trained to give advice based on what people tell them. You can rest assured that any strategies or coping mechanisms taught to you will have some merit to them.

Is The Book Blunt And Honest?

You always want people to tell you that things are going to be OK. While this is something that you need to hear from time to time during any period of personal depression, you should also be seeking the truth. You want someone to tell you when you are being stupid, stubborn or shortsighted. People tend to wrap themselves in a blanket of self-pity when things are going poorly. They want to blame others for their problems. If you are always blaming others, you are never looking to yourself as the possible cause of your problems. Even if your bad situation isn’t of your own making, you may be taking actions that only make things worse. For example, you might be going through a rough patch with your parents. Your parents may have neglected you as a child or thrown you out of the house in a hasty manner. However, you cannot blame them for your drinking problem that resulted because of the neglect your parents showed you. It is up to you to take the first step toward becoming sober again. A good self-help book will tell you that you need to get over the past if you ever hope to have a productive future. When someone is willing to show you tough love, you tend to become a better person for it. Those who are blunt with you can get you past whatever issues are holding you back.

Is the Self-Help Book Easy To Read?

You won’t get any help from a self-help book that you have a hard time reading. A good self-help book will use short sentences, easy to read words and have a big font. This will help you understand what you are reading and help you relate to what is being said in the book. Even better, a book that comes in an audio format is going to be even easier for you to digest. This is because some people are better listeners than they are readers. If this sounds like you, an audio self-help book can help you get through your issues while you are at the gym, sleeping or driving to work.

If you have a tablet, try to get a copy of your book that is formatted to be read on a tablet. This will allow you to take your book everywhere that you go. You can read your book on your lunch break, at the beach or wherever else you happen to be sitting down. This allows you to read your book in bunches. Whenever you are trying to improve yourself, it needs to happen at your own pace. Otherwise, you are simply going to lose the message. Therefore, you need to find a book format that allows you to get the most out of what is being said.

The best self-help book is going to be honest with you, come from a reliable author and will let you read at your own pace. Whenever you are trying to help yourself, you have to be ready and willing to accept what the book is telling you. If you are not ready to be helped, it may be better to put off reading a self-help book until you can come to terms with what is going on in your life.