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I need help with myself! My self-help addiction

Today I am getting up close and personal with my self-help habit.

And to let you know I am not messing around when I call it a habit here are most (but not all) the books that I have bought / read / attempted to read in my search for a solution… and Dom’s one book.

Although I mention Snake Oil sellers I don’t think most Self-Help writers are liars. I think a few are misguided and yet well meaning, many are good and some are wonderful.

The ones that I think are wonderful in the list below, I have given an asterisk. ^_^

Dom’s ONE book:
You Inc – Christine Clifford and Harry Beckwith

All of my books:
David Allen Getting Things Done
James Altucher Choose Yourself!
John U Bacon THE SPARK: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All
Joshua Becker Simplify
Brene Brown Daring Greatly
Rhonda Byrne The Secret
*Julia Cameron The Artist’s Way (and at Work)
*Pema Chödrön The Places That Scare You
Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (and most of the others)
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist
*Stephen Cope – Everything he has ever written, I actually think his book ‘The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living’ would have been my ONE BOOK – my ‘You Inc’, if I had had the courage to let it change me.
Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Ram Dass Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart
Liz Davenport Order from Chaos
Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit
Carol Dweck Mindset Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential
Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run With The Wolves
Timothy Ferriss The 4-Hour Work Week
John Gray Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (and the one about sex)
Robert Holden Shift Happens!
Arianna Huffington On Becoming Fearless
Francine Jay The Joy of Less
Susan Jeffers Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway
Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheese
Robert T. Kiyosaki Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler The Art of Happiness
*Anne Lamott – Everything she has written
Ellen J Langer On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity
Danielle LaPorte The Firestarter Sessions
Greg McKeown Essentialism
Randy Pausch The Last Lecture
M Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled
James Redfield The Celestine Prophecy
Anthony Robbins Awaken The Giant Within
Derek Rydell Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change
Charlene Spretnak Relational Reality
Chade-Meng Tan Search Inside Yourself
Steve Taylor Waking From Sleep
Henry David Thoreau Walden
Ekhart Tolle (All of Them)
Iyanla Vanzant In the Meantime
Neale Donald Walsch Conversations with God
*Alan Watts The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Ruth Whippman The Pursuit of Happiness

(and this is just the general self-help / advice for living stuff and doesn’t include all the diet books, professional improvement books and more narrowly religious / meditation books)

I am Tracy Dumais and I live in Bangkok, Thailand. I am new to YouTube and it shows, but stick with me… I will get better.

The opinions in this video are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer, my parents, my husband, my cats or even my chihuahua.

Music: Orbit by Josh Woodward

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Fayz Jibril says:

well i heard u say, i read them all bt didn't heard you apply them……ur feelings comes 1st &i think that is your problem…….let this be your last self help book "the confidence gap"….i know the title sound cheesy bt belive me it is not about confidence more like understanding the feeligs………and please finish it regardless o your thought

Jen Anna says:

I just posted a video about this on my channel. I think it could be helpful for you. Please let me know if you watch it. Its called "Are self help books a scam? Is self help an addiction." These types of books have really helped me. You have to read them through the whole way and over and over again and integrate them into every part of your life.

Roseann Littleford-Hutson says:

Woops, I may have inadvertently added to your problem with my birthday present 😟 xx

Brian Boyd says:

The tip of the ice book. LOL. My favourite is 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff'

Autumn Dawn Leader says:

I think self help only works for those who don't need it. I've tried the things…and have stopped the things…because nothing works. Other than the practical things I learned from mindfulness… but, while it assists in certain ways, it's not a path to happiness and fulfillment…except, of course, to those capable of such a thing…and some of us are just not built that way.

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