Self HelpDecember 6th, 2013 by David
‘Self help’ tools include books, magazines, websites, CD’s, DVDs, motivational workshops and presentations which individuals pursue in order to enhance their potential at reaching goals and discovering opportunity. Self help is a form of self-guided life improvement.
Commonly used for those looking to lose weight, find love, heal emotional wounds, recover or make money, self help mechanisms are widely available; and perhaps more of an influence in your life than you might think.
Popular books such as ‘The Secret’ and ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ are two of the best selling self help books of recent years.
‘The Secret’ explores the power of the human mind and positive thought processes. It is designed as a ‘success’ manual to apply to all people in all areas of their life, from making money to finding love and happiness.
‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ is the single woman’s guide to modern dating and was so popular that it inspired a film. The original concept for the book was made famous by a ‘Sex And The City’ episode.
People often turn to self help books and other tools as a way to take control of their lives; to inspire a new perspective or direction. ‘Self help’ can also provide a guide to an area of life which might otherwise mystify or intimidate such as the dating world.
‘Self help’ quotes are commonly posted on social networking websites and people also display them in their homes or workspaces. Any external stimulus which serves to motivate or inspire can be labelled as ‘self help.’
Certain ‘self help’ therapies are being prescribed by health professionals as part of an NHS ‘books on prescription’ scheme. These books may be recommended while the patient waits to be counselled in face-to-face therapy but usually in conjunction with other treatments and therapy.
The NHS offers a number
of ‘computer counselling’ programmes which allow people to learn and develop ‘self help’ skills in the privacy of their own home. They are designed for mild depression, anxiety, panic attacks, beating eating disorders including bulimia and anorexia and mood disorders.
Many healthcare professionals view ‘self help’ as a highly useful coping mechanism for one to understand themselves and their situations better. However it is rarely viewed as the complete answer but more of a complementary therapy to comprehensive treatments.