Your insight from reading self help books

@bamakelly (5193)
United States
June 2, 2009 11:08am CST
I have dabbled with some self help books in my time and over the years I have come away pretty much inspired. I usually like to choose these types of books because of the experiences in my life time. I am in my early forties but yet feel that I can still learn no matter what age. I also like to choose books that help me to be a better person and to create a new way of being. My question to you is have you ever walked away from a book such as a self help book and felt very inspired? Have you walked away a better person because of it and are you still living by the words that you might have read? Thank you for all opinions.
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• United States
2 Jun 09
I like to read them on certain topics. I feel it's always good to gather knowledge and get an outside perspective. I have been inspired by some. I usually read ones on parenting because I have a daughter and like to know better ways to relate and be a better parent.
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@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
2 Jun 09
It is true that you can gather knowledge from an outside perspective. That is a great way of putting it. You seem to have the right idea to read books that can inspire you. I definitely can understand wanting to read some books on parenting. There are probably millions of books like that. As I say, if you can come away from any kind of book moved and inspired then it was well worth it. As for wanting to gain ideas as to becoming a better parent my hat is off to you. The books out there on the related subjects of parenthood are so important to people like you and me. We as parents should always want to learn more and by reading books it is a great start.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I am addicted to self help books. I can read self help books all the time. It helps me to become better no matter what I am doing. I also listen to audio books when in my car, mostly self help books...
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@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I am not necessarily addicted to self help books but if I do come across one in a book store or another type of store then I will peruse them and perhaps buy one. I do agree that they can help you become a better person especially if you can implement them into your life in the right way. I think that is a great idea to be able to listen to an audio of books. You can listen while you do some other things and still gain the insight you can use.
• United States
4 Jun 09
Kelly- A few books that have helped me in the last few years are Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui, One Bowl, and Simple Abundance. I needed them at the time I read them, and I still refer to them. They helped me to find that balance I was seeking, and how to finally be content with where I was at in life. I read quite a bit though, so I am always picking up new books in this area. I think that we can always improve, always learn, and always grow. Namaste-Anora
• China
4 Jun 09
I used to read self-help books and regard them as my favorites. But now there are millions of books about this field and the whole value is lower than before. And I find most of those books have the same purpose and even the same measures and solutions. They just change their names and pictures. So more books I read, more disappointed I feel. And now I seldom read these books unless its purpose is new and attract me very much.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I have probably read about a half dozen self hellp books in my life. I have learned something from each of them. I can't say I "walked away feeling inspired". But I did come away from them feeling somewhat wiser. What books have you read?
@Theresaaiza (10539)
• Australia
3 Jun 09
I always thought self help books and do-it-yourself manuals or books were the same. So let me talk about do-it-yourself books. Yes they are pretty helpful. It saves you the time, money and effort of having to find a specialist or expert in the field to help you accomplish something. The only downside of it is that since you can't interact with a book, there are still questions you have in mind which the book cannot provide sufficient answers for. I guess nothing can really replace the ability of a human being.
@tpayne33 (52)
• United States
3 Jun 09
Yes,I have. It's a book called "Rich Dad,Poor Dad" by Robert K.( I can't remember how to spell his last name.)The book is an autobiography of his life and who he was taught how to handle his money by his father,Poor Dad, and the father of his best friend,Rich Dad. The book give you an understanding on how some people follow certain way of thinking a just hope for the best. There some people who go against popular beliefs,think outside of the box and be very successful. I think it is a valuable book to have in anyone's collection. "Rich Dad,Poor Dad" is a first in series of books that can help you do anything you set your mind to.
@scheng1 (24710)
• Singapore
3 Jun 09
Hi Bamakelly, I like reading Chicken Soup for the Soul, all the different series. I feel happier and positive that people are sharing their experience, and living a life as routine as mine, yet are able to find happiness and satisfaction in their lives. It's through one of the Chicken Soup book that I came across Prosperity Game, a game that was designed to change our mindset from "lack" to "abundance"
@Porcospino (27583)
• Denmark
2 Jun 09
I have read many self help books. I usually borrow them at the library at first, if I like the book and if I find it helpful I sometimes buy it, so that I can read it again. There are a few books that I have read many, many times especially the books written by Wayne Dyer. I have read them at different stages of my life. There were some things that I didn't understand in the beginning, but when I re-read the books at a later point, I was suddenly able to relate to the content, because I was older and because I had been through a development myself. I have read many self help books that weren't useful for me at all, but I have also read some books which have been a great inspiration and a help for me.
@maximax8 (30098)
• United Kingdom
2 Jun 09
I love to read self help books like Teach Yourself to ... is a favorite of time. There are hundreds of different topics and by reading one of them I manage to improve my life. I especially like reading about how to do clutter clearing. That is getting rid of things I no longer need and making more space in my home. I get inspired by reading about other people's experiences which are included in the self help book. I have my own ideas that I follow as well as guidance given in the books.
• United States
2 Jun 09
Yes I have. It has been years ago that I read the book titled "I'm OK, You're OK" and was really impressed. I found myself in many of the situations covered and soon started to reflect on how other people respond to what we say but more how we tend to be followers rather than to think for ourselves. I still live that way today, think for myself but listen to what others say because it is always possible that others may have a more deeper understanding I what I thought was important. That is why we were given a brain, to grow by listening to others and ourselves.
• United States
2 Jun 09
I've read many self-help books during my life and feel that they were very inspiring. The problem is that I didn't follow through by following the suggestions outlined in the books. Action is the key ingredient, I think. I still enjoy reading books about personal growth.
@emilie2300 (1889)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I like self help books I have found them very useful. and good to read especially the borderline personality disorder. because I have it and wanted to learn more about it. Also the anger and managment and deppression self helps.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I have never read a self help book. guess it would have helped in some situations but had to learn by life's hard knocks but i survived. if they help u, that's great. i hope they continue to. happy days to you.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I usually have three books going at the same time, one will be a self help book, so the answer is yes I do read them. I will also be reading a do it yourself book and a novel. I have a short attention span.