Many people – clients, friends, family members, etc. – often ask me for self-help book recommendations to offer them additional insight, support, or guidance in whatever they happen to be going through. To be honest, though, I’m not exactly the biggest self-help book enthusiast and tend to disappoint in my response. This article titled “Why I’ll never Read Another Parenting Book” more or less explains exactly why more self-help books than not are tailored towards making profits off of people’s insecurities, uncertainties, and fears. I try to steer people away from the average self-help book because they not only profit on people’s vulnerabilities, but ultimately distract people by getting them to focus on how to address their various symptoms rather than take them deeper into the meaning that lies within them.
“Anxious parents are big business, and parenting books are an important segment of the insecurity economy.”