5 Indispensable Self-help Books

5 indispensable self-help books

You have probably already experienced complicated moments in your life that have prompted you to seek an explanation. Maybe you wanted to understand what happened to you. Or maybe you were just looking for solutions to your problems. To do that, you may have looked for self-help books. Nowadays you can find a lot of this medicine “on paper and in ink”.

Some self-help books talk about love, sadness, anxiety, or how to overcome the obstacles that keep you from reaching a goal. There are topics and authors that appeal to a wide variety of tastes. There are even books to learn how to be a better parent.

So you have all these options. That is why it is difficult to choose a specific book. Because they can all look the same and be different at the same time. There’s no point in choosing the thickest book if the content is worthless. You need a self-help book that can inspire and motivate you to get moving and make positive changes.

Why are self-help books successful?

According to psychologist Susana Moraga, “The success of self-help books comes from being widely available to a diverse audience.” She also thinks that the reason their popularity is rising has to do with their reasonable cost. They are also easily accessible in libraries and on digital platforms. In addition to all these things, the language is also easily accessible. People usually like them. This is important because their popularity is usually a result of word of mouth.

Moraga also points out that “we have overcome the cliché or embarrassment of self-help books.” We no longer think that people who read them have a mental disorder. More and more people are realizing the importance of mental health.

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5 self-help books

Let me introduce you to five self-help books that I have in my library. That doesn’t mean they are completely indispensable. By the time you read this article, better books will probably already exist. Because new self-help books are constantly being published. Still, I can assure you that these books are scientifically based and that most people will easily understand them.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy,  by David D. Burns

As the title suggests, this book focuses on how to overcome bad moods. However, we also want to make sure that the title is not confusing for the readers. Therefore, we would like to clarify that a “bad mood” is not synonymous with depression. Burns explains in a clear and concise way how you can improve your mood to prevent depression.

This book can be additional material to psychological therapy. Because the information in the book is a useful reminder of the aspects of the therapy. This book is useful not only for patients but also for experienced psychologists.

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If Life Gives Us Lemons, We’ll Make It Lemonade,  by Ernesto Lopez Mendez and Miguel Costa

The authors of this book were my professors when I got my master’s degree in psychology. They are charming people with a lot of experience in the field of psychology. Maybe that’s why I like this book so much.

In a clear, simple and educational way, this book gives us an in-depth understanding of stress. It helps the reader understand how and why stress hits us so hard. We not only find explanations about this effect, but also about how it can be harmful to our health. However, the book does not focus solely on stress. It also provides us with practical tips for dealing with our fears, nervousness, sadness and obsessions.

Ernesto Lopez Mendez and Miguel Costa propose strategies to help you organize your time. That way you can more easily confront the threats and hostility in your life. They also discuss the different ways to respond to anxiety. They talk about breathing exercises that you can use when anxiety has physical consequences, such as shortness of breath.

Your Faulty Zones,  by Wayne Dyer

What can we say about this book? It’s a self-help classic. I first read it fifteen years ago. This is the perfect book to keep on your nightstand. You can grab it whenever you feel bad. I call this book “The SOS Book.”

Your Faulty Zones  is a book that many psychologists recommend. It outlines the main factors that determine our psychological health. In simple and understandable language, Wayne Dyer describes how we can be independent, happy and emotionally healthy. Each chapter is written as if it were a psychotherapy session.

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Workbook for Relaxation and Stress Reduction,  by Martha Davis, Matthew McKay, and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman

The title already suggests it. This book is a practical guide to reducing stress. It explains several effective ways to deal with stress. In addition, it offers techniques to control your emotions. It is a concise handbook of strategies to reduce stress. Each chapter deals with a different strategy.

You can learn to be happy, from Alexandra Dieguez Gonzalez and Carmen Serrat-Valera

In this book, psychologist Carmen Serrat-Valera and journalist Alexa Dieguez teach us to discover our personal resources, direct emotions, develop different talents and take care of ourselves. For this will make it possible to live a fulfilling life. It is an enriching book. The author has written it in a practical and confidential way and helps us to understand how we function.

It also teaches the reader to recognize and overcome all obstacles that hinder self-actualization. Because it tells you how to take the appropriate steps to build the life you want. Therefore, the authors discuss several exercises with opposite effectiveness. They use stories, metaphors, scientific research and reflection.

In conclusion, I hope you enjoy these self-help books as much as I do. If you don’t like them all, then I hope that at least one book appeals to you. But it’s important to remember that they are not a substitute for professional help. They are just another tool to help you grow and thrive.

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