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Discrediting the self-help industry, 19 Jan 2013
I urge you to read this book. It gives an insightful look at the world of self-help and encourages us to look to ourselves for the answers. Written in easily digestible chunks with both wit and wisdom, Stephen Briers has produced an accomplished book about the dangers of "psychobabble" and guides us through various counter-productive notions of improving our lives. At a time when we are already under enormous pressure to work harder, to achieve more, to be the perfect parent or partner, why do we not look to ourselves to realize that many of the answers lie within us (as in the words of Voltaire: "il faut cultiver notre jardin"). The tone of the book is honest, humble and eloquent in style with references ranging from Aristotle to Bruno Mars making it an accessible read for the non-expert. Every argument is supported with thorough and comprehensive psychoanalytical research and is a "must-read" for 2013. In the words of Briers "we need to trust life and ourselves a bit more and see how things unfold rather than trying to grab the wheel the whole time. Our lives aren't just jewels to be fastidiously cut and polished through our painstaking efforts. They are not something to be made so much as something to be experienced".