Self help vs self improvement

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self help vs self improvement

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8 Simple Self Improvement Principles

4 reasons why “self-improvement” is a completely bogus idea

Jari Roomer Mindset , Reading 0. Five years ago, right after picking up my first self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , I got hooked on self-improvement. You see, in the months prior to picking up The 7 Habits, I completely self-destructed. I was stuck in a 9—5 job that I absolutely hated and I was struggling with a serious gambling addiction that no one knew about. After having gone through enough pain, I decided one day that I had enough. I had enough of being broke.

A week or so ago, Fey turned to me and asked what I considered a strange question. The difference is between self-help and personal development is subtle but important. Self-help books, as a rule, tend to offer a step-by-step plans for improving a specific area of your life. Personal development books, from what I can tell, are a little more indepth. These books, which can range from philosophy to psychology to spirituality to social networking, nudge the reader out of the cookie-cutter solution mentality towards a more self-directed path.

The self-improvement culture isn’t necessarily bad, it just has one major flaw.

Most self-help books do mean well. On the contrary, they help people grow, learn, heal, and even motivate. The self-improvement culture has unwittingly created an ideal that, in reality, most people will never achieve. Ideals are great. They give us something worthwhile to aim at.

Personal development is essentially developing or enhancing pre-existing personality traits connected with advancing professionally and socially. Personal development requires the willingness, the urge to learn, to change. For example, if you have difficulty getting along with colleagues at your office and realise the need to improve or see your career parish or at best stunted in growth, you realise that you absolutely must change. Your very survival probably depends on it. Enhancing your personality traits or developing new ones is neither easy nor risk-free because you could end up learning something that does little to enhance your personality or may even worsen the situation. Personality development always takes you through new and uncharted territory but the rewards if done correctly, are worth the effort. The risk of learning something new can be mitigated by spending more time learning it, essentially becoming familiar and comfortable with the subject.

Self-help or self-improvement is a self-guided improvement [1] —economically, intellectually, or emotionally—often with a substantial psychological basis. Many different self-help group programs exist, each with its own focus, techniques, associated beliefs, proponents and in some cases, leaders. Concepts and terms originating in self-help culture and Twelve-Step culture, such as recovery , dysfunctional families , and codependency have become firmly integrated in mainstream language. Self-help often utilizes publicly available information or support groups , on the Internet as well as in person, where people in similar situations join together. According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology , potential benefits of self-help groups that professionals may not be able to provide include friendship, emotional support, experiential knowledge, identity , meaningful roles, and a sense of belonging. Groups associated with health conditions may consist of patients and caregivers. As well as featuring long-time members sharing experiences , these health groups can become support groups and clearing-houses for educational material.


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