You’re probably bemused by the number of self-help books in the bookstores, and in fact the personal involvement in choosing and reading self-help books can be a therapeutic exercise in itself, but there are so many authors each with their own approach to the subject and a variety of self-improvement methods which can make self-help subject matter confusing for anyone with limited knowledge of the self-help genre.
It depends on the style of the author as to whether they will have a beneficial effect on the reader. The Positive-thinking books by Norman Vincent Peal were the first of the self-help titles, and since ‘The Power Of Positive Thinking’ (1952) and since then there have been many derivations which have certainly helped a lot of people to direct their lives positively.
Self-help books cover a variety of areas including:
* Low self esteem
* Self confidence
* Raising Spiritual awareness
Stress and depression can be caused by anxiety over mundane things and self-help books can be useful for putting things in perspective. By reading a self-help book, your attention will be directed towards the solution to your problem which in itself can help you to rationalize a solution for yourself. The key is to find an author with whom you empathize and although this is a very personal choice it will also be the most rewarding.
Solution may be generic, each has their way of putting over the best way of approaching the problem and this means there are considered experts in the different sectors of self-help and readers find the ones they empathize with as being most helpful. The most certain way to find useful self-help books is to research the various authors and maybe sample some of their writings to see if you empathize with their style.
Psychological techniques used to help achieve improvement in performance, both physical and mental include NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming), EFT(Emotional Freedom Technique, or ‘tapping’) and Energy Psychology and there are many self-help books with information on how these can be learned and applied at home,
Other examples of freely available psychological tools that can be learned on your own with self-help books include
* learning to develop intuition and psychic senses
* learning to dowse with a pendulum,
* learning muscle testing,
* learning different methods of chakra clearing,
* learning to use crystals to cure ailments
A common practice related to most of these techniques is visualization, which in conjunction with deep relaxation can be extremely powerful. This is the basis of the Law of Attraction which defines that what you consistently think about is what you attract in life. If you do visualizations about what you really want in your life and reproduce the emotions related to the experience, your vibration will be raised to the level required to attract the circumstances.
To enable you to do this you have to be in the mood to produce these feelings and this is where you have to work on your emotional state. To help to get to a relaxed and receptive Alpha state, there are various frequency recordings and hypnotic therapies on the market such as the range provided by the Unexplainable Store which can help you to find the correct frequency to attune your brain enabling you to achieve success in many areas thought to be unattainable.
The following are all excellent authors in their field but as they vary in style quite considerably you may well find that you prefer the approach of one of them more than others
- Deepak Chopra – Spirituality and Synchronicity and applied universal laws.
- Wayne Dyer – Practical approach to manifesting and raising self-awareness.
- Anthony Robbins – Direct approach to self-empowerment.
- Tolle Eckhart – Spiritual approach to the self-awareness and living in the now.
- Barefoot Doctor – Tao approach using meditation, raising natural energy and manifesting through visualization.