The New Year’s offerings begin with guidance on making life more enjoyable and even exciting through embracing surprise, rediscovering one’s creative self, and clearing out the impediments of resentments and fear.
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Elliott on Healthy Relationships, Smallin Tackles Clutter, Wehrenberg on Anxiety | Self-Help Reviews, December 2014
Guidance on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Creating a Positive Life, Overcoming Hypervigilance | Self-Help Reviews
Guides to Public Speaking, the Upside of Low Self-Esteem, Recovering Intimacy, & More | Self-Help Reviews
Sound Advice on Life (Pauley, Huffington), Shapiro & White’s Mindful Discipline, & More | Self-Help Reviews
Reviews of Modern Dating: A Field Guide, Happily Ever After: A Light-Hearted Guide to Wedded Bliss, and Happy This Year! The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All and How To Do Everything and Be Happy: A Straight-Talking Guide to Creating Happiness in Your Life, plus a full list of Self-Help titles from the June 1 issue.
Self-help: the term evokes the busier aisles of the bookstore and some of the most popular ranges in any local public library. It is also, as we know, a category of writing, publishing, and reading subjected to a great deal of mockery and satire in the public sphere and, perhaps, deservedly so: there is a kind of rapid reach for easy conclusions and at times a haste in writing and structure that leaves self-help writers and readers vulnerable to the most contemptuous sort of criticism.