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Discussion Post: Why I Don’t Read Self-Help Books

Hey pals!! Today I am bringing you a post about why I don’t find myself reading self-help books and why I think my reason, if not right or popular, at least makes some sense.

Not me realizing it is high time I post something meaningful instead of full stops for blog names and commas for comments 🙂

Note: I don’t mean to insult anyone’s opinions. I am just sharing my own opinions. Also, this is a discussion post so feel free to share your views in the comments.


Firstly, they sound hella boring. They feel like a long, tiring lecture that hardly helps. Everything just crowds inside of my brain and nothing makes much sense at all. It’s like getting a thousand pieces of advice all at once. I know there are some wonderful books out there, I might even read them someday. And though I know a few of these books can even make an impact on me, I just don’t find myself interested.

I avoid non fiction. It sounds too real and I read to escape this world, to escape the cruelty of humanity for at least that small period of time. To some point, even autobiographies are interesting because they at least have a plot, a story. Self-help books are completely different. They stretch on and on, with no meaningful story at all. Just hey-this-is-how-to-become-a better-individual stuff.

Mainly, I find the concept kind of weary. All the this-book-will-change-your-life thingy doesn’t interest me and I find it hard to believe. Also, they act as if they are great books when in reality, most of the advice is not even required. They give us advice on things we don’t even think about and that makes me feel useless.

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What is believable is instead of giving tips about what to improve and how to be better, I would like to read about it in the form of a story. It’s like in a story or tale I witness those lessons instead of reading about them. And the concept of reading this thing seems boring while if I am going through an incident that will make me learn, that is something that leaves an impact. And storybooks are the best way to do it.

Another major reason is that the main focus of a self-help book is to help us become better people, so these books are filled with tips and tips and tips on self-improvement. And instead of feeling like a book, they feel like my school’s morning assembly which tries to give so much information that most of it just goes out of the head 😪.

To summarize, I feel that self-help books give one so much information that hardly any of it sticks with them. On the other hand, if one is reading a random fantasy novel that they are loving and it has some random quotes thrown here and there, I feel like that’s what has a profound impact.

Now, I am not saying that these books are bad or that they do not help you at all. What I mean is that they teach us 100 things and only 10 of those things can fit into our little minds.


Now, I want to hear all of your thoughts on self-help books. Do you agree with me? Why? Do you disagree with me? Why? Let me know in the comments so we can all chat.

So, that was it! The basic reasons why I don’t read self-help books. Don’t forget to share all of your thoughts on this too.


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