I love to read and have books that span the literary landscape, and it comes as no surprise that given my career as a social worker and my personal experiences with depression and anxiety that self-help books have a prominent place in my personal library. After being out of sorts lately, I found myself seeking solace and advice from some suggested self-help books. While I appreciated the wisdom and suggestions contained in some of these books, I was given pause about what happened next.
Irregardless of the fact that knowledge is power, as I perused the self-help topics, I found myself in the midst of a full-blown anxiety attack and left feeling powerless, as I was faced with the knowledge that apparently I am inadequate physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and financially, based on the titles of these books. I was utterly overwhelmed by all the changes proposed in the myriad of books before me, and the issue that sent me seeking knowledge had now morphed into a multitude of issues that needed to be addressed and resolved. So, in addition to my first never-to-be-written self-help book, “Hunt Like a Tiger, Be Strong Like an Elephant”, I am going to follow-up with the sequel, “Help Yourself: Recovering from Self-Help Book Induced Inadequacy and Anxiety”. Perhaps, reading is overrated after all.
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