Day 19: Have you ever read a self-help book or a book related to psychology? What is your opinion on them? If you have read them do you have a favorite?
My opinion on self help/psychology books be would the same as any book. There are good and bad ones, some will add to your life and others will do nothing to it. It all depends on the reader.
Probably my favourite thing about self help books is that they’re there for you when person-to-person treatment is not. You don’t have to wait 6 months to a year for a book (maybe there is a little wait if you use the library) and for the most part they are way more affordable then majority of treatments available.
I also think self help books are a great way to try out a certain type of therapy before committing to it (which could be another financial hassle). I tried a self help book based on CBT and hated it. I found one of DBT and fell in love with it. It only cost me $20 to figure that out instead of over $200 paying for sessions.
Self help books are for certain readers though. You do need to be in a fairly insightful and stable place since you are embarking on the journey alone. On the other hand, I know of many people who use self help books with their therapists and have found that to be a positive experience. Still, I think self help books are a great resource and great alternative to in person treatment.
Keep in mind that if the book is too difficult or is causing you unnecessary pain, PLEASE STOP READING!!!
Some of my favourite self help books are:
The Hurt Yourself Less Workbook (Free PDF here)
The Healing Choice (Post Abortion Self Help Book)
Pride in Madness has a Self Help Book category that shows you some of the work I have done in different self help books, including two I have mentioned above.