I have come across this interesting article about self improvement books and industry. Particluarly about two points in the article got me thinking:
"While there may be plenty of derision for today's self-help books," says Lamb-Shapiro, "they are part of an ever-expanding self-betterment market showing no signs of neglect." However, she adds, publishing statistics suggest that 80% of self-help book consumers are repeat buyers, "which could indicate they are not helping".
"In the 1,600 years since Augustine left behind selfhood for sainthood, we've made very little empirical progress towards understanding our own inner workings. We have, however, developed an $11bn industry dedicated to telling us how to improve our lives. Put those two facts together and you get a vexing question: can self-help work if we have no idea how a self works?"
What is your take on this, mind warriors?
Here is the link for the article:
'Shelf-help' books set to fill publishers' coffers in 2014 | Books | The Observer