Self-help for the cynic.
November 25, 2012 8:54 AM Subscribe
Please recommend some self-help books for those who hate self-help books. Humor, cynicism, and a firm basis in science/psychology is especially appreciated.
posted by timory to health & fitness (15 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
I've being going through an especially horrible time in my life, and I've begun working very hard on stopping that inner saboteur in my head. I'm in therapy and I'm trying to work on myself outside of that as well, but I'm at the point where I think it might be beneficial to read some books that might give me new perspectives on thinking about my depression and anxiety.
The problem is I absolutely loathe the whole self-help industry. It all sounds cultish and supremely condescending to me. What I'd love is some fantastical combination of self-help and psychology, delivered to me in a readable but still academic fashion. A non-book example that has given me some solace is various podcasts about how the brain works, especially on an emotional level (Radiolab, To the Best of Our Knowledge, et al have done interesting stuff in this respect).
Any thoughts on what might fit the bill?