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    Self-Help Books

    What are peoples' opinions of self-help books?

    Do they help, or do they present logical information that is not useful to us because we are inherently lazy?

    Is it the same as weight-loss plans? As in, "Sure, all I need to do is eat only vegetables and drink water and exercise a lot, but it's more fun to sit and watch cartoons and eat Ho-Hos."

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    Re: Self-Help Books

    Quote Originally Posted by zirchowvii
    What are peoples' opinions of self-help books?

    Do they help, or do they present logical information that is not useful to us because we are inherently lazy?

    Is it the same as weight-loss plans? As in, "Sure, all I need to do is eat only vegetables and drink water and exercise a lot, but it's more fun to sit and watch cartoons and eat Ho-Hos."
    Self Help Books: I've always seen them as a tool of inspiration, if one that
    is seeking the solution to a particular life problem "plugs" theirself into
    the role of the self help story. Then, using rigid personal discipline,
    manages theirself in regard to achieving the desired life changing
    circumstance.
    There is a idea that is labled: Self Fufilling Prophecy; it goes like this -

    think a thing, say this thing, picture yourself doing this thing. If one is
    mindful, every day, of the "thing" in their life that they desire to manifest,
    a bad habit to cease, to find a "right" job and so on. Then, put a
    written note of this "thing" on your mirror where you wash up, on the
    'fridge where you get your food, on the dash of your car, where you
    see it when you drive. When you see this written item, say the written
    material to yourself, see yourself doing this thing. It will come true.
    Be patient, perservere, Believe it will happen!
    This can be used in a positive or negative manner. Hopefully people will
    use it in a positive way to assure a better, quality life experience.

    Another idea: have a bulletin board near your kitchen, because this is
    the real "family room" of a home. Construct "your world" on this board.
    It consist of poems you like, pictures of family, friends, cut-outs of
    small drawings, symbols and so on from the paper and magazines that
    attract you and appeal to the "something special" feeligng in yourself.
    If you have an idea that you like, just a particular thought that
    seems activating, "feel-good", write it down and put it on the board.
    Just a random collection of this sort of thing.
    If you have family, invite them, of course, to contribute. Leave this
    "your world" area, enlarge it, let it evolve, grow. Let as much of it as
    is practical remain up. If it gets unmanagable, start a scrap book
    to store some of the material in it so that you can have it through the
    years to look back on. Allow what you consider THE MOST IMPORTANT
    and key items to remain displayed.
    Manifesting: if you want a new car, more money, a certain dress, a
    particular T.V., take a vacation trip on a plane or boat, and so on.
    look in magazines, catalogs, whatever source, find a specific picture
    of the item/s. Cut it out and display it on your world board. Money:
    find pictures of Cash Money in a magazine, in color. Large denominations.
    Cut these out, display them prominently. Look at these as often as
    you can. You will be suprised at what happens.
    Your Dreams: have a book and paper by you bed. If you dream, wake
    up as soon as possible and write down EVERY DETAIL. Then, later,
    get off to yourself where you are alone and it is absolutely quiet.
    Read your dream and you will find that you will find that it applies to
    something IN THE PRESENT that is going on in your life. Dreams are
    symbolic messages. Look at the symbolism with an open mind, understand
    that it is not LITERAL in regard to the dream story, but literal in regard
    to your life's circumstances. Usually, an issue or problem that has been
    on your mind and you canot stop thinking about it. If you pay attention,
    your dream will tell you the solution. Will also warn you of impending
    harm, danger, by or from something or someone.
    There are reliable books on dream symbolism that you can buy to help
    you to interpret your dreams.
    Example: the "out of control dream", where you find yourself driving
    a car, it will not stop as you want it to, or will not steer correctly
    on the road you're traveling: the CAR is YOU. There is something,
    some issue presently in your life that is causing you to feel frustrated,
    at a loss to manage a certain issue.
    If you're in a car and someone else is driving and you are experiencing the
    same "out of control" situation, this person in your life is presenting
    the problem.
    Self improvement: read a lot of Biographies of famous people. They are
    inspiring. Will help one see that everyone has problems in every day life
    but thaere are answers and solutions to these problems.
    Read as much other non-fiction material tht interest you as possible.
    Finally, avoiding vanity and egotism, ALWAYS be your best friend.
    Forgive yourself what you see as your weaknesses, failures, ineptness.
    Make yourself your DEAR FRIEND as you would others, in extending
    understanding, strength and support.
    Look in the mirror, smile at yourself and say I love you, often.
    A good nonfiction book: "How to Think Like Einstein." Barnes and Nobles
    Bookstore.
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    Re: Self-Help Books

    Quote Originally Posted by zirchowvii
    What are peoples' opinions of self-help books?

    Do they help, or do they present logical information that is not useful to us because we are inherently lazy?

    Is it the same as weight-loss plans? As in, "Sure, all I need to do is eat only vegetables and drink water and exercise a lot, but it's more fun to sit and watch cartoons and eat Ho-Hos."
    p.s. change your Avatar to a more positive image!

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    Re: Self-Help Books

    Edna Krabappel is funny and I'm going to keep her. She gives me fever!

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    Re: Self-Help Books

    Quote Originally Posted by zirchowvii
    Edna Krabappel is funny and I'm going to keep her. She gives me fever!

    :) :cool: :)

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