The Best You investigates, Do Self Help Books Really Help?

It’s a provocative question, but recent research shows what people in the self help world have known for some time: Making the effort to invest in yourself really can have a positive effect.

Recent research by the Scottish NHS shows that prescribing books really can make a difference.

Focussing specifically on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the study revealed that those patients given self-help books, as well as the normal standard treatment for depression had lower levels of depression a year later.
The study, performed with more than 200 people also included three sessions with a guide, who helped the patient to engage with the book, and aid them with the design of their care plan.

Although it’s not for everyone, the ramifications for the Health Service and for patients is massive. For the taxpayer it saves money, being a cheap and efficient way of helping to treat depression. But perhaps more importantly for the patient, being able to take power over your life points the way forward.

“We asked our readers what self-help books they would recommend…”

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
By Stephen R Covey
This is one of the most informative books that has made a massive change in my life. I haven’t managed to incorporate all of its wisdom into my life, but the advice “Seek first to understand then be understood” part has proved very useful!
William (Musician)

Self-esteem Affirmations: Motivational Affirmations for Building Confidence and Recognizing Self Worth
By Louise Hay
Not a book but a CD! I don’t know many proffesional therapists who at some stage over past 25 years have not been guided by Louise Hay.” You can heal your life” she has the best listings available for metaphysical affirmations….

Change Your Life In 7 Days
By Paul McKenna
This was a great book for helping me to get my life back on track. I was low in confidence, depressed and simply “bumping along the bottom” until I got hold of this book. I listened to the CD repeatedly and did the exercises over and over again. It made a huge, positive impact on my life!
Matt (Delivery Driver)

Feel The Fear & Do It Anyway
By Susan Jeffers
I was terrified of doing presentations, but this book made me enjoy the fear. It made a massive difference and now I don’t think twice about speaking in public!
Amanda (Writer)

Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Be a Happy Non- Smoker for the Rest of Your Life
By Allen Carr
I tried so many ways to give up smoking. Patches, drugs, doing cold turkey. None of it worked. Then in a desperate attempt to stop, I read Allen Carr’s book. That was it. I haven’t touched a cigarette since!
Zella (Teaching Assistant)

As A Man Thinketh
By James Allen
This was such a profound read for me. Every other sentence of this book/essay, I had to stop, re-read it a few times, and reflect on exactly what it meant.
An eye-opener!
Amy (Student)

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