Podcast Season 3 Episode 5: Self-help Books that Aren’t Self-help Books with Dr. Christine Whelan

Our resident self-help geeks, Dr. Doyle and Dr. Christine Whelan, talk about self-help books that aren’t self-help books—that is, books that were not written to be self-help books but have been adopted into self-help culture, or society at large, as self-helpy how-to-life manuals. Some are about other aspects of mental health and wellness, some are memoir or autobiography, some are straight-up fiction, but somehow they either took on a self-help life of their own, or have been readily adopted by the self-help industry, or launched the author into the self-helpisphere. 

The rest of the notes are just links. 

So. Many. Links. 

To Read: 

The Bible by God(?)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Purpose by Richard J. Leider

Self-esteem by Nathaniel Branden

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Brandino

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Art of the Deal by Tony Schwartz and Donald Trump

I’m Ok; You’re Ok by Thomas Harris

The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The Ultimate Weight Solution by Phil McGraw

Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork by Mike Huckabee

Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden Two by BF Skinner

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke 

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