**The following post, will eventually feature in the we.ar choice performance, it’s a first draft and pretty vague, work in progress.
The concern with a large amount of self-help is the message that if you wish for something hard enough “the universe will provide.” Self-help that suggests you can control every aspect of your life can actively make us unhappier. It puts the burden of worry on the reader. The reader puts trust in the hands of the self –help book and during their read they are told to go away, apply the advice and have complete faith that it will be a success. And if it doesn’t work out it’s because the reader lost faith, or they didn’t do it right. It’s a safety net for the self help-authors, but it’s a trap for the reader seeking help.
When a self-help book is rational, informative and realistic it can be a well functioning tool to those who seek it. However, the book can’t be tailored towards the individuals needs. Even when written by an experienced professional, a book generalising people’s lifestyle, anxieties or depression can’t reach every individual reader. They exist in a vacuum.
AND WHICH ONE DO YOU CHOOSE? There are thousands of options to choose from within the self-help industry. All with variable price tags. This amount of choice is worrisome; you need a self-help guide for buying a self-help product. The abundance of self-help choices and the amount of time choice is mentioned within self-help materials has directed my interests towards Western societies coping mechanisms of choice. Studies have suggested we don’t cope well with choice. Over ten options and our brains start to panic, deliberations take far longer and most of the time we end up choosing NOTHING! Is there a way for self- help to be simple and affective? It’s a question I continue to investigate in my practice