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This is a branch of philosophy that deals with the questions of being and identity.
Ontological psychologists and social scientists start with examining our self in social, political, economical, cultural and psychological terms, knowing the base value, before any self-help advice can be dispensed out by them.
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Many best seller self-help books like the much-celebrated How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, written way back in 1936 provide a personal view of influencing and persuading others, which has later been proved to be ineffective.
This is because many of these books...
Self-help literature, like information, exists as raw, uncurated, unexamined information, while social science is like knowledge, beginning with the aggregated data and the processes of thinking, developed and updated over time.
The packaging and tone of a self-help book help a lot towards its appeal to the general public, giving them a sense of personal control and a sense of excitement, making them take action.
The real value of the self-help book may be to energize the reader to take action, and not simply fol...
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He is one of the most influential authors in the self-improvement industry, and the creator of the book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", which deals with tactics for liberating yourself from nagging anxieties that make you less happy and less productive.
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