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The appeal of self-help

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 following the instructions of the book to the tee.

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