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Do you think self-help writers are really experts about the subject they write about or is it just a job?

Asked by mghb (110points) June 3rd, 2008

I know several writers, and they don’t seem to know their own advice, and don’t seem to apply it to their own lives. Just wondering if I am the only one how has noticed this.

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arnbev959's avatar

it’s all a scam. self-help writers don’t really say anything.

throw a few words like “success” “positivity” “empowerment” “goals” around you can get rich.

sndfreQ's avatar

Some writers “just can’t help themselves”...

PupnTaco's avatar

All a big woo-woo scam for the most part.

Babo's avatar

Eckhart Tolle is pretty right on!

cheebdragon's avatar

if they weren’t experts before writting they should be after.

marinelife's avatar

It depends on the book and the writer totally. I don’t think you can generalize. I will say there are a lot of not-so-substantive self-help books out there.

lindabrowne1's avatar

Have you heard the expression, “We teach what we need to learn?” There are some authentic writers—probably the 20–80 rule—20 percent are genuine. For me, the rest have perhaps had a successful first book and then seem to catch the wave of whatever is next in the area of self-help and are successful because they have name recognition. I agree with Babo, Tolle seems to be authentic and offers up some amazing stuff.

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Carol's avatar

#1. I hope its a job.
#2. I’m curious as to whether any self-help book ever helped anyone.

zenele's avatar

I think some are experts, some are expert writers.

I wonder whether they actually give a shit.

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