Self-help books that really help

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Most self-help tell you what to do, without telling you how to do it. These books give detailed, practical instructions, so you can really get the results.


The Open Mind by Dawna Markova

The Open Mind: Exploring the 6 Patterns of Intelligence by Dawna Markova. Find out how to accommodate your own natural intelligence, and improve communication and rapport with others. Highly recommended. Out of print; buy used at Amazon.

The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life by Robert Fritz explains in detail proven processes for successfully creating what you want. Buy on Amazon.


NLP is most powerful personal improvement method I know of. Get rid of problems quickly and permanently, improve your mood and self-esteem, achieve your performance goals. Here’s how to do it.

NLP: The New Technology of Achievement is packed with exercises you can do to swiftly and easily improve yourself and your life. One of my research colleagues got rid of a lifetime phobia in under half an hour using this book. A great introduction to NLP. Buy on Amazon.

Using Your Brain—For a Change by NLP co-founder Richard Bandler is a favorite NLP beginner’s book because it’s funny, irreverent, and easy to read. Includes powerful exercises and techniques. Best if you visualize easily. Buy on Amazon.

Transforming Your Self by Steve Andreas

Transforming Your Self: Becoming Who You Want to Be. Steve Andreas’s new book results from ten years of research into how people with effective self-concepts create them, and how you can do the same. Best done with 2 or 3 friends. Intermediate to advanced. Buy on Amazon.

Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within by Connirae and Tamara Andreas. Guide yourself through a simple but profound process for self-healing and achieving inner harmony. Beginner to advanced. Buy on Amazon.

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Beyond books

Often people want to make the sorts of changes recommended in the books above, but something stops them. If that “something” is unconscious and outside your awareness, it can be very difficult to change from within. Find an NLP practitioner to help you.