The Problem with the Self-Help Industry

Face it. You can never run away from your problems

The self-help industry plays horrifically manipulative tactics towards vulnerable individuals. From its unrealistic teachings and scientifically invalid claims, it is necessary to expose the folklore this industry has become. With an annual revenue of $10 billion dollars, a majority of its customer’s are repeat buyers. If these so-called self-help books are so effective, why do the same people keep purchasing them?

The problem with the self-help industry is that the culprits are getting away with it, unscathed. These self-help gurus are living off of millions of dollars in their bank accounts, thriving off of consumer’s rock bottom. They prey on the weak, offering impractical, too-good-to-be-true advice. The downside of this is that anyone who is desperate for emotional help will believe anything to pull themselves out of distress.

The success of this industry is unbelievable. Ten billion dollars. That’s with a B. You don’t need credentials on your plate in order to write these books – any book for that matter. The qualifications of publishing self-help books are slim: psychopathy and writing skills. If you are great at manipulating people and can write well, then capitalize on that skill and sell a self-help book. Don’t say I inspired you.



The self-help industry is dangerous

This industry discounts the truth that you will always have problems. Even if you resolve that problem, there will inevitably be a new problem. There is nothing we can do with that. It is life. The best thing we can do is to constructively resolve that problem. The better we are at resolving the these problems, it is called growth, otherwise known as, maturity.

These fictional books, however, are essentially running against the tangent of reality. They are telling vulnerable readers that their problems will magically disappear as long as they believe. It is like Santa Clause for adults. It prevents them from accepting reality from what it really is, and then guiding them to the delusional world of constant happiness. When real life kicks in for this individual, they wind up feeling even worse than from the start, thus buying more self-help books. It explains why there are repeat buyers. It’s like a drug.

Self-help books do not solve the problem. It merely sugarcoats it. The best way to overcome these problems is to get down to the source.

The Law of Attraction

Some of these life tips are beyond common sense and logic it is so entertainingly bittersweet to see people actually believe them. Ever heard of The Law of Attraction? Nothing screams mumbo jumbo louder than that. Focusing so hard on that law essentially reinforces the belief that you actually lack what you want in life, therefore making you even more depressed. It sounds counterintuitive, but it is the truth. For example, you probably wouldn’t have to remind yourself with mantras that you’re wealthy, if you genuinely were wealthy. Constantly telling yourself that you are is just going to make you feel even more poor. Accept the life you have and constructively develop from it.

 Suggested Reads

Not all self-help books are on the delusional side of the spectrum. In fact, I managed to extract a few from the bookshelves that are MentalSuite-approved. It’s guaranteed free of BS:

The vulgar titles are completely a coincidence. Maybe because it is comprised of “real” advice you can actually apply your life to?


The only person who can genuinely make your life better is yourself. Do not rely on money-hungry self-help gurus to make your life better. What do they know? All they want is your hard-earned money. These good-for-nothing folks just capitalized on their manipulative skills to thrive off of your misery. You know yourself better than anyone, and no book can ultimately change your life.

About Renee Lynn 8 Articles
Renee Lynn is the founder of Mental Suite. With this site, she hopes to bring about a pop psychology resource, with an inspirational twist, to appeal to the masses. She holds a B.S. double major in psychology and child development and is intrinsically motivated to learn more and share in-depth about the subject. Aside from focusing on the site, you can find her delving in her passions in writing, photography and traveling.