Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze

May 8, 2017

If you’re looking to improve your life, there’s no shortage of self-help books that you can turn to. Svend Brinkman thinks we’d all be a lot happier if we didn’t constantly feel pressured toward perfection. Brinkmann is the author of an anti-self-help book called “Stand Firm,” which became an overnight sensation in his homeland of Denmark.



I'm questioning the privilege of these authors, reminding them that their middle-class white male upbringing has already been self-helpful. Perhaps they should consider those who aren't born into the same advantages, who need to learn how to advance out of circumstances closer to survival level, needing to find tools and self-help to grow out of cycles, to more successful ways of thinking of themselves.

Who raises an insightful point about the perspective of TTBOOK's recent guest Svend Brinkmann. Visitors to TTBOOK's website cannot help but notice that 6/7 of its staff are male. So: time to broaden TTBOOK's outlook by bring another woman on board?

I don't prefer the run of the mill self improvement books. I like ones that actually better you and your life! Right now I am reading The 3T Path by Giridhari Das, it's a yoga book but one that teaches how to get to the center of yourself, if you know yourself well then you can improve on it from the source.