Authors of Self-help Books, are they perfect?

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Sushan wrote: September 8th, 2021, 5:09 am
Sculptor1 wrote: September 2nd, 2021, 4:01 am As an outsider, you cannot know everyone.
There can be no advice from an atuhor that could perfectly help any other self, since they author is not that self but another.
You have a point. Advice should be tailor-made, and that requirement is hardly fulfilled by self-help books for all their intended audience. It is better for anyone to have a human mentor if possible, rather than reading hundreds of self-help books. So it is hard to recommend these books to anyone as all humans are different from each other, and though the problem is similar the acceptable solution can be different from person to person.
The other bit of advice I would like to offer is that you should never trust a book title with an inappropriate APOSTROPHE. This indecates a failure of basic knowledge and a lack of adequate editorial control.
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Sculptor1 wrote: September 8th, 2021, 6:40 am
Sushan wrote: September 8th, 2021, 5:09 am
Sculptor1 wrote: September 2nd, 2021, 4:01 am As an outsider, you cannot know everyone.
There can be no advice from an atuhor that could perfectly help any other self, since they author is not that self but another.
You have a point. Advice should be tailor-made, and that requirement is hardly fulfilled by self-help books for all their intended audience. It is better for anyone to have a human mentor if possible, rather than reading hundreds of self-help books. So it is hard to recommend these books to anyone as all humans are different from each other, and though the problem is similar the acceptable solution can be different from person to person.
The other bit of advice I would like to offer is that you should never trust a book title with an inappropriate APOSTROPHE. This indecates a failure of basic knowledge and a lack of adequate editorial control.
Undergoing editorial work is mandatory and important for a book. I agree. And I agree that the use of apostrophe in the topic (But's) is wrong as well. But I honestly believe that the author wanted the reader to get the word as 'but', but not as 'butt', by simply thinking that the author has done a mistake by missing a 't'. This is a reasonable thought since the common slang which rhymes with this title uses 'butt', not 'but'. So I do not think we have to be rude to judge the book because of an apostrophe.
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Sushan wrote: September 1st, 2021, 12:22 am This topic is about the September 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But's by Mark L. Wdowiak


I think that people who write these self-help books have had experiences which have made them wiser or maybe they have put in a great deal of study into human behavior and they think that their experiences can actually help guide a few people in similar dilemmas.

What makes someone think that their life is so perfect that they can tell others how to live theirs? And how is it that they are so confident about what they need to do in a given situation when most of us are assailed by doubts and uncertainties? These authors of self-help books, are they perfect?
If an author doesn't have the professional qualification to write such a book but does it nevertheless, how might one call this? Stubbornness? Sophomoric? Business acumen?
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stevie wrote: September 15th, 2021, 9:28 am
Sushan wrote: September 1st, 2021, 12:22 am This topic is about the September 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But's by Mark L. Wdowiak


I think that people who write these self-help books have had experiences which have made them wiser or maybe they have put in a great deal of study into human behavior and they think that their experiences can actually help guide a few people in similar dilemmas.

What makes someone think that their life is so perfect that they can tell others how to live theirs? And how is it that they are so confident about what they need to do in a given situation when most of us are assailed by doubts and uncertainties? These authors of self-help books, are they perfect?
If an author doesn't have the professional qualification to write such a book but does it nevertheless, how might one call this? Stubbornness? Sophomoric? Business acumen?
Unlike the educational books which are related to a specific profession, this type of self-help books cannot be judged by the author having specific qualifications. So the judging can be subjective but never objective. Mostly it can be taken as business acumen since we see many want to be successful, but are in loss of plans. So this sort of books can be sold easily. And the ego of the author must be playing a big role, because becoming successful is one thing. But to advice others depending on one's achievements a special level of courage as well as ego is necessary, as per my opinion.
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Sushan wrote: September 20th, 2021, 1:50 am
stevie wrote: September 15th, 2021, 9:28 am
Sushan wrote: September 1st, 2021, 12:22 am This topic is about the September 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But's by Mark L. Wdowiak


I think that people who write these self-help books have had experiences which have made them wiser or maybe they have put in a great deal of study into human behavior and they think that their experiences can actually help guide a few people in similar dilemmas.

What makes someone think that their life is so perfect that they can tell others how to live theirs? And how is it that they are so confident about what they need to do in a given situation when most of us are assailed by doubts and uncertainties? These authors of self-help books, are they perfect?
If an author doesn't have the professional qualification to write such a book but does it nevertheless, how might one call this? Stubbornness? Sophomoric? Business acumen?
Unlike the educational books which are related to a specific profession, this type of self-help books cannot be judged by the author having specific qualifications. So the judging can be subjective but never objective. ...
Of course objectively and legally everbody may write books about things they have no clue about. Nevertheless giving psychological or medical advice with books should be based on corresponding professional qualification because of the high risk of causing harm through unprofessional advice in these areas.
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