Self-help or self-improvement refers to self-guided improvement—economically, intellectually, or emotionally—most frequently with a substantial psychological or spiritual basis.
The basis for self-help is often self-reliance, publicly available information, or support groups where people in similar situations join together. In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial for a particular shared usually burdensome characteristic  From early exemplars in self-driven legal practice and home-spun advice, the connotations of the phrase have spread and often apply particularly to education, business, psychological or psychotherapeutic nostrums, purveyed through the popular genre of self-help books and through self-help personal-development movements. Education encompasses both the Teaching and Learning of Knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency A business (also called firm or an enterprise) is a legally recognized organizational entity designed to provide goods and/or services to Psychology (from Greek grc ψῡχή psȳkhē, "breath life soul" and grc -λογία -logia) is an Academic and Psychotherapy is an Interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to aid clients in problems of living Self-help books are books written with the stated intention to instruct any readers on a number of personal problems According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology, potential benefits of self-help groups that professionals may not be able to provide include friendship, emotional support, experiential knowledge, identity, meaningful roles, and a sense of belonging.  Any health condition can find a self-help method or group such as parents of the mentally ill. Mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological or behavioral pattern that occurs in an individual and is thought to cause distress or disability that is not expected as But there are limits and these methods do not work for everyone. As well as experienced long time members sharing experiences with a similar practical problem such as finances of a health problem, these health groups can become lobby groups and educational material clearing houses. The field of finance refers to the concepts of Time, Money and Risk and how they are interrelated An interest group (also advocacy group, lobby group, pressure group or special interest group) is an organized collection of people who seek Those who help themselves by learning about health problems are helping themselves through self-help. But self-help in this context is often really peer-to-peer support.
An expansion of the technologies that empower individuals to conduct both trivial and profound activities binds together the diverse genres which apply self-help concepts. Technology is a broad concept that deals with a Species ' usage and knowledge of Tools and Crafts and how it affects a species' ability to control and adapt Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, Social or economic strength of individuals and communities Self-help book-publishing arose from decentralization of ideology, from a growth of publishing industries using expanded printing technologies and (at the pinnacle of growth) from the spread of new psychological sciences. Likewise, self-help legal services grew around expanded access to document-production technology (viz: the printing industry in the 18th century). The Internet, with the ever-expanding selection of commercial and information services which it offers for free, exemplifies movement toward self-help on a grand scale. The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks
The authors of First Things First invoke wisdom literature dating back as far as 2500 B. First Things First (1994 is a Self-help book written by Stephen Covey and A Wisdom literature is the Genre of Literature common in the Ancient Near East. C. as a validation of their particular enumeration of fundamental human needs. Within Classical Antiquity, the advice poetry of Hesiod, particularly his Works and Days, has been seen as an early adaptation of Near Eastern wisdom literature. Hesiod ( Greek: Hesiodos) was an early Greek Poet and Rhapsode, who presumably lived around 700 BCE Works and Days (in Ancient Greek / Erga kaí Hemérai, which sometimes goes by the Latin name Opera et Dies, as in the OCT) The Stoics offered advice with a psychological flavor. Stoicism, a school of Hellenistic philosophy, was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early third century BC The genre of mirror-of-princes writings, which has a long history in Islamic and Western Renaissance literature, represents a secular cognate of Biblical wisdom literature. Mirrors for princes was a genre of political writing during the Early Middle Ages, Middle Ages and the Renaissance. For other meanings including people named 'Islam' see Islam (disambiguation. The Renaissance (from French Renaissance, meaning "rebirth" Italian: Rinascimento, from re- "again" and nascere Proverbs from many periods embody traditional moral and practical advice of diverse cultures.
"Self-help" appears to have been first used in the legal context, referring to the doctrine that a party in a dispute has the right to use lawful means on their own initiative to remedy a wrong.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) published the first self-consciously personal-development "self-help" book — entitled Self-Help — in 1859. Samuel Smiles ( 23 December, 1812 &ndash 16 April, 1904) was a Scottish author and reformer Its opening sentence: "Heaven helps those who help themselves", provides a variation of "God helps them that help themselves", the oft-quoted maxim that also appeared previously in Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac (1733 - 1758). A saying is something that is said notable in one respect or another Benjamin Franklin ( April 17 1790 was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Poor Richard's Almanack (sometimes Almanac) was a yearly Almanack published by Benjamin Franklin, who adopted the Pseudonym of "Poor Alcoholics Anonymous was started by two alcoholics, Bill Wilson and Dr. Alcoholics Anonymous ( AA) is an informal meeting society for recovering and recovered alcoholics, with the stated purpose to help its members "to stay sober and William Griffith Wilson ( 26 November 1895 – 24 January 1971) also known as Bill Wilson or Bill W Bob Smith who first met on May 12, 1935. Robert Holbrook Smith ( August 8 1879 &ndash November 16 1950) was an American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics The twelve-step program grew from this to become perhaps the world's most popular basis of self-help care. A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles for recovery from Addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) founded the self-help movement in the 20th century when he published How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936. Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (originally Carnagey until 1922 and possibly somewhat later ( November 24 1888 – November 1 1955 How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the first bestselling Self-help books ever published Having failed in several careers, Carnegie became fascinated with success and its link to self-confidence, and studied the subject for years. Carnegie's books have since sold over 50 million copies.  Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich (1937) described the use of repeated positive thoughts to attract happiness and wealth by taping into an "Infinite Intelligence". Napoleon Hill ( October 26 1883 &ndash November 8 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern Think and Grow Rich! is a motivational book written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by a suggestion by American billionaire Andrew Carnegie. 
Research firm Marketdata estimated the "self-improvement" market as worth $8. 5 billion in 2003 — including infomercials, mail-order catalogs, holistic institutes, books, audio cassettes, motivational speaker seminars, the personal coaching market, weight-loss and stress-management programs. Infomercials (or informercials are Television commercials that run for one minute or for as long as a typical Television program Mail order is a term which describes the Buying of goods or services by Mail delivery Distinguish from the suffix -holism, which describes addictions The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a Magnetic tape sound A motivational speaker is a professional speaker who makes speeches intending to lift up and motivate their audiences This article refers to the act of coaching people For other uses of the word see Coach (disambiguation Coaching -a definitionProminent Weight loss, in the context of Medicine or Health or Physical fitness, is a reduction of the total Body weight, due to a mean loss of fluid Stress management encompasses techniques intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress, with stress defined as a person's Marketdata projected that the total market size would grow to over $11 billion by 2008.
Within the context of this larger market, group and corporate attempts to aid the "seeker" have moved into the "self-help" marketplace, with LGATs and psychotherapy systems ready with more or less pre-packaged solutions to instruct people seeking their own individual betterment. The term Large Group Awareness Training ( LGAT) refers to training offered by some groups in what some call the Human potential movement. Psychotherapy is an Interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to aid clients in problems of living
There is also a market of computer self-help books such as the Dummies Guides and the The Complete Idiot's Guide to.... The Complete Idiot's Guide are Reference books that provide a very basic understanding of seemingly difficult topics
Some critics have suggested that self-help books and programs offer "easy answers" to difficult personal problems. Commentators have criticised self-help books for containing pseudo-scientific assertions that tend to mislead the consumer, and many different authors have criticized self-help authors and claims. Pseudoscience is defined as a body of knowledge methodology belief or practice that is claimed to be Scientific or made to appear scientific but does not adhere to the Christopher Buckley's book God is My Broker (1998) asserts: "The only way to get rich from a self-help book is to write one. Christopher Taylor Buckley (born 1952 is an American political satirist and the author of several Novels He is the son of William " In her 1993 book I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, Wendy Kaminer criticizes the self-help movement for encouraging people to focus on individual self-improvement (rather than joining collective social movements) to solve their problems. I'm Dysfunctional You're Dysfunctional The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions is a Non-fiction book about the Self-help industry written Wendy Kaminer (born 1950 is a Lawyer and Writer. She has written several books on contemporary social issues including A Fearful Freedom Women's Flight Social movements are a type of group action. They are large informal groupings of Individuals and/or Organizations focused on specific
The phenomenon has been the target of parodies. A parody (ˈpɛɹədiː US, [ˈpaɹədiː] UK) in contemporary usage is a work created to mock comment on or poke fun at an original work its subject Walker Percy's Lost in the Cosmos is a book-length parody. Walker Percy ( May 28, 1916 &ndash May 10, 1990) was an American Southern author whose interests included Philosophy In their 2006 book Secrets of The Superoptimist, authors W. R. Morton & Nathanel Whitten revealed the concept of "superoptimism" as a humorous antidote to the overblown self-help book category. In his comedy special Complaints and Grievances, George Carlin observes that there is "no such thing" as self-help: if one is looking for help from someone else, it is not technically "self" help; and if one accomplishes something by themselves, they didn't need help to begin with. Complaints and Grievances is an HBO Stand-up comedy special of George Carlin that was originally titled I Kinda Like It When a Lot of People Die George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12 1937 – June 22 2008 was an American stand-up comedian, often considered one of the best of all time 
Scholars also have targeted self-help claims as misleading and incorrect. In 2005 Steve Salerno portrays the self-help movement (he uses the acronym SHAM: the Self-Help and Actualization Movement) not only as ineffective in achieving its goals, but also as socially harmful.  Sociologist Micki McGee argues in her 2005 book Self-Help, Inc. that the burgeoning self-improvement industry masks Americans' economic anxieties during a period of economic decline. She sees Americans as "belabored" — at work on themselves, inventing and re-inventing themselves so as to remain employed and employable.
There are, however, a number of self-help groups and programs offered by commercial and non-profit organizations based on sound and validated psychological principles overseen by mental health professionals. Group psychotherapy has shown for certain situations to be as effective as individual psychotherapy.  Psychologists generally recommend empirically validated therapies, for example, cognitive behavioural therapy which has strong clinical evidence for treatment of various mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and stress-related symptoms. See also Cognitive Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT) is an umbrella-term for psychotherapeutic systems that deal with cognitions interpretations
For articles on individual: