Self-Help In The 1960s

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This collection of the best-selling self-help books of the 1960s demonstrates just how remarkably, er, far the self-help industry has come. We're much better off now that we know the secret.

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Both I'm OK You're OK and to a lesser extent Games People Play (it's a little less accessible) are excellent books and worth considerably more than dross like The Secret. They are both about a psychotherapeutic approach called Transactional Analysis which may not be especially fashionable any more but is actually pretty sound in my view. I really recommend reading I'm OK for a framework for analysing how you react to problematic people and situations and for ways of dealing with problems this may cause.