Self help books. They've become a genre in their own right. I think sometimes people have a tendency to poke fun at those attempting to improve themselves by reading certain titles such as "How Not to Stab Stupid People" and "I Hate You, But I Don't Know How to Tell You That". Okay, so those are not real books or titles... not that I know of. The point is I feel society pressures us frail beings to better ourselves, then scoffs at us one way or the other when we attempt to do so. One perfect example of this was Al Franken's Saturday Night Live skit of "I like myself...and everybody likes me"...etc, etc, mocking us poor shmucks that happen to have a vast collection of self help material in book form, audiotape, videotape and CD. Albeit it was freakin' funny I have to admit it, however, what I'm trying to say is that maybe there is a misconception among some that doing all of the above would make us seem a little "weak". When, in actuality, I believe it's the opposite. I think it makes us "self-helpers" stronger. The following is definitely one of those books.
"JOURNAL TO THE SELF"
by Kathleen Adams
This book launches a writing journey within that lasts the rest of your life. It teaches you how to become your own therapist. It's "D.I.Y" therapy that has nothing to do with any type of chemical substances. Probably the cheapest therapy you'll ever have. I read this book in my early twenties when I was going through my "self-help" book phase. I borrowed this book from a relative who highly recommended it to me. It's definitely one of those "it changed my life" books, if you let it. If you pay attention. It completely redefines the whole notion of the "Diary" that we grow up with. The little, cutesy, hard covered notebook with a cheap, little lock and key on it, where you keep the mundane, "..today I went to the mall...". It shows you the true art of JOURNALING. How to dive deep into your psyche and dig out the real stuff. And teaches creative ways on how to do it, with writing techniques such as "clustering", "dialogues", "letter writing", and one of my personal favorites, "stream of consciousness" writing, actually a style I believe Kerouac was famous for. Since I've experienced this book, over the years, I've personally "graduated" in my own writing, going from personal, spiral notebooks, to online diaries, to having some of my writing published, to creating my own paper publication and becoming a blogging "expert" with my own subscribers to both. I learned when you can write about yourself raw and honest, you can write about anything.
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