I absolutely love what I suppose would be categorized as "Self Help books". But I didn't always feel that way. I used to be really skeptical of them, and thought that they were pretty much a scam. And I would say that still, some probably are kind of a scam. Basically the quintessential type of self-help books that speak in a lot of generalities and vague statements that are almost like zodiac fortunes, in that people just take whatever isn't there and fill in the blanks until it is something that they feel is directed at them. Those are pretty much the core of what self help books have always been, and stand to be what gives the genre a bad name. But there are so many books that could fall under this label, it would be so wrong to disregard them all. I have read books on so many different types of self improvement, and they have really changed my life. I'm Okay, You're Okay and Staying Okay, which are both books about a technique called transactional analysis therapy, were the first self help books that I read and really opened my mind. Those books helped me so much, and I still use the techniques that I learned from them. I had them recommended to me from someone who told me that they really worked for her. She also gave me a book called Creative Visualization. The combination of those three books really opened up a whole new world to me. I picked up Chicken Soup for the Soul, and a book by Joel Osteen soon after. And I can honestly say that my life has improved vastly because of them. Any book that contains wisdom is a book that I would say fits into this category. The Tao Te Ching, my favorite book of all time, says that intelligence is knowing others, while true wisdom is knowing yourself. Really understanding our true nature, a subject which is covered beautifully in The Tao of Pooh, is one of the simplest yet difficult things that there is to do in life. But it is a very worth while venture. And there are plenty of books which can help to set you on a path to self discovery and ultimately self improvement. In the end, it is all about what you put into practice. But there are plenty of books which can help you get there.