Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone
Beth Lisick has had a lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or that remotely claims to provide self-empowerment. But on New Year's Day 2006, she wakes up finally able to admit that something has to change. Determined to confront her fears head-on, Beth sets out to fix her life by consulting the multimillion-dollar-earning experts. In Chicago, she gets proactive with...more
Lisick describes herself as someone who would sooner be found making fun of self-help than plunking down hard-earned cash for a self-help book or workshop, so her first transformati ...more
Full disclosure: I have a crush on her. She came in with her son and signed ...more
The book, though, is not that great. In fact, I'm just giving it a three because I like Beth the person so much. The book fee ...more
The premise of the book begins with Lisick’s revelation, on New Year’s Day, that she has no discernible goals in her life, because she ...more
The book itself is a fun concept -- exploring different self help books (and even guru conferences and such) during the course of a year. But the project was executed lazily and haphazardly in a way tha ...more
She's funny and personable and I totally enjoy the time I get to virtually hang out with her, reading about her life. Loved her take on Richard Simmons and the minefield that is disciplining your kid. Loved the ahead-of-the-zeitgeist observations about Suze Orman. She really nails the "How to Win Friends" cult.
But I call bullshit on the non-chapters about fas ...more
1. i like series. i appreciate the gesture towards applying the same technique or material in a multiplicity of ways. beth lisick tries on various self-help programs, each for one month, for the duration of one year.
2. this book is about setting aside irony & apathy. this is a matter of great interest to me.
3. beth lisick is actually an entertaining writer.
4. there is a real effort to not be judgmental ...more
I enjoyed reading this journey through the self-help world. Not cynical, but pleasantly skeptical, the author choses some interesting standards o f the self-help world and lets us tag along and listen to her insights.
Beth Lisick tries a new self help thing each month for a year - she thinks that it might be a better resolution then learning how to do the splits. Seriously, that is her thinking. She has never bought a self help book and she i ...more
"Helping me Help Myself" didn't deliver. It sounds like it will be a funny and informative romp through the self-help movement, made all the more hilarious because Lisick's life is so crazy and unique. ("Everybod ...more
Each month, if finances allow (I think there's a book advance somewhere in this), she studies their work, signs up for their counseling, goes to their conferences, and tries out their ideas. She produces a sort of ...more
I've never been one to like Self-help books or someone else telling me how to live my best life, but as Beth Lisick found, there are some good bits of wisdom out there for anyone willing to take a look.
She quotes Henry Miller in the chapter on "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron stating that she finally found something that resonated with her in Julia's book - only the quote is a sidebar in "The A ...more
But sadly, this was one of those books where I thought- thank god I'm good at speed reading. I did want to finish it, but I didn't want to spend too much time doing it.
I don't want to say too much bad about the book, because it looks like the author lives nearby and works with friends of friends of mine. She could be ...more
The best part of the book is something she ...more
Most of my disappointment with the book stems from my expectation that it would be a book mostly about the self-help systems she tries, and whether or not they worked. Instead, these seemed to only serve as a framework for Lisick to be sarcastic, with lit ...more