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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Temple chapter.

I have always been enticed by the idea of self help books, so I decided to buy some and give them a try. 

About a month ago, my friends and I visited the Barnes and Noble on Walnut Street to take advantage of the large book sale. Upon walking in, I noticed the self help section and immediately started to sort through the books; I decided to pick some out and give them a try.  

 I found two self books that interested me, one of them being Own Yourself by Kelly Brogan. The book discusses how Brogan believes that you do not need medication to navigate difficult feelings and emotions. Instead, she shares her tips on how to live a healthier, better life without medication.  

I enjoyed reading self help books because they provided me with insight into how to better myself as a person and what steps I should take to do so. However, I believe that they don’t work unless you are actively performing the tips and steps provided to you in the book.  

Over the course of my journey, I’ve realized it’s important to continuously read different perspectives from different authors because not every self-help book is one size fits all. There are many different self help books that are specifically tailored to certain situations or life events, so it was important to find a book that aligns best with me.  

There are many people online who act as experts in self-help, but I avoid anything that isn’t backed up by evidence or educational background. I tend to trust the author’s opinions more if they are accredited with facts or previous experience.  

While reading self-help books, I’ve noticed that I felt more inspired to improve because I felt like these authors were encouraging me to do so.  

Are self help books worth it? I cannot say. Some ideas and methods may work for some, and not work for others.  

I believe that it solely depends on the person reading because everyone is different. However, I was looking for ways to better myself as a person, and I think these books were the perfect way to do so.  

Meghan is a sophomore psychology major at Temple University. She enjoys reading, traveling to new places, and eating mozzarella sticks.