The Rise of the Rude Self-Help Book

By Sheila Howlett-Soltysiak

Self-help books have been around seemingly forever. Indeed, humans have a long history in attempting to improve ourselves. Advice on bettering yourself existed in the time of scrolls (the Sebayt writings of Ancient Egypt) through the Middle Ages (Conduct books which set out ‘ethically appropriate’ ways to live) and the Victorian Era (everything from ‘How To Succeed’ to ‘Losing Weight!’ Sound familiar?) and continues to be a wildly successful genre in the present day.

cover art, What Matters MostMost recently, it has become popular to add a degree of rawness into the mix. No longer is it necessary to sound learned or come across as high-brow when looking to advise others on how to make their lives happier or more fulfilling!

This was primarily kicked off by the 2015 release of “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do” by Sarah Knight, which was quickly followed by the 2016 release of Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life”. 

cover art, Get Sh*t DoneBased in humour, “The Life-Changing Magic…” is centred around ceasing to care about what matters to other people and instead focus on what matters to you. Don’t let guilt or obligation drag you down any longer!

Meanwhile, in “The Subtle Art…” we discover the secret is not endless positive thinking, but instead is the ability to suck it up. We need to face our limitations, take a clear look at what is really important and meaningful in our lives, and find courage to accept what we can change and what we cannot.

This new approach seems to have created an avalanche of books that aren’t afraid to use profanity in the desire to help us improve ourselves!

We can eat better! “The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy” by Caroline Dooner

We can stand up for ourselves! The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt” by Robert I. Sutton

We can be healthier! Healthy As F*uck: the Habits You need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life” by Oonagh Duncan

We can deal with our finances! What Matters Most: the Get Your Sh*t Together Guide to Wills, Money and Life’s “What-If’sby Chanel Reynolds

We can have a better love life! “F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding A Lasting Relationship by Michael Bennett

We can stop procrastinating! “Get Sh*t Doneby Jeffrey Gitomer

We can become an entrepreneur! Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After by Miki Agrawal

Apparently, the possibilities are endless!

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