Guide to the best self-help books

Most high-street bookshops are heaving with self-help literature aimed at guiding you through life's challenges - but can they really make a difference? Here's our guide to some of the most popular...

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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers
Most will recognise the title of this self-help classic whether or not they have read it. Particularly helpful to the female population, it helps to show the reader how fear can hold us back. Positive thinking, building confidence and how to overcome low self-esteem are all part of the journey - an ideal starting point for self-help newcomers.

The Break-up Survival Kit - Pam Spurr
If you've suffered a break-up and are tired of hearing that there's 'plenty more fish in the sea' and other such clichés then this is the book for you. The fact is, the end of a long-term relationship can leave many with feelings of anger, frustration and desperation - and this book recognises that. It deals with the subjects nobody wants to mention (like revenge) and is full of tips to guide you through getting back in the dating game and how to handle the dreaded rebound.

Trust Your Vibes: Secrets for Intuitive Living - Sonia Choquette
Feel as though you aren't reaching your full potential? Well help is at hand via the pen of Sonia Choquette. A practicing psychic and spiritual teacher for over 32 years, Sonia insists that we all have a sixth sense. And we need that extra sensory power to feel fulfilled, peaceful and happy - this books guides you to a place of security, confidence and courage along the way.

Control Your Depression - Peter Lewinsohn
With work-related stress on the rise in the UK, it's no surprise that many of us will experience some form of depression at some point in our lives, however mild. Peter Lewinsohn's book provides a clear understanding of the nature of depression and helps you to find the triggers and causes, as well as showing the reader proven techniques to alleviate stress and conquer your feelings of helplessness.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work - John Gottmann
John Gottman, PhD, has studied hundreds of couples in his very own "love lab" and can predict within five minutes, and with 91 per cent accuracy, who will eventually divorce. This straightforward book teaches couples how to strengthen their marriage, correct the behaviour that puts so many relationships on the rocks and reveals the truth (and the myths) about the causes of divorce.

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