Best Self Help Books

The following list of books, are considered the best self help books of all time. Click on the image and head over to Amazon to look inside each book. Sometimes the publishers list these titles for discount so try and catch the deal when you can!


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl’s imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called ‘Logotherapy in a Nutshell,’ describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the driving force of humanity’s life; Frankl, by contrast, believes that man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. Frankl’s logotherapy, therefore, is much more compatible with Western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book. At times, Frankl’s personal and professional discourses merge into a style of tremendous power. ‘Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is,’ Frankl writes. ‘After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.'” – Review

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a ‘paradigm shift’–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your ‘proactive muscles’ (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more. This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a powerful seminar by Covey.” —Joan Price

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“This book turned my life around.” – Martine McCutcheon

After I read You Can Heal Your Life I realised that salvation lay in myself. – She Magazine

“Louise L Hay – the patron saint of affirmations.” –Woman & Home Magazine

“Loving yourself is the basis for all self-healing.” –The Times

“Hay has been responsible for helping countless people get their lives back on track … A lovely inspiring book” –The Sun

“Responsible for helping countless people get their lives back on track…a lovely, inspiring book.” — Natasha Harding The Sun

“A guide to how negative mental processes can cause physical illness.” —The Times

“Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life is without a doubt one of the best-known spiritual books ever released, and continues to inspire men and women all over the world to better their lives. An absolute favourite in the S&S office, it’s something everyone should read at least once in their lives.” –Soul & Spirit magazine

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“Yet another profound and powerful tool in the Robbins arsenal of self-awareness. It has been an enormous source of strength and insight for me both personally and professionally. ” (Peter Guber Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment)

“Anthony Robbins is the ‘ultimate coach’ for that special breed of men and women who will never settle for less than they can be.” –Pat Riley NBA “Coach of the Decade”

“Required reading for anyone committed to increasing the quality of their life.” –Dr. Barbara De Angelis author of #1 bestseller

“Tony Robbins is one of the great influencers of this generation.” -Stephen R. Covey author The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Astonishing credibility. . . . every page bursts with well-researched and immediately practical guidelines for concentrating your thoughts and emotions on the attainment of your goals.” –Scott DeGarmo

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“You have heard about how a musician loses herself in her music, how a painter becomes one with the process of painting. In work, sport, conversation or hobby, you have experienced, yourself, the suspension of time, the freedom of complete absorption in activity. This is ‘flow’, an experience that is at once demanding and rewarding–an experience that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates is one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences a person can have. The exhaustive case studies, controlled experiments and innumerable references to historical figures, philosophers and scientists through the ages prove Csikszentmihalyi’s point that flow is a singularly productive and desirable state. But the implications for its application to society are what make the book revolutionary.” – review

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“This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to ‘the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.’ He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and ‘arousing in the other person an eager want.’ You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment. For instance, ‘let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers,’ and ‘talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.’ Carnegie illustrates his points with anecdotes of historical figures, leaders of the business world, and everyday folks.” –Joan Price

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Alright, and while we are on the topic of influence, I had to add one of the best books about persuasion and social influence ever written. This is a book commonly known among Social Psychology majors such as myself and I decided to share it with you. It might not be a best selling self-help book, but it is recommended for anyone who desires to understand the psychology of having influence.


“Arguably the best book ever on what is increasingly becoming the science of persuasion. Whether you’re a mere consumer or someone weaving the web of persuasion to urge others to buy or vote for your product, this is an essential book for understanding the psychological foundations of marketing. Recommended.” – review.

“For marketers, this book is among the most important books written in the last ten years.” –Journal of Mariketing Research

“Influence should be required reading for all business majors.” -Journal of Retailing

“This book will strike chords deep in the hearts and psyches of all of us.” -Best Sellers Magazine

“The material in Cialdini’s Influence is a proverbial gold mine.” -Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

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