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Benefits of Self-help

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. Updated: Apr 22nd 2016

There are many good reasons for taking a self-help approach towards addressing your problems and issues.

  • Self-help is empowering. Developing a self-help plan keeps you in control of your own destiny. The skills and methods you learn while engaging in the self-help process are likely to be generally helpful to you across many different aspects of your life. It is also emotionally satisfying to address issues on your own; doing so helps you to feel like a responsible and capable adult

  • Self-help means a customized plan. Designing your own self-help plan means that you can customize your efforts so that they fit your particular strengths and weaknesses, and reflect your personal choices about how to best address your specific issues.

  • Self-help makes other people feel good about you. Your decision to engage in self-help provides some assurance to other people who may be upset with you because of your issues that you are working on your issues and taking steps to overcome them. In many cases, your self-help efforts will be noticed and appreciated by those people around you who care about you or count on you.

  • You become a role model. If you have children, your pursuit of self-help is an excellent way to teach your children to be self-sufficient and capable when they grow up.

  • Self-help makes you a better, wiser person. By increasing your self-awareness capabilities, self-help efforts can help you learn to recognize potential problems before they occur (or at least early on in their progression) so that you can head them off before they become substantial. As your objectivity (your ability to see things as they are, rather than how you would like them to be) increases, you’ll find yourself increasingly able to be your own best adviser, steering yourself away from bad decisions and towards good ones with a minimum of fuss.

  • Self-help can be a time saver. Pursuing self-help efforts saves you the time you might otherwise need to spend with a therapist or counselor who could help you with your problems.

  • Self-help is private. If you are a private person who gets uncomfortable with the thought of sharing secrets with others, self-help can save you the embarrassment of sharing your issues and problems with another person.

  • Self-help is available and inexpensive. Self-help is generally free of cost and free or inexpensive to learn about. If you live in a rural area or small town, self-help may be one of the only good options available to you for receiving help.


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