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The first section defines the genre more precisely.
For that purpose we will explore what kind of psychology books are sold most often in bookshops and will distinguish the self-help books from other genres.
Advice for a happier life is found in so-called ‘self-help books’, which are widely sold in modern countries these days.
These books popularize insights from psychological science and draw in particular on the newly developing ‘positive psychology’.
This focus on psychology books implies that other kinds of advisory books are left out, in particular the variety of spiritual books and the volumes about physical health, diets and appearance.
The list of best-selling psychology books was made with the help of a Dutch publisher.
The best-selling psychology books are sorted on the basis of the first impression the books make on buyers in a bookstore.
Two investigators looked at the title, the cover, the texts on the back and read the first few pages.
Some claim that they provide false hope or even do harm.American self-help authors are also popular in China and the former Eastern block in Europe (personal communication with Sergiu Báltátescu from Rumania and Huaibin Jing from China).This article describes what self-help books are about and explores the effectiveness of this kind of happiness advice.In the context of psychology books self-help is a form of coping with one’s personal or emotional problems without professional help.Therefore, all books that can serve this practical aim are considered self-help books.