I love self-help books!
As you said, they are very magnetic - they are meant to be - since they need to attract readers, they need to give you the impression right away that YOU have the problem they are talking about - and you need their help, FAST! If it is a common problem, or they can make it sound that way, they can sell a lot of books.
I think if you are honestly happy with your life, or you aren't the kind of person to obsess over problems, it isn't surprising that they would depress you. You really wouldn't want
to know that someone thinks you have problems!
Personally, I have health problems (one of them being a book addiction
), and I'm the type of person who obsesses over this stuff, so I see a new book and I think "Oooo, cool! I wonder what they have to say about it?"
Sometimes they actually do have something new to say, sometimes not.
I don't read much of the celebrity books. I get the impression that they are trying to sell you on their image rather than a solution to any normal problem. "I'm rich, gorgeous, and I have a perfect life! Buy my book and find out how to be just like meeee!!!!"
I really don't need someone to tell me that I'm poor, ugly, and totally worthless compared to them. Then I'd have to buy the books that talk about "finding your inner beauty", "financial sucess for pennies", and "fantastic career opportunities, in only minutes a day!".
Do you know how many of those
are out there?? I'd never finish!!!