Self-Help: What Went Wrong?

8 févr. 2021
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Self-Help: What if the industry that promises to make you "better" is actually making everything worse?
The self-help industry is full of gurus promising to make you the best version of yourself. But what if there's something more sinister going on amidst all this aspirational self-improvement? Let's find out in this Wisecrack Edition on Self Help: What Went Wrong?
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Commentaires
  • Think you can do better than putting tape on your dog's paws? What's your favorite life hack?

    WisecrackWisecrackIl y a 2 mois
    • Well what did people do before self-help books? They figured it out, they asked family, neighbors, friends, and collaborated at times to figure things out together. I used to be a huge self-help book junkie. Never paid for seminars but it was bad enough being on the merry go round of these self-help books. Anyway, thanks for calling this out.

      Lila D.Lila D.Il y a jour
    • @Theodore Neill Taxpayers

      Arlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainArlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainIl y a 8 jours
    • Stealing money out of the collection basket sounds good.....lol!

      Arlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainArlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainIl y a 8 jours
    • “ We’re here one time, one life.” Only partially true in my opinion.

      Nikki E.Nikki E.Il y a 8 jours
    • @Madsovic999 😬😯

      Nikki E.Nikki E.Il y a 8 jours
  • to be fair, NOOTROPICs CAN GREATLY INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY if used correctly and in the correct combination that works for you. The problem is that there is no general or uniform combination that works for everyone - nootropics affect each person at a different level and in a different way. so it takes a lot of experimentation to discover your optimal "stack" or effective combo. If used correctly in a manner that is customized for your system they can be extremely effective

    Erik TErik TIl y a 3 heures
  • That typing sound is so annoying!

    Carlos SantosCarlos SantosIl y a 4 heures
  • Shoulda mentioned the OG self help guru, Timothy Leary

    BaronUnderbiteBaronUnderbiteIl y a jour
  • A lot of good research but very cynical

    Tony PetrozzaTony PetrozzaIl y a jour
  • I often think that I have a book of this nature in me to write, but my motivation for writing it is that I have been through so much horrid stuff in my life and then was forced the hard way to learn a lot about myself and the world that I didn’t know, I want all of my regrets about the things I did and the things I didn’t do to have a purpose, and if that purpose happens to make me some money, great. It will allow me to correct at least in the present, one of the big mistakes maybe two that I made. I would want to stop others from making the same mistakes. I think where people go wrong is that they become self-help authors by trade. They don’t just get out their testimony, say what they have to say, put it in one book, and be done with it almost more like a memoir, they go into it as a vocation where they are then obligated to produce book after book after book. They also model this path as lucrative, and then other people start doing the same thing. We used to share our wisdom with our villages, now in the age of technology, the world is your village and it’s a model that just doesn’t work. Every industry does this, television, music - the music industry is really bad with this, and publishing. Others as well. When they see something that the public shows a hunger for, they turn it into a formula and they produce it and keep producing it until the interest in it dies out.

    Nikki E.Nikki E.Il y a jour
  • I love how a lot of bullshit was ground to the existence of jordan peterson as self help to deal with women that don't bows her head to any man, and liberal ideas that goes against religious beliefs.

    João V M L SilvaJoão V M L SilvaIl y a 3 jours
  • I like how funny michael is, plus his view in a non ambiguous way

    João V M L SilvaJoão V M L SilvaIl y a 3 jours
  • Gibran and Rilke are the true self-help guides. The only way to really heal is solitude, going within, spending time with yourself, which is, by the way, free.

    Matt BertramMatt BertramIl y a 3 jours
    • Oh, and a Bill Hicks heroic dose!

      Matt BertramMatt BertramIl y a 3 jours
  • Greed as always

    Caroline MullanCaroline MullanIl y a 5 jours
  • Tony Robbins is the worst of them. He gets his ideas and techniques from the Landmark Forum which was formerly EST. He looks like a cross between Lurch in The Addams Family and Jaws the James Bond villian.

    lemsiplemsipIl y a 6 jours
  • Basically photoshop yourself in front of a fancy car in front of a mansion, tell the public how you got to own them and sell them a course on self publishing books with no content or something so too can own these things.

    Arlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainArlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainIl y a 8 jours
  • Had a self-help advert coming in.

    TshegoTshegoIl y a 8 jours
  • This guy is an elitist.

    eternaloptimist senioreternaloptimist seniorIl y a 8 jours
  • The goal of the self-help Industry is to get you addicted to self-help products.

    Todd PlunkettTodd PlunkettIl y a 9 jours
  • Tim Ferris went to ivy college and he never shares how but he invested all the right startups...Now he is soo happy-:)he uses drugs

    Elvan ŞavklıElvan ŞavklıIl y a 9 jours
  • I genuinely hate the united states of america and living in it is disgusting. I hate you all and would rather be dead than live here anymore

    christian smith jrchristian smith jrIl y a 9 jours
  • Change the system of oppression first. Revolution is the answer.

    Kurapika GiovannaKurapika GiovannaIl y a 9 jours
  • A video criticising the self help movement sponsored by a self help ad on how to keep one's hair intact....

    Yariv PerelmuterYariv PerelmuterIl y a 9 jours
  • A video about self help scammers with the Video Creator advertising a HAIR GROWTH SCAM!! Well OK then!

    Kirk HigginsKirk HigginsIl y a 9 jours
  • What went wrong ? just like everything else, it became a business, sold sometimes by unscrupulous people, and self-help has it's limits: once you've seen 10 videos, you've pretty much seen them all ( which does not mean it is not helpful to start getting better).

    Gaël Hervé hiking&birdingGaël Hervé hiking&birdingIl y a 10 jours
  • Dale Carnegie didn’t exactly come from nothing... kinda like how a rando named George Washington Stevens has a significantly better chance of winning any office they decide to run for...

    Carl StockmanCarl StockmanIl y a 10 jours
  • Self-help if for those authors. They help themselves get more money.

    Sherlika GSherlika GIl y a 10 jours
  • So, the self-help industry making fortune from depression and anxiety from society's financial insecurity. Interesting. Is that kind of spell only working in communities that celebrates individuality?

    Mi KiMi KiIl y a 11 jours
  • The Enchiridion of Epictetus: The Original Self Help Book.

    Jann GuerreroJann GuerreroIl y a 11 jours
  • This industry proves how shallow humanity can be... 🤦🏼‍♂️

    Changing Times MusicChanging Times MusicIl y a 11 jours
  • if you are not a millionaire... you're nothing... so they say... but I know broke people like Mozart for example... and yet there are million of millionaires who died as a "blank spot" their only trait in life was that they were wealthy

    jaguar4u2012jaguar4u2012Il y a 12 jours
  • Making Fun of Life Hack Pushers (brought to you by KEEPS) 🤣

    M ThomasM ThomasIl y a 12 jours
  • The video starts with a keeps commercial. How ironic😂

    simplybeautyfullsimplybeautyfullIl y a 13 jours
  • That guy’s head is big *EVEN* on a thumbnail. Damnn

    Marc DarrenMarc DarrenIl y a 13 jours
  • @wisecrack, that swoosh used in the slide transitions is really annoying

    ohimbigtimeohimbigtimeIl y a 13 jours
  • As religion declines, we see that a large segment of the population seeks out other ways to be sheared. The sheeple need a shepherd.

    No WayNo WayIl y a 14 jours
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is what went wrong

    Blue 24Blue 24Il y a 15 jours
  • It depends a lot on the self-help book type. There are some really good self-help books on psychology that helped me go through my depression. Then you have the self-help books that basically tell you that you are not rich because you are not doing XYZ, which as some point down in the comments, is toxic as hell

    Marta LópezMarta LópezIl y a 15 jours
  • If parents and teachers don’t teach their kids everything they need to succeed in life, buying books for inexpensive to learn info and skills parents didn’t teach you is common sense and very easy to afford. It’s the hype of the industry that turned me off, but personal and professional development is often very good.

    Opiate Addiction SupportOpiate Addiction SupportIl y a 16 jours
  • "Listen to the pains you feel- they are messengers" -Rumi

    Lynn RLynn RIl y a 16 jours
  • Man goes into bookstore. Man: “Could you show me where the self-help books are?” Assistant: “Wouldn’t that defeat the object of the exercise?”

    Michael SalkeldMichael SalkeldIl y a 16 jours
  • I’m 65 years old and I still have all my hair. I don’t need Keeps, thank you. Just shave your head you insecure fuck!!

    John JohnsonJohn JohnsonIl y a 16 jours
  • Self help is the new religion

    Bhargav KumarBhargav KumarIl y a 17 jours
  • Self-help culture is attempting to fill the void left by the societal abandonment of the spiritual impulse in man. Carl Jung had two definitions of self. The big Self and the small self. The small self is the individual, the ego, the big Self includes the collective, and everything beyond that, which is basically God. And in that he arrived to the similar conclusion all mystics, yogis and shamans came to, that All is Self. You are God. This idea is expressed in "The Golden Rule", something that appears in pretty much every ancient text: "Treat your neighbour as you would like to be treated". Because there is no seperation between you and them, self and other. You are me, I am you. Returning to this fundamental understanding of reality can only happen if we get rid of this worldview pushed by hard science that we are dead materialistic machines floating on a meaningless rock in space, and accept that there IS meaning to life, it is to Love. Love disolves all seperation, spirituality is the only thing that's going to turn this individual obsessed society into a more community focused society. The only way we can start caring more for each other and the earth again is if we try our best each day to remember that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Until this becomes the focus and common thread in mainstream global ideologies and pop-culture, we are on the highway to hell.

    ashleyispresentashleyispresentIl y a 18 jours
  • The protestant worth ethic is the basis for the reformed nations in Europe becoming developed, But here we are told it was ALL about working yourself to the bone! The protestant work ethic was about working sacredly, that your work is not just a job but an act of worship and this in turn created high levels of productivity and standards because of the revelation that God cares about what you do outside the four walls of the church. So it was not perfect but it was not as materialistic or legalistic as we are told here.

    Trevor JamesTrevor JamesIl y a 18 jours
  • Socialism is the answer, take the undeserved wealth from the rich and redistribute it the the working class so we can all live a life of dignity and have our basic needs met.

    The UnintendedThe UnintendedIl y a 18 jours
  • Tony ROBbins is a Fat Guy giving out weight loss advice 🤣 "get the fark off my obstacle course"

    Aussie RoosAussie RoosIl y a 18 jours
  • your sponsor lol

    Jose ParedesJose ParedesIl y a 19 jours
  • Takes a critical view on self help development and promotes hair improvement products. My kind of humor

    mrtnrtrmrtnrtrIl y a 19 jours
  • Not sure why the 4 day work week has anything to do with “self help”. It’s just a practical way for the working class to take back our lives now that we are sooooooo much more productive (because of technology) than workers were in any previous decade.

    Joshua AfroMagicJoshua AfroMagicIl y a 19 jours
  • Where can I read more?

    DieQwietscheenteDieQwietscheenteIl y a 20 jours
  • Blah blah blah

    Prem KumarPrem KumarIl y a 20 jours
  • Narcissist Personality disorders and ego lol

    Nadine OliverNadine OliverIl y a 21 jour
  • By keeps or hats will become part of your identity

    Maxwell McCloudMaxwell McCloudIl y a 23 jours
  • I thought this was going to be about the dark personal secrets of the gurus or how they've wound up broke and in the gutter. I'm disappointed lol (and I know that says more about me than it does about them).

    JetPackDinoJetPackDinoIl y a 23 jours
  • The next wave will be about uniting to start the revolution: "They Lied to Us to Keep Us Calm While They Took Our Stuff: Seven Ways We Take it All Back."

    JetPackDinoJetPackDinoIl y a 23 jours
  • Self help became somebody help me

    Neellav GogoiNeellav GogoiIl y a 23 jours
  • Great video. I'm glad you didn't call me out all that much :D One should be able to practise some self-help while still seeing how there isn't equality in this world, having compassion for people who sturggle and keep on joining fights for better conditions in our society for all of us. Though you can be perfectly self-centered without self-help, it's just what our style of living breeds, so I don't blame self-help industry for trying to make self-centered life more fullfilling if nothing else.

    MilubeeMilubeeIl y a 23 jours
  • Most people felt unsatisfied with their life and many other people selling the promise to fill that hole

    Kuro CKKuro CKIl y a 23 jours
  • Carl Young mentioned that self reflection can become self obsession in a book somewhere. Somehow I think it can be true to a certain extent.

    Qi NeQi NeIl y a 24 jours
  • I am going for the pessimistic route here. I believe that there are a lot of people are brain damaged in ways that they don't know, there are some self-help teachers that know what they are doing and help them for the good of society, and there are quacks that only do it for profit regardless of if the results. Example: There is medicine to treat ADD for children, they go off that medicine upon reaching adulthood because the doctors falsely assume that ADD is something you grow out of. The good doctor should talk about ways to treat the problem besides the medicine.

    Keyotea MendelbarKeyotea MendelbarIl y a 24 jours
  • Self Help community is toxic. You're never happy or content because you could always be doing something better 😕, plus along the way you're being monetized while being promised a better life. I absolutely do encourage people to improve and live happier and healthier lives, but just be careful to not get sucked down the rabbit hole.

    SSIl y a 25 jours
  • Where is jordan peterson in this

    Hadi HassanHadi HassanIl y a 25 jours
  • À simple question I asked myself a long time ago... If the self-help industry is legit, why is the market over saturated with it. Self help is just another occidental idiosyncrasy, where people seek to buy spirituality. Fun fact, it can't be bought and just about the only thing in life one must tirelessly work at ALONE.

    Kaiser ChiefKaiser ChiefIl y a 25 jours
  • I was into self help at a young age, with things like The Secret and The Power of Now. The only reason was because I didn't know I had bipolar disorder and was looking for anyone to tell me why my emotions were so fucked up. Took me a decade to realize what I needed was medication because these self help assholes plus the anti-pill crowd told me for the entire decade that my problem is my thinking and behavior. So for a decade I went without medication for a serious problem with depression, and my life was 100x more difficult because of it. Now, I'm a burnt out college grad with barely enough bitcoin that I can afford to not work for a few years. My brain has almost nothing left to give anyone. I spent too much time trying to overcome a neurological problem through pop psychology and now that I'm burnt out it just means I'm less competitive than my peers. This country gives no fuck if you lose your mind, go broke and die.

    Michelle HettingerMichelle HettingerIl y a 26 jours
  • Remember the 2012 Mayan Calendar end of the world madness? All the books, programs, trinkets it sold? Help progress the whole of humanity “to the next level”! Yeah, of course... Remember the “Secret”? Another shitty victim blaming nonsense scam. Sometimes these guys team up, creating whole movements. Basically that is what religion taught us. Be good, obey certain rules, you will be exempted from suffering all the sh.t the others who are “not good enough “ go through. Daddy loves you...

    agnesagniagnesagniIl y a 26 jours
  • The dissiese to please legit changed my life and David goggins book (not a self help book) turned my focus in to a laser WMD.

    MarkMarkIl y a 28 jours
  • I partly agree with this video, they made great points, but also live by the philosophy of extreme ownership. I'm not going to wait for the large institutions to do right and change the unfair circumstances surrounding my life. I'm going to do what I can to succeed DESPITE the circumstances I can't control. Personal accountability/discipline = freedom

    516estrela516estrelaIl y a 29 jours
  • "Now, back to the show"😁😁😂

    Chongma Allen ChangChongma Allen ChangIl y a 29 jours
  • Self help starts with self-defeat

    Manuel García BarberoManuel García BarberoIl y a mois
  • This is pretty good, but it is a little ironic that it contains an ad for a product that is probably just a dud and which appeals to people's vanity.

    Benson BearBenson BearIl y a mois
  • The most important self-help book you will ever read is; Your own Diary, or Your own Journal. That’s where you will learn, and grow the most. No one can tell you who you are, or who you’re supposed to be! Start writing, you’ll be amazed at how well you’ll get to know Yourself! ❤️😄

    Karissa HawkinsKarissa HawkinsIl y a mois
  • what does it say about your channel that hair loss treatments are being advertised :')

    10hoj10hojIl y a mois
  • Self help, has very positive aspects. But it fails to understand that A) success looks different to everyone B) not everyone needs to be successful immediately C) it can take years between when you first hear good advice and understand enough about it to act regularly on it. D) what works for one, doesn't necessarily work on others. I found that self-help is dangerous without a foundation in philosophy to put stuff in context. We are humans, weak and frail, but unbelievably massive in our potential. No one will ever reach their full potential because 80 years to figure everything out is quite impossible, and that's ok. Improve yourself, but remember that you won't learn and act on any lessons until you are ready, until something has changed, until you feel like you deeply feel like you need to change and have tried everything else. And if you don't want to change, then, "don't worry, be happy"

    Hal EffectHal EffectIl y a mois
  • It's the root of capitalism, everyone and everything has to be keep being "better." If not, you're worthless.

    cxa011500cxa011500Il y a mois
  • Self-help is the resource that the weak and cowards focus on. I am disguste of everyone who consumes this type of content and especially those who produce it.

    Andrei RibeiroAndrei RibeiroIl y a mois
  • Religion is a form of self help. So is basic philosophy.

    snowissjsnowissjIl y a mois
  • Your selling a ‘hair product’ while raggin on the self help industry? And don’t see the hypocrisy? Your as pathetic as Oprahs Army. If your not a part of the solution, your the problem

    Timothy LeeTimothy LeeIl y a mois
  • Two words: Mind Valley😶😐😑

    Eduardo Ramirez JrEduardo Ramirez JrIl y a mois
  • Good video. As you say, the problem can’t be that the community is broken down and every part of society has become a commodity to extract as much man hours out of every man woman and child for their boss. The problem is, how you approach that situation. Your problem isn’t that, public infrastructure is terrible, the way your city has been built means that the majority of people spend two hours in traffic after an eight hour work day where they come home and literally are in capable of having any kind of other life that fulfils them. The problem is the way you think about it. It’s just another way of assigning blame and making money off assigning blame. There’s nothing wrong with personal responsibility, but it’s making everything about personal responsibility which is just oversimplified nonsense. At this point the self-help industry is about creating a problem the self-help industry can solve, for a price of course. It’s just an extension of, your problems are your own, because of your own motivation levels or your own moral failing. It’s just an extension of manifest destiny and Regan Omics‘s and all that other shit.

    Conor SConor SIl y a mois
  • 10:50 My great-grandfather was heavily influenced by this movement in the UK. His family went from blast furnace workers, to railway clerks to accountants in 3 generations, he was tee-total and insisted on learning 'The Queen's English' and was a local councillor. In addition there are still the remnants of "mechanical institutes" in the UK all over the place offering adult education course, especially before the austerity of the last decade that affected adult education a lot. I remember one in Birmingham when I was at uni - that were founded from this movement. Also the university where I took evening classes for my masters degree, Birkbeck, was founded under the auspicies of George Birkbeck who was from this movement too. Samuel Smiles is now see as a hardened liberal free marketer, but in his time he was just as much as famous for writing about engineers such as Stephenson - who founded the Mechanical Engineers Institute, the fact that to this day 'engineer' is not a universally respected or protected title as it is in most of the world shows you the kind of attitudes he was fighting against in his self-help - and engineering was, and still is, one of the more meritocratic professions out there. I am seeing a sharp hostility to meritocracy rising in the world right now, though I really wonder if people want to end up back in the past where they were not able to progress in life. Saying that there is not real meritocracy now due to a rising class divide isn't really an argument against it. It is also fair to say these people who saw themselves as promotors of social enlightenment would be horrified by what amounts to the modern self-help industry. These are very deep topics that Adam Curtis's films also delve into, the Jane Fonda workout is the featured in one of his films.

    Ferrusian GambitFerrusian GambitIl y a mois
  • Napolean Hill`s Think and grow Rich preceeds Carnegie

    munir shemsumunir shemsuIl y a mois
  • they all went into the tv "preacher" bizz

    Johnathan MyersJohnathan MyersIl y a mois
  • A little Tony Robbins transformed my life and when I became depressed and overwhelmed since it was all my fault. I came scary close to suicide. I had never been so depressed or self loathing in my life.

    Michelle BurkholderMichelle BurkholderIl y a mois
    • NOT your fault! Glad you’re still here and aware now that these people don’t have the answers!

      1chienandalou1chienandalouIl y a jour
  • Just like any industry in American history, eventually the grifters, scammers and con artists get in on it and ruin everything for everybody. Because what is a scam but American style capitalism brought to it's logical conclusion.

    Frankenviews *Frankenviews *Il y a mois
  • How many swooshing sounds can they fit in one video lol.

    c cc cIl y a mois
  • I bust my ass yesterday trying to explain this to my sister thank you 😭😭

    fatemeh shahmohammadfatemeh shahmohammadIl y a mois
    • @Nethan Paul Thanks :) (im a girl too)

      fatemeh shahmohammadfatemeh shahmohammadIl y a mois
  • Self help sucks (which I partially agree with), but make sure you don’t let your hair thin. Here’s a product for better hair. Ok back to self improvement sucks

    Ryan Brooks LeslieRyan Brooks LeslieIl y a mois
  • Bro why is this channel the most incisive historically supported rebuttal of all the problems of society right now. Listen well kids, few others are brave enough to let go of their bootstraps and see individualism as the incompetent young trend that it is. Collectivism is far older and is the only way humans have ever achieved anything.

    david102994david102994Il y a mois
  • I think equating Tim Ferris to the Goop lady is really an silly move. Self help can be full of shit, but some people really want to provide help, and Tim Ferris is one of them, of course from a wealthy perspective, but that is what he knows.

    mattiaukmattiaukIl y a mois
  • Time to scatter the toxic individual self help and find out what we can do as a collective.

    Von SebastianVon SebastianIl y a mois
  • I think this is one of your best videos, thanks for the thoughts

    Loki BeckonsLoki BeckonsIl y a mois
  • His shirt looks like there's food stuck on it. Thought I was looking in the mirror.

    Aaron SAaron SIl y a mois
  • I read a couple of self-help books recently that helped me crawl out of a pit of depression and keep a number of friends I was in danger of pushing away. I think in order for a self-help book to work, you have to already be in a place where you want to change something about yourself. Also it has to be a book that actually wants to help you rather than just take your money.

    FirstRisingSouIFirstRisingSouIIl y a mois
  • I like how most of these videos ultimately come across as created by guys that like Bernie Sanders

    Daniel UlloaDaniel UlloaIl y a mois
  • The irony of this video is that the FRworld ad preceding it was for a self help app.

    Ashwath NairAshwath NairIl y a mois
  • I immediately lose respect for anyone who quotes a self help guru to me.

    ohthreefiftyoneohthreefiftyoneIl y a mois
  • Order in Anarchy ✊🏾

    Najee MebaneNajee MebaneIl y a mois
  • 18:27 hahahaha

    Daniël van GinkelDaniël van GinkelIl y a mois
  • I remember when I started making FRworld videos, I realize there's a lot of "click this video if you wanna have million subscribers" and "you don't have a lot of subscribers because you're not doing it right"

    Dreday Allday EverydayDreday Allday EverydayIl y a mois
  • You can't be self helped, you can only help yourself.

    KennyKennyIl y a mois
  • Patreon is great. Literally rich people paying for education of poor people. Thank you internet although it was a mistake.

    TempaRocka TrevorTrevorTempaRocka TrevorTrevorIl y a mois
  • It's capitalism, dude. The problem is capitalism

    Timothy WalshTimothy WalshIl y a mois
  • I don’t really agree with your take. You seem to go from a collectivism vs individualism approach. Seems like a very politically liberal mindset? Yes if we had a Marxist Utopia no one would need self improvement because everyone would have just enough money for all their needs. The reality is that utopia will never happen and the best chance we have to improve the world is if each individual takes responsibility for their life and making their life and the lives of those around them better then we will see a radical change in society. As long as we do not try to motivate or incentivize people to improve themselves we will see more people feeling entitled and wanting to depend on the government instead of their own resourcefulness.

    Daniel CrackowerDaniel CrackowerIl y a mois
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