50 Self-Help Classics : 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life

50 Self-Help Classics : 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life by Tom Butler-Bowdon

What is it Self-Help Book?

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”
William James (1842-1910)

You will have heard many times that “you can change your life by changing your thoughts and your mental habits,” but have you ever stopped to consider what that means? This book identifies some of the most useful ideas from writings specifically devoted to personal transformation—from the inside out.

“Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.”
Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism

I have called these books “self-help classics.” You may already have an idea of what self-help is, but that understanding should be deepened by the range of authors and titles covered in these pages. If there is a thread running through the works, it is their refusal to accept “common unhappiness” or “quiet desperation” as the lot of humankind. They acknowledge life’s difficulties and setbacks as real, but say that we cannot be defined by these.

No matter how adverse the situation, we always have room to determine what it will mean to us, a lesson given us in two books covered here, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosoplry. To consciously decide what we will think, not allowing genes or environment or fate to determine our path—this is the essence of self-help.


50 Self-Help Classics


  • James Allen As a Man Thinketh (1902)
  • Steve Andreas & Charles Faulkner (NLP Comprehensive Team) NLP: The New Technology of Achievement (1994)
  • Marcus Aurelius Meditations (2nd century)
  • Martha Beck Finding Your Own North Star: How to Claim the Life You Were Meant to Live (2001)
    The Bhagavad-Gita
    The Bible
  • Robert Bly Iron John (1990)
  • Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy (6th century)
  • Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997)
  • William Bridges Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes (1980)
  • David D. Burns Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980)
  • Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers The Power of Myth (1987)
  • Richard Carlson Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… And It’s All Small Stuff (1997)
  • Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
  • Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1994)
  • Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (1993)
  • Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990)
  • The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler The Art of Happiness:
    A Handbook for Living (1998)
  • The Dhammapada (Buddha’s teachings)
  • Wayne Dyer Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life (1992)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance (1841)
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run with the Wolves (1992)
  • Viktor Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
  • Benjamin Franklin Autobiography (1790)
  • Shakti Gawain Creative Visualization (1978)
  • Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ (1995)
  • John Gray Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992)
  •  Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life (1984)
  •  James Hillman The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1996)
  • Susan Jeffers Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987)
  • Richard Koch The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less (1998)
  • Ellen J. Langer Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life (1989)
  • Lao Tzu Tao Те Ching (5th-3rd century BC)
  • Maxwell Maltz Psycho-Cybernetics (1960)
  • Abraham Maslow Motivation and Personality (1954)
  • Philip C. McGraw Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters (1999)
  • Thomas Moore Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (1992)
  • Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1963)
  • Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)
  • Carol S. Pearson The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (1986)
  • M. Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled (1978)
  • Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  • Anthony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within (1991)
  • Florence Scovell Shinn The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925)
  • Martin Seligman Learned Optimism (1991)
  • Samuel Smiles Self-Help (1859)
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man (1955)
  • Henry David Thoreau Walden (1854)
  • Marianne Williamson A Return to Love (1994)

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