Self-Help: What Went Wrong?

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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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Hosted by Michael Burns
Directed by Elizabeth Yarwood
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Illustrations by J.R Fleming
Editing & Additional Animation by Brian M Kim
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Produced by Evan Yee

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  • Think you can do better than putting tape on your dog's paws? What's your favorite life hack?

    WisecrackWisecrack2 ай мурун
    • Hey Michael, maybe don't use "forceful" on your dating profile. Maybe...

      Glenn DaveyGlenn Davey7 күн мурун
    • 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.22 күн мурун
    • @Theodore Neill Taxpayers

      Arlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainArlene Whiteswan's Mysterious Domain29 күн мурун
    • Stealing money out of the collection basket sounds!

      Arlene Whiteswan's Mysterious DomainArlene Whiteswan's Mysterious Domain29 күн мурун
    • Well Wisecrack certainly can't do better. All they do is mock and sneer like the typical millennial shithead while my dog got me a bunch of quarters and a used chewing gum.

      Jann GuerreroJann GuerreroАй мурун
  • But..... I don’t have to NOT buy a candle that smells like Gwyneth Paltrow’s nether regions, right? 🤔 Joking aside, great video 👏🏻👍🏻

    One part Hippie One part HooliganOne part Hippie One part HooliganКүн мурун
  • The best book in the universe to change your life and your eternity is the Holy Bible, if you haven't read it start reading it today! THE GOSPEL (THE GOOD NEWS) OF JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR One of the main reasons we are here is to be sorry (repent) for our sins and to seek a loving reconciled relationship with God our Creator in heaven Who wrote the Holy Bible to us, by accepting His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as our Savior from our sins, because right now we are all separated from God in heaven because of our sins, but.. Jesus Christ came down here from heaven (God on earth) and He was born one of us, and He dwelt among us, and He gave us His perfect sinless life, and He died on the cross, to pay for, and to save us from our sins, to reconcile us with God, and to give us eternal life with Him, and He resurrected from the dead three days later, and after living on earth for forty more days, He ascended back up into heaven and He is coming back again at the end of this world and everyone will see Him and be judged by Him. Always love and be thankful for Jesus Christ! We cannot earn salvation and eternal life and be reconciled with God with good deeds or with religious rituals, It is the gift from God to all who believe, that Jesus Christ died on the cross, and resurrected from the dead, to save them from their sins, to reconcile them with God, and to give them eternal life. Period. Simple. Truth. Come as you are, sins and all, and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and He will change you from the inside out. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Become a "CHRISTian, a Christian, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior now, today. We all must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior to be born again of the Holy Spirit. There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

    slamee100slamee1003 күн мурун
  • I just viewed an ad for self help while watching this video :D

    icedfire728 version2.0icedfire728 version2.05 күн мурун
  • Video about what's wrong with self-help starts with and add about hair-loss...

    Blah AngerBlah Anger6 күн мурун
  • Harry Brown’s book is more about how to insulate yourself from the whims of public policy than it is how to exploit a crisis. I’m wondering if they actually know who he is.

    (NiTe)ething(NiTe)ething6 күн мурун
  • Putting "self-help" in a single category and judging it as a whole is about as useful as doing the same for "novels". Self-help has been around since "A book of 5 rings" and "Letters from a stoic". A good self-help book is based on solid advice about how an aspect of life can be improved such as "When perfect isn't good enough", "Never split the difference", "Why we sleep", "Tiny habits" etc. Even giving a narrative of why it's good to clean your room and to compare yourself with yourself and not with others can be beneficial. A critique of self-help should include the critique on the books you're critiquing, and done by assuming that the authors are trying to say something meaningful. I cringe at much of self-help advice but I wouldn't say novels aren't worth reading because I cringe at some generic murder-mystery novels. And How to win friends and influence people has some pretty good advice. - How can I make people feel needed, appreciated, valuable? Where do our interests align, so we can cooperate? How can we both win in this situation? And asking the question: How did this person feel important by...? is an excellent way to help figure out the motivations of people. But for those that LOVE self-help.. make sure those kinds of books are actually helping you see real improvement in your life, and not just making you feel good while you read them.

    Henrik StrömbergHenrik Strömberg7 күн мурун
  • Interesting video! Love the depth and history research put into this. I mostly agree with your point (that a lot of these self-help people are mostly there to make money), but I will say that sprinkled into that genre of books are some actually insightful ones that draw from psychology and philosophy to make their point. Jonathan Haidt’s books are one of them, and I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on his work. Those are the ones I tend to lean towards, and I feel that they get conflated with self-help books too easily. And while I do find them helpful, I don’t feel like Haidt (for example) is selling snake oil like the people you mentioned in the video.

    Katrina RinaKatrina Rina7 күн мурун
  • They should do “Modern Masculinity: What went wrong?”

    Pedro PortilloPedro Portillo8 күн мурун
  • Elites: We're going to create a system that f***s you all and benefits only us and our fellow sociopaths. Also Elites via the Self-Help industry: Oh and btw it's all your own fault. Don't question anything.

    Shotgun JohnnyShotgun Johnny8 күн мурун
  • I recently lost a once valued friend because she felt I constantly was criticizing everything she held important. I started to find fault with the idea of reading self-help books, only to immediately learn that she reads them. That was the point where we stopped a really nice process of becoming closer, and the momentum reversed. Somewhere, Dale Carnegie was feeling vindicated.

    Brian ArbenzBrian Arbenz9 күн мурун
  • "You don't have to own an exploding candle smelling like Gwenyth Paltrows nether region to know that the Self Help Industry is booming" What does that even mean? How are booming industries, candles and Gwenyth Paltrows nether region related?

    Vishal AsokanVishal Asokan10 күн мурун
  • I am surprised you guys never mentioned Jordan Peterson’ self help books.

    Darryl ReidDarryl Reid10 күн мурун
  • Learning that modern pop culture self help can make people blame themselves for their problems that are actually caused from society's systems blew my mind!

    fig bonefig bone10 күн мурун
  • Etc

    hzt jijhzt jij10 күн мурун
  • well i read alot of self help books but they ain't that bad tbh like sometimes knowledge is really power what I mean is when you learn about something like how your mind works you really start to solve a lot of problems you are having and yeah self help books have a lot of bullshit so I tend to stay with self-help books that rely on scientific facts

    DOM DOMDOM DOM11 күн мурун
  • Good to know the self help industry was nothing about self help and everything about industry.

    Ise RiverIse River11 күн мурун
  • Excellent history of this issue

    Angus GAngus G12 күн мурун
  • I think everyone is way too fixated on the blame game. It's not always your fault if you don't achieve your goal, but it's also not automatically the fault of some wicked or broken institution. Sometimes you work your butt off and still lose. That's life. That being said, with all else equal, you're more likely to reach a goal if you acknowledge your limitations and work your butt off than if you make a half hearted attempt, give up, and blame THE SYSTEM for all your problems.

    MugenjiroMugenjiro12 күн мурун
  • Im gonna write a anti-self help book about "How to Get Fired From Your Next (But CLEARLY Not Your Last), Job".

    Graeme McInnisGraeme McInnis13 күн мурун
  • What a pointless video.

    Morgan Fleur De LysMorgan Fleur De Lys13 күн мурун
  • Self help is a good idea taking to the extreme. The universal law will always be observe the mean and seek balance. Yes, one can change themselves in order to be mote successful but life is ultimately about the story of us.

    Black SocratesBlack Socrates13 күн мурун
  • Gonna forward this to an unmotivated friend who needs a kick in da

    Alf RedAlf Red14 күн мурун
  • What went right? Except for capitalism...

    Rob OtRob Ot14 күн мурун
  • 0:33 Holy **** I got chills when he said that. For a second I literally felt like he was talking to me.

    MacGamer MediaMacGamer Media15 күн мурун
  • Motivation comes only from within oneself. No book, speech, video, etc can or will motivate you. Only we can change ourselves, not good smelling bullshit. It's still shit

    Sammy SamSammy Sam15 күн мурун
  • Thank you for covering this topic so well

    Kimberly Asha StokesKimberly Asha Stokes17 күн мурун
  • George Carlin said it best. "If you have motivation to go to the store you are motivated enough to do anything else put the book back to the shelf tell the clark fyou and go home"

    19VIK9019VIK9017 күн мурун
  • too many sound effects. I didn't like that.

    JanJan18 күн мурун
  • At the time of Carl Jung, self reflection was generally often deemed as "self obsession". Carl Jung himself mention that he, to some extent ackniwledge the arguments but still find self reflection as important. But the way some portray it in their vids, it does indeed feel like "self obsession". Self help books have helped me a lot, but only when I focus on reducing my self obsession: "i feel, I want, I exoerience, I have, I remember, I can" vs "The message is, the understanding is, the emotion is, the memory is" A little bit of both is healthy. Too little of one isnt giving momentum My 2 cents, I am kinda dumb so this took time for me to realize!

    Qi NeQi Ne18 күн мурун
  • Has he tried keeps? It’s never too late.

    The Blue GhostThe Blue Ghost19 күн мурун
  • I’ve been out for a year. Where the fuck is Jared?

    Martin HaumannMartin Haumann19 күн мурун
  • Perfect presentation. A+

    Christopher C. Harris, LPCChristopher C. Harris, LPC19 күн мурун
  • Am I to understand that individualism in the working class influences a division among communities with similar struggles?

    Jon RolandJon Roland20 күн мурун
  • 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 T20 күн мурун
  • That typing sound is so annoying!

    Carlos SantosCarlos Santos20 күн мурун
  • Shoulda mentioned the OG self help guru, Timothy Leary

    BaronUnderbiteBaronUnderbite21 күн мурун
  • A lot of good research but very cynical

    Tony PetrozzaTony Petrozza21 күн мурун
  • 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 Silva23 күн мурун
  • I like how funny michael is, plus his view in a non ambiguous way

    João V M L SilvaJoão V M L Silva23 күн мурун
  • 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 Bertram24 күн мурун
    • Oh, and a Bill Hicks heroic dose!

      Matt BertramMatt Bertram24 күн мурун
  • Greed as always

    Caroline MullanCaroline Mullan26 күн мурун
  • 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.

    lemsiplemsip26 күн мурун
  • 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 Domain29 күн мурун
  • Had a self-help advert coming in.

    TshegoTshego29 күн мурун
  • This guy is an elitist.

    eternaloptimist senioreternaloptimist senior29 күн мурун
  • The goal of the self-help Industry is to get you addicted to self-help products.

    Todd PlunkettTodd PlunkettАй мурун
  • 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 ŞavklıАй мурун
  • 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 jrАй мурун
  • Change the system of oppression first. Revolution is the answer.

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

    Yariv PerelmuterYariv PerelmuterАй мурун
  • A video about self help scammers with the Video Creator advertising a HAIR GROWTH SCAM!! Well OK then!

    Kirk HigginsKirk HigginsАй мурун
  • 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&birdingАй мурун
  • 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 StockmanАй мурун
  • Self-help if for those authors. They help themselves get more money.

    Sherlika GSherlika GАй мурун
  • 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 KiАй мурун
  • The Enchiridion of Epictetus: The Original Self Help Book.

    Jann GuerreroJann GuerreroАй мурун
  • This industry proves how shallow humanity can be... 🤦🏼‍♂️

    Changing Times MusicChanging Times MusicАй мурун
  • 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

    jaguar4u2012jaguar4u2012Ай мурун
  • Making Fun of Life Hack Pushers (brought to you by KEEPS) 🤣

    M ThomasM ThomasАй мурун
  • The video starts with a keeps commercial. How ironic😂

    simplybeautyfullsimplybeautyfullАй мурун
  • That guy’s head is big *EVEN* on a thumbnail. Damnn

    Marc DarrenMarc DarrenАй мурун
  • @wisecrack, that swoosh used in the slide transitions is really annoying

    ohimbigtimeohimbigtimeАй мурун
  • 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 WayАй мурун
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is what went wrong

    Blue 24Blue 24Ай мурун
  • 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 LópezАй мурун
  • 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 SupportАй мурун
  • "Listen to the pains you feel- they are messengers" -Rumi

    Lynn RLynn RАй мурун
  • 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 SalkeldАй мурун
  • 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 JohnsonАй мурун
  • Self help is the new religion

    Bhargav KumarBhargav KumarАй мурун
  • 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.

    ashleyispresentashleyispresentАй мурун
  • 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 JamesАй мурун
  • 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 UnintendedАй мурун
  • Tony ROBbins is a Fat Guy giving out weight loss advice 🤣 "get the fark off my obstacle course"

    Aussie RoosAussie RoosАй мурун
  • your sponsor lol

    Jose ParedesJose ParedesАй мурун
  • Takes a critical view on self help development and promotes hair improvement products. My kind of humor

    mrtnrtrmrtnrtrАй мурун
  • 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 AfroMagicАй мурун
  • Where can I read more?

    DieQwietscheenteDieQwietscheenteАй мурун
  • Blah blah blah

    Prem KumarPrem KumarАй мурун
  • Narcissist Personality disorders and ego lol

    Nadine OliverNadine OliverАй мурун
  • By keeps or hats will become part of your identity

    Maxwell McCloudMaxwell McCloudАй мурун
  • 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).

    JetPackDinoJetPackDinoАй мурун
  • 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."

    JetPackDinoJetPackDinoАй мурун
  • Self help became somebody help me

    Neellav GogoiNeellav GogoiАй мурун
  • 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.

    MilubeeMilubeeАй мурун
  • Most people felt unsatisfied with their life and many other people selling the promise to fill that hole

    Kuro CKKuro CKАй мурун
  • 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 NeАй мурун
  • 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 MendelbarАй мурун
  • 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.

    SSАй мурун
  • Where is jordan peterson in this

    Hadi HassanHadi HassanАй мурун
  • 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 ChiefАй мурун
  • 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 HettingerАй мурун
  • 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...

    agnesagniagnesagniАй мурун
  • 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.

    MarkMarkАй мурун
  • 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

    516estrela516estrelaАй мурун
  • "Now, back to the show"😁😁😂

    Chongma Allen ChangChongma Allen ChangАй мурун
  • Self help starts with self-defeat

    Manuel García BarberoManuel García BarberoАй мурун
  • 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 BearАй мурун
  • 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 HawkinsАй мурун