Do You Read Self-Help Books?

How to Win Friends & Influence PeopleI don’t read many books. I usually prefer to strain my eyes and induce headaches by reading content on the web. Right now, however, I am half way through How to Win Friends and Influence People, a book written by Dale Carnegie in 1936!

Disclaimer: The above link is an Amazon affiliate link and yes, I am trying to make a quick buck off my readers. However, at least the photo shows I do actually own the book, unlike some people who recommend products they’ve never even bought, and right now you can get a used copy for a low as $0.01, so sue me! 😛

Pass the mind control

Lately I’ve been reading up on brainwashing techniques, the rules of disinformation, and the psychology of influence and persuasion. Although such “powers” can be quite evil, wouldn’t it be amazing to have such control over people? Television shows are full of this stuff, putting you into a more suggestible state with timed beats, changes in volume and video that shifts your awareness from beta (left-side of the brain) to alpha (right-side).

Today’s media-oriented politicians and spellbinders are often carefully trained by a whole new breed of specialist who are using every trick in the book–both old and new–to manipulate you into accepting their candidate.

Brainwashing the dishes

Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People doesn’t get that heavy, focusing more on being a good listener, asking the right questions, and winning people over to your way of thinking. It may sound deceitful, but it’s all about being happy and making other people happy, so that’s got to be good, right?

First up, I’m going to practice on my wife. Maybe I can convince her that household chores are fun! Then, I’m going to see if I can use these tips to win a few text-based debates on the internet. Finally, I’ll try to woo my way into earning millions of billions of dollars, and getting elected president of a small country or something.

Do you read self-help books? If so, what kind? Have they actually helped you?

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13 thoughts on “Do You Read Self-Help Books?

  1. Hey Nick, even though you only stand to make 4% from a sale as low as $0.01 i think you’re affiliate link is broken … it redirects to Amazon OK but there’s no sign of your affiliate iD in the redirection.

  2. Nicky poo, you are extremely open on how you will manipulate the world for your conquest. Be careful that some smuck does not take it the wrong way! People who know you only know what a decent lad you are but there are some who might think differently.
    Once you have these techniques, please pass them on to me as my wife too needs to feel that cleaning is not a chore, but a heavenly gift from God that will allow her to express herself!!

    Keith

    Maybe you could also convince my wife that I’m a good cook and hopefully then, she will eat what I make!!! (Sadly I think God could not even do that!!)

    1. Thank you for the word of warning Keithy poo. I hope anyone who is turned off by this topic, or takes this the “wrong way”, speaks up in the comments here.

      As for convincing your wife you’re a good cook, I don’t think persuasion will cut it. You need hypnosis! 😉

  3. You should be ashamed of yourself Nicky poo! I mean come on trying to secretly influence and persuade people is really sick and disgusting. You’ve become the lowest the low, the dirtiest of the dirty, the stinkiest of the stinky… for shame Nicky poo, for shame!

  4. Oh hey Nicky poo, did I tell you that I just got that book on CD from the library? I’m going to upload it on to my Ipod!

  5. I think what you are trying to do is great Nick and really believe in this stuff!! Can you brain wash Mike into thinking that you can’t get hurt surfing because it is only water??????

    Keith

    PS. He already thinks this but I’m sure after 10 minutes out there, he will need your help!!
    Ping Pong bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Nick has been using his new found techniques on me and they are not working! Part of the reason for this is due to his comments being so obvious…

      Here’s a sample of what he’ll say when I go surfing and get “hurt” in the “water.” “Oh hey Mike, how’s that beautiful water you’ve so often been falling in to… I’ll bet it’s clean and refreshing. Boy what I wouldn’t give to be in that water, and on that board with you. You must be having the time of your life. etc.”

  6. Disclaimer. I was a business major and worked in mega-corporate America (though, in Japan) for 4 years.

    I loved 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and also Getting Things Done by David Allen(?).

    Check em out.

    I also read that book, but nothing particularly stuck with me. After a while all those books, except 7 Habits and Getting Things Done, tend to blend together in you mind.

  7. I still haven’t received my copy after two weeks. I really could do with some brainwashing right now.

  8. Well, you’ve influenced me into commenting. Or maybe it’s simply the fact that I was hanging out with Keith tonight and your blog came up. Or maybe it was a combination C’s Cafe nachos and the phase of the moon. Or maybe it was……..

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