I thought this was a much-needed antithesis to the self-help movement (and I have read many a self-help book). I like his opposing views to some of the things I, myself, have tried and found unhelpful. However, I don't feel he fully lived up to providing the scientific studies to debunk those self-help beliefs, as he promised he would early in the book. Studies were referred to here and there, but a lot of what he put forth was based on personal experience instead of the objective data promissed. (I haven't read through the Notes section, so maybe I will find the support in there, but I expected it in the main text). In spite of that weakness, I recommend this read, both for anyone who has read a self-help book, or anyone who is a criticofself-help and looking for ammunition.