Self-Help or Self-Growth?
Understanding Personal Development Terminology
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Self-Help, Self-Growth, Self-Improvement, Personal Development… are these terms synonyms? If you have ever wondered about this, you are not alone; this is one of those questions that has no clear and cut answer.
Looking at one’s self entails an honest evaluation of our personal attributes, attitudes, capacities, weaknesses and strengths, among other factors. The way in which a person feels, thinks and acts, stems from his/her understanding of himself/herself.
This is connected to a wide variety of factors –from genetic to environmental- that affect a person’s inward and outward disposition in life.
However, let us acknowledge that despite our individual circumstances and disposition, we all share something in common: Every person has the goal of projecting an image of success (whatever success entails for each one of us) which enables us to significantly contribute to a broader realm of life, outside of ourselves.
Searching for a well-meaning life is what drives a person to reinvent himself/herself in the light of so many personal development strategies. This is not only encouraging but gives purpose and meaning to one’s life. Some choose to self-help themselves to get better in one area. As they do, they experience self-improvement; and when several areas are improved upon, they go through self-growth.
There are several sociological and psychological theories that propel a person into a self-growth path. Yet, directing energies to systematically and substantially improve the self must start from within. Thus, the desire to learn is the #1 element which serves as a catalyst to initiate the self-growth of an individual.
Here is a good head start to help you understand the differences and similarities of these basic terms:
This is the act of learning a certain behavior and/or strategy with the intention to acquire a particular trait and/or habit. The purpose is to enhance a particular area of oneself. People who engage in methodologies to help themselves have the courage and will to improve by themselves and without the assistance of their external environment; hence the self part of “self-help.” They are also able to recognize the change within themselves which has an effect in their attitude, self-esteem and self-confidence. In this aspect, self-help happens “within” and you are the judge of your own changes as well as of the degree of such changes.
This is the aim and the ideal result of any self-help program; i.e. the achievement of a specific goal from a learned technique in a book or training.
In his way, it springs from the desire to make something better and from having taken action on it. Moreover, your attained improvement can be perceived and noticed by other people; in the world “without.” Self-improvement encompasses the enhancement of oneself in one or more aspects of the self: psychologically, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, spiritually, and financially – which reflects total well-being.
This refers to integrating all the life experiences, encompassing all that has been learned and gained, as well as the personal values and attributes of a person in order to achieve a well-rounded life. Spiritual Growth fits under this category as well.
- Personal Development
This is the model that promotes a valuable and larger perspective of a person’s holistic endeavors; thus, you are developing yourself into a more complete individual. From self-help to self-improvement techniques and the evolution that comes from these experiences for self-growth, all incorporate sociological and psychological changes in the “self” and all of this falls under the umbrella of Personal Development.
To better illustrate such defined structure think of it this way: Personal development considers your goals from a comprehensive perspective; meaning that you will develop yourself into the person you want to become by learning either through self-help methodologies or as a part of a group with the intention to self-improve yourself.
Another definition could be: Personal development can be done with or without assistance and it is geared towards achieving self-improvement and overall self-growth.
Some areas of the self can be improved upon with self-help programs; however, some other areas may require the guidance of others, external to the self; i.e. teachers, coaches and mentors which can provide interactions that may be needed and/or important to achieve a more comprehensive self-growth experience. Of course, this depends on the area in which the person is seeking self-improvement and on the person himself/herself.
On the other hand, personal development tends to consider both, the experiences initiated by the self and the experiences gained from the interactions with others, resulting in a more comprehensive experience for self-growth.
A word of caution: Since empowering oneself relies mainly on a set of norms and principles where one is found to be biased with, some people will find the self-help experience incomplete. Thus, in seeking a more comprehensive self-growth, one must eventually expand the realm of personal development to include learning from and contributing to a community or society.
In other words, the power of the information learned in self-help books will only be valuable to the extent in which the knowledge acquired is shared with others and contributed to society. This is the essence of a well-rounded life.
Here is a real-life example of these terms combined:
Let’s say you want to learn public speaking. You attend an online class or read a book on how to do just that. This step was initiated by your desire to improve upon something, from the self.
This is the self-help aspect of your self-growth. As a result, you give better speeches to your audience. This is the self-improvement area that is noticed by others.
In doing so, you will have enhanced your personal development and as such, you will have added to your self-growth, and to the self-growth of those to whom you have delivered your speech to.
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If your dream was to excel in basketball, you’d have to learn certain techniques to take you to the level of excellence you’d want to achieve.
And if you wanted to become an expert at flying kites you’d have to master a few flying tips and maybe learn a bit about both Bernoulli’s principles and Newton’s 3rd law as valid principles of flight.
As such, most every new skill, task or endeavor will require some type of training based on techniques to get you ready to perform that particular skill. Once learned, practice and dedication will take you to the next level.
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It is no different with the mind. To deliberately create what you want, you must train your mind by learning the techniques that can help you manifest what you want the “right” way.
Either we realize it or not — and either we want it or not — we are constantly attracting experiences, people and even material things according to our state of mind. Most people go about trying to manipulate outside effects, without realizing that the cause of their circumstances is within. Therefore, attracting desirable conditions and experiences depends on your thought patterns and the behaviors and emotions linked to those thoughts. And the results you want can be achieved by learning (and practicing) certain techniques and tactics.
You’ll find in here sensitive information about the concrete methods that will help you align your thoughts and emotions according to what you want to manifest in your life. These techniques will become very helpful when you use them and put them to work often. Persevere and you will surely start experiencing the things you want to attract to your reality in no time at all.
So please… do not close your browser promising yourself that you will read or work on this later… most of the times we have good intentions but life gets in the way and we end up putting off what really matters.
If you truly want to see significant changes in your life, you must decide to start at once. There is no better time than now. Take a few minutes of your day and dedicate them to your personal growth. In time, you will be thankful for having done so as you’ll start seeing the results you yearn for in life.
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