Bookshop dilemmas

Most bookshops have a large section devoted to all aspects of self-help. I was seized by indecision when trying to choose a book on effective decision-making and came away empty-handed. On another occasion, an assistant tried to recommend a book on overcoming avoidance, but I gave it a miss.

Oh, all right,  these are imaginary scenarios for purposes of comedic effect.  But I did once return a self-help book on assertiveness and got a full refund. I think that must be the ultimate test of effectiveness, and it also poses a nice philosophical conundrum:

not effective   –   unable to return book  –  grounds to return it

effective   –  able to return it  – no grounds to return it


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