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Our Selves Can Only Improve So Much

The human mind isn’t built to accommodate all the promises of self-help

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In a way, watching self-help go mainstream over the past several years — as buzzwords like self-care, mindfulness, and productivity exploded in popularity — felt like my own hipster moment: something I liked before it was cool. I’ve been reading self-help literature since I was a kid…

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Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong has written for the New York Times, The Cut, Catapult, The Atlantic and ELLE.