Self-Help Books to Read for Struggling Teens


Teenagers nowadays don't enjoy reading books all that much, and even if they do read, they mostly read books in genres like romance, thriller, and fantasy. These types of books are easy to understand and exciting to read. However, reading self-improvement books should also be considered. Self-improvement books can be a game-changer for those who seek to work on their struggles like procrastination, anxiety, misanthropy, etc. Personally, the first time I put my hands on a self-improvement book, more specifically Dale Carnegie's “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” I instantly knew I was on the path to gain divine superpowers.

‎Here are some self-improvement books that will tremendously support your emotional and rebellious teenage journey:‏‏‎

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie


In our teenage years, we start to develop many kinds of relationships with different people. Although, we don't have a lot of experience and are usually unable to make relationships work out in the best way possible.

Do you want your teacher to write you a glowing hot letter of recommendation? Do you want to ace your college essay and interview? Do you want to be a good club president? If so, dale's book will be a fantastic read for you!

This fascinating book will teach you how to be nice so that you become a good leader, which, of course, will lead you to become more successful in forming new friendships while also being more influential.

Reading this book changed my entire way of thinking about relationships; Dale's guidance sticks to me 'til this day.

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Sure, the title may seem a little vulgar, and it is. However, Mark Manson doesn't care about it. He's crude and unbothered; He wants you to be unbothered as well.

On the surface, it seems like Mark Manson is just a regular profane person, but reading his book, you will find out that, in reality, he is inspiring, philosophical, and intelligent.

It's a well-known fact that teenagers have a strong susceptibility towards strong emotions. This book can tremendously help you control these emotions by teaching you that you need to let go of anything redundant and unnecessary, to focus only on the main things in life. He condemns self-help gurus; He proves that seeking peace and happiness by following these gurus will not help you find these things.

3. Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

When teens start to enter the world as adults and gain responsibility, they can become internally lost, unaware of what to pursue in life.

Viktor Frankl, who labored in Nazi concentration camps, tells us how every human-being must have some meaning in their life. Suffering is inevitable. However, a life meaning helps us keep moving forward — he says.

In his theory, known as logotherapy, is a belief that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of things we find meaningful.

To prove this, He tells us about his own experience, how even in desperate times, in the concentration camps, some people found meaning and kept going strong, while others miserably succumbed to pessimism.

4. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

School can get boring; college can get boring; life can get boring in general, but then, how do some people wake up always feeling energized, ready to do their job all day?

Mihaly's book teaches us about a unique state of consciousness. This state of consciousness is called Flow; Flow makes an experience genuinely satisfying. During flow, people experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and full involvement with life. Mihaly teaches us how to achieve this magical state and find true happiness in life by using it.

5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Ever since childhood, we listen to a lot of misconceptions about money. This book focuses on exposing these misconceptions and changing our mindsets.

For instance, It proves that you don't need to have a high-salary job to be financially successful and explains the difference between making money and making your money work for you. In reality, The main reason why you struggle with financial problems is that you spend several years in school learning nothing about money and investing.

6. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

At the start of each school year, you might say to yourself: “Ok, this year, I'm going to study well and get good grades,” but you will most likely slack off in the end, worsening your grades throughout the rest of the year. The same thing happens in New Year's Resolutions; You start going to the gym at first. Although, gradually, you give up. So, how can you stick to the productive habits you're so motivated about at the beginning.

Charles Duhigg teaches how to succeed in transforming habits. He explores how habits work and provides a formula for creating a successful long-term habit: Cue + Routine + Reward = Habit

He comprehensibly explains the formula and teaches us how to make efficient use of it.

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The sooner you start reading one of these books, the sooner you will go down the path of enlightenment. Before reading Mihaly's Flow, I was just another careless and lazy student at my school. Nowadays, I regret not finding and reading the book earlier, at least before high school.

Michael Kharadze
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Michael Kharadze is an aspiring software engineer from Tbilisi, Georgia. He is also passionate about writing.