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Comment author: Lumifer 09 December 2016 06:49:58PM 0 points [-]

The self-help industry (as well as, say, gyms or fat farms) mostly sells what I'd call "willpower assists" -- motivation and/or structure which will push you to do what you want to do but lack sufficient willpower for.

Comment author: MrMind 12 December 2016 08:20:22AM 0 points [-]

To the extent that this is true, I would say that they are failing abismally.

Comment author: Lumifer 12 December 2016 03:45:03PM 2 points [-]

You're a bit confused: they are selling willpower assists, but what they want is to get money for them. They are not failing at collecting the money, and as to willpower assists turning out to be not quite like the advertisements, well, that's a standard caveat emptor issue.

Comment author: MrMind 13 December 2016 04:22:02PM 0 points [-]

Ha, you're absolutely right!