Personal Development

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What's in a name?

Self-help, self-improvement, pop psychology--these are all terms I could have used for this category. But these phrases all have at least a slightly pejorative connotation that I want to avoid. I have chosen the term personal development because it suggests the ongoing processes of learning, change, and adaptation that we all undergo ceaselessly as we experience life.

Offill, Jenny, and Elissa Schappell, eds. The Friend Who Got Away (2005)

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