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Self-help books: Stressed readers or stressful reading?

Consumers of self-help books are more sensitive to stress and show higher depressive symptomatology, according to a new study that recruited 30 participants, half of whom were consumers of self-help books. The team measured several elements of the participants, including stress reactivity (salivary cortisol levels), openness, self-discipline, extraversion, compassion, emotional stability, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms.
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