According to the publicity, Out of the Maze “shows how readers can adapt their beliefs and achieve better results in any field”.
“Johnson’s theme is that all of our accomplishments are due to our beliefs: whether we’re confident or insecure, cynical or positive, open-minded or inflexible.”
Rolling my eyes at yet another wodge of reductionist claptrap - try telling a student with a heavy loan and few job opportunities not to be insecure - I searched my library shelves and blew the dust off Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s priceless I Moved Your Cheese, his waggish response to Johnson’s and other self-help books. DB-B might not be the young blade on the back cover any more but the wit hasn’t dimmed one bit.
"Do not be afraid of wrestling with wisdom,” he intones. “If it has been sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop for any considerable length of time, it will probably be slightly malnourished and easily manhandled."
That’s my kind of self-help book.