Selvhjælpslitteraturens Paradoks

Michelle Andersen Snitgaard, Clara Lisa Lærke Grønskov Keldebæk, Elisabeth Aaskov, Mélanie Figueiredo Evers, Sabrina Thomsen & Neel Wismann Larsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates the tendencies behind the popular phenomenon of self-help literature. The individual of the late modern society is known to be held responsible for its own happiness and wellbeing, which has resulted in a society filled with an urge for constant development. Self-help literature works as an answer to the individual’s question of how to keep improving and moving forward, as standing still is seen as a problematic characteristic within society. The study is based on the theses of the Danish psychologist and writer, Svend Brinkmann, who believes that the individual should “stand still” instead of following the standard that says that it should aspire to move forward at all times. The study investigates the theses of Brinkmann’s book “Stå fast”, and his sociological and philosophical background. Furthermore, Brinkmann’s discourses concerning society and self help literature is accounted for. The study then takes a closer look on three different self-help books, based on an analysis of the discourses in the books. The investigation of the theses and the self-help books is based on the fact, that the study wishes to question Brinkmann’s theses, and thereby to contribute to the debate regarding the self-help culture and literature. The study concludes that Brinkmann is partially correct in his theses regarding self-help literature, but can be labelled as part of his own critique.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 jan. 2016
VejledereKasper Risbjerg Eskildsen


  • The Power of Now
  • Seneca
  • Selvudvikling
  • Bauman
  • Sindsro
  • Udvikling
  • Svend Brinkmann
  • Year of Yes
  • Stå fast
  • Stoicismen
  • Selvhjælpslitteratur
  • The Secret
  • Paradoks
  • Giddens