Test Case

A self-help book editor uses what she learns at work and in life to help herself.

Melissa Kirk is a writer and editor who works as an acquisitions and developmental editor at New Harbinger Publications, a self-help psychology publisher in Oakland, CA. 


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About Test Case

I joke sometimes that, with my job as a self-help editor, I should be the sanest person in the world. But, I still struggle, as we all do, with life events that cause pain or confusion and with mood and anxiety issues that I've had since childhood. This blog is meant to explore the links between self-help and actual self-change; how change happens, what happens when it doesn't, and even suggestions for things the self-help industry seems to be ignoring about the human mind. Here, we will explore what happens when the self-help rubber meets the road of the human mind.

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