Max Fawcett talks at length on the perils of self-help, and on embracing our flaws:

Dr. Neel Burton argues … [that] the true path to happiness doesn’t lie in thinking positively or mimicking the seven habits of highly effective people but instead in cultivating a greater self-awareness. He believes that our estrangement from that awareness, and our increasingly manic obsession with all things us, represent a departure from our natural instincts as human beings…

We are advised to do everything from improving our table manners to shaving our nether-regions in the circular quest for self-improvement, but we are rarely encouraged to embrace our flaws or to indulge our imperfections … It is our imperfections that make us human, and not the other way around.

Trite, but true. As the best things sometimes are.