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As a Black Woman, Self-Help Culture Continues to Let Me Down

Why does an industry designed around becoming a better person ignore my struggle?

Young Black woman touching her eyelid in stress.
Photo: Roy Hsu/Getty Images

I love self-help books. I’m a glutton for overpriced internet seminars promising enlightenment and business smarts. I unironically listen to podcasts that introduce…

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Sondra Rose Marie

Sondra Rose Marie

Neurodivergent queer femme examining the intersection of trauma, love, race, & independence through personal narratives. 🧠🌈🖤http://sondrarosemarie.com

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