[self-help, self-]
the act of providing for or helping or the ability to provide for or help oneself without assistance from others.
Law. the act or right of remedying a wrong, without resorting to legal proceedings.
the acquiring of information or the solving of one's problems, especially those of a psychological nature, without the direct supervision of professionals or experts, as by independent reading or by joining or forming lay groups that are devoted to one's interests or goals.
of or pertaining to a book, article, home study course, or the like, offering an individual information or counseling intended to be personally beneficial or profitable: self-help books on overcoming shyness.


self-helper, noun
self-helpful, self-helping, adjective
self-helpfulness, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
1.  the act or state of providing the means to help oneself without relying on the assistance of others
2.  a.  the practice of solving one's problems by joining or forming a group designed to help those suffering from a particular problem
 b.  (as modifier): a self-help group

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Word Origin & History

1831, from self + help (q.v.). Apparently coined by Carlyle. British Self-Help Emigration Society is attested from 1887.
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Example sentences
Most of those who change their problem drinking do so without treatment of any
  kind, including self-help groups.
Journalists unconstrained by research protocols churn out self-help books that
  focus on select variables that interest them.
Books on leadership, even serious ones, still get shelved with self-help books
  in many bookstores.
There are all these self-help books around that say if you do these five
  things, you'll be a great leader.
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