This is where I think there’s a lot of room for debate.
- What is failure? The success rates of everything in self-improvement is very low compared to what you want (100%). But very high compared to what you’d accomplish on your own. But that’s the nature of behavior change. Most of it isn’t 100% successful, and yet, many of us improve as people every year. So something is working! You’re not doing this, but I’m very sensitive to people dismissing interventions and only giving high failure rate as evidence. You grow by trying multiple things repeatedly — that’s how we get past the failure rates.
- What’s failing so spectacularly that this is an issue? I’m semi-aware that there’s a lot of snake-oil in cancer treatment. But I don’t really run into very much that I would consider harmful. The popular stuff seems to have the same margin of error.