HELP IS ALL AROUND Needy? Afraid? Lonely? Stupid? Whatever your problem, there is a book to help you solve it. Read on.


It's simple: Men come from Mars, women from Venus and John Gray from the planet Self-Help. Wind blows constantly on ** the planet Self-Help, where the atmosphere is thick with solutions, gravity is mostly absent and no human trouble is beyond the reach of a 10-point program.

Gray is scheduled to visit our world tomorrow for a one-man show at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, but you may visit his planet any time you wish. Step into your local bookstore. There, next to "Psychology" or perhaps in the general vicinity of "Health" is "Self-Help," a planet revolving around a brilliant star: you.

As in "You Can Be Happy No Matter What," and "You Can If You Think You Can," and "You Can Have It All." Because "You Can Make It Happen," "You Can Go Home Again" and, of course, "I'm OK, You're OK."

It's that simple on the planet Self-Help. As simple as one-plus-one or "The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem," "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," "The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make" and "10 Steps to a Great Relationship."

Take your foibles and inadequacies to Self-Help. There's always room for one more in this world where book sales are strong and the market is hungry for answers. Anxiety, anger, loneliness, shyness, panic attacks, worry, procrastination, whatever - there's world enough and time, because time expands and contracts on Self-Help to suit your endlessly fascinating Needs. Learn "How to Stop Worry in One Second," discover "60-Second Stress Management" and "30 Seconds to Emotional Health."

And so, in honor of John Gray's visit, members of the Sun features staff present synopses of Self-Help brought back from visits to the planet both real and imagined.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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