Self-Help to Self-Improvement
I get the sense that these are narrowly defined to be mutually exclusive, but I am a lumper, not a splitter. Therefore I am going to tackle these two together, rather than as distinct genres. My background was in philosophy. While stimulating, it always left me wanting something a little more applicable in the day-to-day. I have leaned on this (these) genre(s) for all kinds of things, to cope with stress, to challenge my culturally inherited assumptions, even to try to be more social and communicate more effectively.