The damaging and far-reaching emotional/spiritual consequences of our narcissistic obsession with the self is hardly examined; there is no distinction between practices that fortify the ego and those that weaken it.
Are you looking to be a happier, more productive, more successful person? Are you in the market for self-help? Then the better advice is stop putting so much effort into finding your "authentic" self. Learn to embrace the self as flexible.
There's a huge and powerful difference between positive thinking and taking positive action. Some people will sit in their room, creating positive images and affirmations about wanting a new car. However, they never leave their room.