Every now and then, we close questions pertaining to a single individual as 'self-help' questions. This can be quite confusing to the OP if they do not need the attention of a medical profesional. For example, see this latest question (emphasis mine):
What the point of this forum if we can't ask question about personal behaviour ? I thought psychology applied to people (the subject could be me or someone else doesn't make difference). Must be wrong though. I'll ask how to restore my table next time. For now, I'll go spent a ridiculous amount of money to visit a psycho and satisfy my curiousity as advice. Ridiculous
Second, I feel the self-help close reason is used all too often to close questions just because they are about "the behavior of an individual person", regardless of whether or not the OP is seeking medical help—arguably the main reason this close reason was introduced. Historically, the close reason obtained wider use to allow closing sub-par questions for which no suitable close reason was available. We have one now! I suggest to use 'not framed in cognitive sciences' for these anecdotal and personal questions instead.
Three topics for discussion:
- Do others agree on this?
- How to deal with similar questions that do get closed as 'self-help'?
- Should we perhaps rephrase the 'self-help' close reason to narrow down its scope now that 'not framed in ...' is put in place? Any suggestions?