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Why Do Self Help Books Drive Scientists Crazy?
<ul><li>#1: </li></ul><ul><li>Make Outlandish Claims </li></ul><ul><li>(with no supporting evidence) </li></ul>
<ul><li>#2: </li></ul><ul><li>Depend on Testimonials </li></ul><ul><li>and Anecdotes </li></ul>
<ul><li>#3: </li></ul><ul><li>Claim that: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Everything Happens for a Reason” </li></ul>
<ul><li>#4: </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions are Too Simplistic </li></ul>
<ul><li>#5: </li></ul><ul><li>Claims are Not Falsifiable </li></ul>
<ul><li>#6: </li></ul><ul><li>Book Contains No References </li></ul><ul><li>Or Citations </li></ul>
<ul><li>#7: </li></ul><ul><li>Claims Are Not Measurable </li></ul>
<ul><li>#8: </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to Blame The Victim </li></ul>
<ul><li>#9: </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to Authority </li></ul>
<ul><li>#10: </li></ul><ul><li>Ordinary Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Wrapped in Flowery Language </li></ul>
<ul><li>#11: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Snake Oil” Appearance </li></ul>
<ul><li>#12: </li></ul><ul><li>Mis-Represent Psychology </li></ul>
<ul><li>#13: </li></ul><ul><li>Over-Emphasize the Role </li></ul><ul><li>Of Your Thoughts </li></ul>
<ul><li>#14: </li></ul><ul><li>Claim that Positive Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Alone Can Cure Serious Mental Illness </li><...
<ul><li>For More Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>In Everyday Life, visit: </li></ul><ul><li>www.The Psych Files.com </li></ul>
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A Scientific Look At Self Help Books

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How can you tell if a self help book is any good? This audio narrated presentation shows you how to use your critical thinking skills to evaluate self help books.

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  • Yeah, agree. On the other hand life is to a large degree art as well. Check out www.solidstatepsychobabble.posterous.com. Its a blog by Dr. Disshum that focusses on the science behind self-help, motivation, productivity and happiness mythologies. I thought it had some really interesting articles.
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  • Yeah, agree. On the other hand life is to a large degree art as well. Check out Solid State Psychobabble - http://solidstatepsychobabble.posterous.com. Its a blog by Dr. Disshum that focusses on the science behind self-help, motivation, productivity and happiness mythologies. I thought it had some really interesting articles.
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  1. 1. Why Do Self Help Books Drive Scientists Crazy?
  2. 2. <ul><li>#1: </li></ul><ul><li>Make Outlandish Claims </li></ul><ul><li>(with no supporting evidence) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>#2: </li></ul><ul><li>Depend on Testimonials </li></ul><ul><li>and Anecdotes </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>#3: </li></ul><ul><li>Claim that: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Everything Happens for a Reason” </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>#4: </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions are Too Simplistic </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>#5: </li></ul><ul><li>Claims are Not Falsifiable </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>#6: </li></ul><ul><li>Book Contains No References </li></ul><ul><li>Or Citations </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>#7: </li></ul><ul><li>Claims Are Not Measurable </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>#8: </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to Blame The Victim </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>#9: </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to Authority </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>#10: </li></ul><ul><li>Ordinary Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Wrapped in Flowery Language </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>#11: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Snake Oil” Appearance </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>#12: </li></ul><ul><li>Mis-Represent Psychology </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>#13: </li></ul><ul><li>Over-Emphasize the Role </li></ul><ul><li>Of Your Thoughts </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>#14: </li></ul><ul><li>Claim that Positive Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Alone Can Cure Serious Mental Illness </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>For More Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>In Everyday Life, visit: </li></ul><ul><li>www.The Psych Files.com </li></ul>
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