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A Scientific Look At Self Help Books

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Published on July 31, 2008

Author: mbritt

Source: slideshare.net

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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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Why Do Self Help Books Drive Scientists Crazy?

#1: Make Outlandish Claims (with no supporting evidence)

#1:

Make Outlandish Claims

(with no supporting evidence)

#2: Depend on Testimonials and Anecdotes

#2:

Depend on Testimonials

and Anecdotes

#3: Claim that: “ Everything Happens for a Reason”

#3:

Claim that:

“ Everything Happens for a Reason”

#4: Solutions are Too Simplistic

#4:

Solutions are Too Simplistic

#5: Claims are Not Falsifiable

#5:

Claims are Not Falsifiable

#6: Book Contains No References Or Citations

#6:

Book Contains No References

Or Citations

#7: Claims Are Not Measurable

#7:

Claims Are Not Measurable

#8: Potential to Blame The Victim

#8:

Potential to Blame The Victim

#9: Appeal to Authority

#9:

Appeal to Authority

#10: Ordinary Advice Wrapped in Flowery Language

#10:

Ordinary Advice

Wrapped in Flowery Language

#11: “ Snake Oil” Appearance

#11:

“ Snake Oil” Appearance

#12: Mis-Represent Psychology

#12:

Mis-Represent Psychology

#13: Over-Emphasize the Role Of Your Thoughts

#13:

Over-Emphasize the Role

Of Your Thoughts

#14: Claim that Positive Thinking Alone Can Cure Serious Mental Illness

#14:

Claim that Positive Thinking

Alone Can Cure Serious Mental Illness

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