Many people benefit from promoting self-help as a cure-all for physical and psychological problems. Millions of dollars are made by publishing companies and bookstores each year from the sale of self-help books. Only if earlier books are not successful in fulfilling goals will new books be purchased that promise greater success. The process whereby goals are achieved remains baffling as readers go yet again to self-help displays in search of the latest guide-this one is bound to work.
*From Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen, displayed with special permission. For many more cartoons, please visit Randy’s site @ www.glasbergen.com*
One of the greatest deficiencies of self-help books is their ignoring environmental variables that influence behavior, and not giving guidelines about how to change these factors to achieve desired outcomes.
*From “Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen”, displayed with special permission. For many more cartoons, please visit Randy’s site @ www.glasbergen.com
Navigating the Mindfield, A Guide to Separating Science from Pseudoscience in Mental Health. Edited by Scott O. Lilienfeld, John Ruscio, and Steven Jay Lynn. Pub. By Prometheus Books, 2008.