House of Cards

House of Cards

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In this trenchant and witty look at the therapy profession today, the noted psychological researcher Robyn Dawes critically examines some of the most cherished clinical assumptions and therapeutic methods now in use. As he points out, it is commonly believed, for example, that self-esteem is an essential precursor to being a productive human being, that events in one's childhood determine one's fate as an adult, and that "you have to love yourself before you can love another." Through a careful examination of research on these issues, Dawes systematically shows that these commonly held assumptions are largely untrue. Most who suffered unhappy childhoods go on to lead healthy, productive adult lives, and those with little or no self-esteem are still often remarkably effective human beings. He also takes issue with the professed predictive powers of the therapist and he addresses the fraudulent claims of the psychologists who act as expert witnesses, showing that their false expertise presents a real threat to justice in the courtroom.

ISBN: 9780684830919

Published Date: September 1, 1996

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

Page Count: 338

Size: 8.98" l x 6.00" w x 0.87" h