House of Cards

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - Psychology - 352 pages
Robin Dawes spares no one in this powerful critique of modern psychotherapeutic practice. As Dawes points out, we have all been swayed by the "pop psych" view of the world--believing, for example, that self-esteem is an essential precursor to being a productive human being, that events in one's childhood affect one's fate as an adult, and that "you have to love yourself before you can love another."
 

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Robyn Dawes excellent book "House of Cards". He's a clinical psychologist, head of the department of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and was motivated to write the book by ... Read full review

House of cards: psychology and psychotherapy built on myth

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Dawes (social and decision sciences, Carnegie Mellon Univ.) presents a strong argument, based on empirical research, that psychotherapy is largely a shill game. He argues that while studies have shown ... Read full review

Contents

New Age Psychology
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Clients as Slaves to Therapists
253
Autonomy and Advice
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