Self-Help Books Criticised

Dr Petra Boynton (left), the sex and relationship psychologist, provides some useful criticism of self-help books in response to an article in the Guardian Weekend. She points out that the authors of these books are often not qualified in the relevant field, rely on anecdotal evidence rather than the established research and their advice can actually prove harmful.

But there are some good self-help books out there so how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? Check the author’s credentials and read on for Dr Boynton’s suggestions…
Self help or self harm?



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Published: 22 March 2005

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