Putting Psychotherapy on the Couch (#S121)
Psychotherapy, says Bernie Zilbergeld, Ph.D., has been oversold and overused. Research suggests that therapy is actually of limited value. The late author of The Shrinking of America and Mind Power points out that individuals seeking personal transformation must be motivated to work hard and make changes for therapy to be effective. Psychological insights and temporary emotional relief do not generally lead to lasting behavioral changes.
Mind Power (#S215)
People who are motivated to transform and improve their lives can do so effectively by harnassing the power of their own minds. The late Bernie Zilbergeld, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Mind Power, suggests a number of techniques -- among them learning to monitor and change negative thought patterns, working with positive memories, visualizing goals, mental relaxation and working with mental advisors.
|"Most self-help books, wisely these days, have exercises in them. They're meant for you to do, not just to glance at. You've got to do these certainly weekly, but for most things you're going to have to do them every day. A lot of people are not willing to put in the effort. If you're not willing to put in the effort, why bother? Why not try to accept it and just move on -- accept that you're never going to be real assertive, you're never going to be a millionaire, you're never going to be thin -- and get on with it?"|