3) Discuss how focusing on the importance of critical thinking would be helpful as one
3) Discuss how focusing on the importance of critical thinking would be helpful as one perused the bookshelves for a helpful, self-guided treatment.
Answer: Answers will vary but should contain at least three of the following for full credit.
--Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. A person needs to focus on the strength of the data for distinguishing between possible treatments, and also needs to remember that anecdotal, personal testimonies are not strong evidence.
--Replicability. Other independent sources should have verified the efficacy of one's claims. Secret knowledge is not usually useful knowledge because it is not connected with other important areas of human behaviour. There needs to be reference citation information given to find the sources of the claims made in the book.
--The author has the credentials and expertise to write on the topic. It is based on scientific/empirical evidence rather than on biased opinion.
--Recognises the complexity of human behaviour. There is not just a “one-size-fits-all” approach or the focus on a single, magic bullet solution to the problem.
--Serious problems require professional help, not self-help. More serious psychological disorders are not going to treated by a self-guided process.
Question ID: Lil 2ce 16.5-3
Page Ref: 665-668
Topic: Why Can Ineffective Therapies Appear to Be Helpful? How We Can Be Fooled