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 that empathetic therapy is often helpful to people in emotional distress, there is no evidence that licensed psychologists or psychiatrists are any better at performing therapy than minimally trained laypeople. Nor are psychologists or psychiatrists any better at predicting future behavior than the average person--a disturbing conclusion when one contemplates the influence such "experts" have on the U.S. judicial system. While other books have criticized the psychologizing of our society, none has been so sweeping or so convincingly argued. This book raises such important societal issues that all academic and public libraries have a duty to make a permanent place for it on their shelves.
- Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, Wash.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
How does Dawes expect "incompetent" practitioners to read this vicious indictment and "see the light? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul T
Robyn Mason Dawes (1936-2010) was an American psychologist with the Oregon Research Institute, who wrote other books such as Rational Choice in an Uncertain World: The Psychology... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Steven H Propp
There are numerous typos in the text. Inexplicably I keep finding a dollar sign ($) between words. While Dawes book is well worth reading (I read the hard copy when it came out in... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Fr Gregory
Very good and clever thinking about pseudopsychology and self help industry madness today. Recommended! Esspecialy for people looking for real help.Published on June 13, 2013 by Darko Tadic
I cannot help comparing it with the British version, which was excellent. This does not come anywhere near that versionPublished on February 27, 2013 by Albert Low
Robyn Dawe's book is an insightful piece of work that should be in a psychotherapist's library. The book covers a number of important topics. While I did not agree with all of Dr. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Ralph Fretz
Dawes clearly has an ax to grind with clinical psychology. Ego and status are what motivate this book. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by AGreenSF
The book was very well researched and enlightening. It helps people to realize that psychology is not science, but actually nothing more than a lose collection of fads. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Trousers
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... Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Baraniecki Mark Stuart