Episode 104: Can Positive Affirmations Improve Your Self Esteem?

Can positive affirmations help raise your self esteem? People use daily affirmations and money affirmations to help them feel more confident, build their self esteem and bring positive events into their lives. But do they really work? If not, then what will? We explore these questions in this episode of The Psych Files. [adsenseyu2] We propose that, contrary to popular belief, positive self-affirmations can be useless for some people, even though they may benefit others. They may even backfire, making some people feel worse rather than better. - Wood, et. al, 2009 Affirmations and … [Read more...]

Episode 64: A Scientist Goes Looking for a Self Help Book….

Self Help books: why are there so many out there? How do you choose? Can they cure depression? Help you lose weight? Stop smoking? Can they replace psychotherapy? Find out how to weed out the best self-help book from all the others. Here's a list of the top 14 things that really bother psychologists or any scientists about self-help books. [adsenseyu2] Self Help Books - When NOT to Trust Them Make Outlandish claims with no science to back them up (ex: can cure illnesses and lose weight and stop smoking, etc.). Remember that "Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary … [Read more...]

Episode 46: Thinking Positively – or Running Away from Your Feelings?

What's wrong with thinking positively? Could be a lot (see this recent article The Power of Negative Thinking). Let's take another look at the so-called "power of positive thinking" in this episode of The Psych Files podcast. I'll share some ideas for bringing about more positive events in your life, talk about social comparison theory, and then discuss how important "negative" - that is sad - feelings are in our lives. Those are moments not to run from, but to embrace. Resources For This Episode You might want to check out Oliver Burkeman's book The Antidote. Here's a link to his … [Read more...]