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5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense approaches are all too common but may not make sense!, 22 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change (Paperback)
Unlike the previous reviewer, I found this book fascinating.

Yes the "story editing" approach has much in common with REBT and CBT, but the point is that those techniques have failed to take hold in the world outside the psychologist's consulting rooms. Instead, too often, individuals and organisations rely, and spend thousands of pounds, on "common sense" approaches to social and psychological problems without ever ascertaining their effectiveness. In the cases where it turns out that these interventions have no effect at all, then at least the damage is only financial, but the author also highlights instances where "common sense" approaches may have done more harm than good. The irony, as the author points out, is that the techniques that do work are often quicker and much cheaper.

The argument for randomised control trials seems to me to be worth making. Many of the people tasked with spending what is often public money on these programmes won't have had any training in how to spot snake oil. If this book prompts a few of them to ask whether and how an intervention has been evaluated before they sign the cheque, then it will have done something very worthwhile.

Unless you are a practising psychologist or a very recent psychology graduate, I guarantee that you will learn something new and interesting from this book and that the process will be quite painless!
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