Chapter 16 of Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding deals with psychotherapy and biological treatments. The authors describe who gets and benefits from psychotherapy along with what psychologists do in their therapy sessions that are effective. One section of the book stated why so many people fall for ineffective therapies. Some therapies, including dolphin therapy, laughter therapy, and treatments for alien abduction and past life trauma, are not scientifically proven to be effective, yet many people still believe in them. Some reasons that the book gives for the success of these treatments are from the natural highs and lows that people have naturally, the placebo effect, and people telling themselves they are better only for the fact that they have spent a lot of time and money on treatment. Statistics show that if something starts bad that it can only go up and remembering past feelings as worse than they actually were, making it seem as though change has happened are also ways that make people believe that ineffective treatments work. There are many different psychotherapy treatments that claim to be natural and effective, but some are just strange treatments that are sometimes effective only by coincidence or by the reasons above. The article, Beware of weird, wacky psychotherapy treatments, attached to this blog entry below describes more about other strange treatments and how the psychologists running the treatments defend the therapies when they go wrong.
Strange Psychotherapies and why they "work". (Chapter 16)
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