Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology: Theoretical integration or product line expansion?
Does combining ACT and positive psychology yield something like a Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Taco Supreme?
Recent interviews with three founders of ACT make little reference to evidence, but a lot of reaching for roles as gurus, not as trainers in an evidence-based therapy.
"Just like positive thinking, advocating self-care has become yet another way to blame women for not fitting into the cheerful, uncomplaining, compliant, utterly in control stereotype that keeps everyone else calm and happy."
After failing to intimidate the rest of the editorial board, one member resigned from the Journal of Health Psychology. I am providing a blind review of a paper submitted by her and encourage her to make the paper publicly available in a repository. I recently joined the editorial board of the Journal of Health Psychology. It […]
Some scientist turn hucksters, making extravagant and seductive claims without sufficient corroborative evidence. Consumers are drawn in and pay the price, often without realizing that they have been had.
A web-based training package promises to turn anyone quickly into a mindfulness trainer, regardless of background or previous training. Promoters of the package claim it is backed by more science than its competitors.
Ellen Langer: genius or quack –or master self-marketer? Another lesson we need to be wary of trustworthiness and authority established by awards or celebrity status. We need to be skeptical of the publicity machines that confer celebrity status on “scientists.’ We need to be skeptical about scientists who gather such recognition. It could be just […]
Psychologists get continued education credit for learning quack methods of mind control over aging and cancer
The scandal of useless and even harmful continued education credit Psychologists can get continued education credit for completing an online test concerning Ellen Langer’s book, Counterclockwise. The book explains how to reverse aging and fight cancer by getting people immersed in an earlier time by listening to older music and watching old television programs. Psychologists […]
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