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Teasing out the hype from the help
Acacia C Parks Ph.D.
In this uncertain time, where many experience new heights of anxiety, it is important to learn new skills for coping with anxiety quickly, before anxiety becomes “the new normal."
In a sea of self-help websites that are out to get your money any way they can, how do you spot a self-help website that is ethically responsible and science-based?
Want to increase your happiness, but only have 5 minutes a day to spend on it? No problem! Dr. Parks describes her favorite 3 ways to give your mood a boost.
Research can show whether or not a self-help approach "works." Here are some examples of my own research where we have done just that.
Exploring the characteristics of people using happiness-based self-help.
New data contradicts previous research saying that valuing happiness prevents you from becoming happier.
Musings about loss and post-traumatic growth in the wake of a recent death in the positive psychology community.
Dr. Parks talks about why trying to learn from someone else's inspirational story is kind of like making your chicken wear a sweater.
Testimonials are more than a way to sell a product - they actually help the consumer to benefit from that product.
A recent study showing that how we feel about the time we spend - and whether or not it's wasted - depends on how we spend it.
Dr. Parks discusses her three favorite self-help books and helps readers figure out which one might be best for them.
A reader writes in to ask whether it's crazy to feel helped by a self-help author whose advice might be ... well ... crazy. Dr. Parks explains why the reader is not, in fact, off his/her rocker.
When it comes to happiness, can we ever really determine "what works"? This blog post explores the importance of person-activity fit; a bad match could render the activity ineffective, or worse, harmful!
Acacia Parks, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist at Happify and previously a professor of psychology at Hiram College,
Taking a critical look at self-help: What works, what doesn't, and what does more harm than good.