• Welcome! It’s great to see you. Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life.

    If you'd like to talk with people who know what it's like

Self-help 'makes you feel worse'

A

Apotheosis

Guest
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8132857.stm

Bridget Jones is not alone in turning to self-help mantras to boost her spirits, but a study warns they may have the opposite effect.

Canadian researchers found those with low self-esteem actually felt worse after repeating positive statements about themselves.

They said phrases such as "I am a lovable person" only helped people with high self-esteem.

The study appears in the journal Psychological Science.

A UK psychologist said people based their feelings about themselves on real evidence from their lives.

The suggestion people should "help themselves" to feel better was first mooted by Victorian Samuel Smiles 150 years ago.

His book, called simply "Self Help", sold a quarter of a million copies and included guidance such as: "Heaven helps those who help themselves".

Self-help is now a multi-billion pound global industry.
...........Read More

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/new_wearable_feedbags_let

[YOUTUBE]<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jd4tugPM83c&hl=en&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jd4tugPM83c&hl=en&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>[/YOUTUBE]
 
G

GrizzlyBear

Well-known member
Founding Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2008
Messages
971
[YOUTUBE]<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jd4tugPM83c&hl=en&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jd4tugPM83c&hl=en&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>[/YOUTUBE]
Now, that's one illness I would like to have declared untreatable. I hope to have a relapse soon.
 
intelgal

intelgal

Well-known member
Founding Member
Joined
Mar 17, 2008
Messages
1,413
Location
Yorkshire
I have seen it all....



I could not have thought that being too happy was a problem.... hmmmm

I hope it never gets licensed in the UK


Self help is so hard... when your low self help imo sucks... it has however helped as I have become well.

Just read Heal thy self By Saki santorelli ...
 
G

GrizzlyBear

Well-known member
Founding Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2008
Messages
971
Now, that's one illness I would like to have declared untreatable. I hope to have a relapse soon.
I have been checking out the other videos by The Onion. It seems that some people don't get that they are parodies. Oh my gawd...I think I am going to start posting some of the videos on my journal. :LOL:

This is self-help....I feel just a tiny bit closer to needing some 'Despondex'. Ha ha!
 
R

ramboghettouk

Well-known member
Founding Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2008
Messages
16,801
Location
london
I've met people on the manic side permanently and been happy doesn't make them happy i know a contradiction
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
M Self Help and Mental Health 3
Top