House of Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth

  title={House of Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth},
  author={Robyn M. Dawes},
  • R. Dawes
  • Published 14 March 1994
  • Psychology
In this book, Robyn Dawes critically examines some of the most cherished clinical assumptions and therapeutic methods now in use. He points out that we have all come under the sway of a "pop psych" view of the world, believing, for example, that self-esteem is an essential precursor to being a productive human being, that events in one's childhood determine one's fate as an adult, and that you have to love yourself before you can love another. Drawing on empirical research, Dawes systematically… 
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