Evaluating Self-Help: Strategy #5 – Problems have multiple causes and solutions


Dr. Norcross has asked us to go beyond the”glitzy” cover and the advertising claims, to separate real scientific evidence from the misleading research terminology and now: 5. Select materials that recognize problems are caused by a number of factors and have multiple solutions.

  • Problems are complicated.  There isn’t ONE simple explanation and there isn’t one simple solution.  A simple cause and a quick, simple solution are very appealing because then changing seems more possible, more within my grasp.
  • Beware of oversimplified solutions to long-standing, complex problems.  
  • Effective Self-Help will offer multiple strategies with many skills for your change toolbox.

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