Some of the treatments are:
- Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing which results in a higher incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder
- Self Help books which suggest that positive thinking will get you want you want (implying that "if you are poor, or if, God forbid, you contract a serious illness - well, it's your own damn fault")
- Bribing kids to read which might work for kids that don't read but actually turns kids who do read off reading
- Just say no to drugs or underage sex; a better way of preventing these is to encourage kids to volunteer
- Getting convicts to scare kids off crime which increases the chance that they will commit crime
- Diversity training
The author's panacea (OK so I was getting a little cynical by this time) for all these is to encourage people to rewrite their inner monologues so that they saw themselves as empowered.
He also emphasises the need for randomised control tests for all such programmes before the politicians spend vast amounts of money on them.
A very readable book which demolishes a lot of shibboleths. Not sure if his message on rescripting lives was quite as clear.
March 2015; 240 pages