WILLIAM MILLER, A RESEARCHER in the alcohol-treatment
field, wanted to find out what kind of treatment would work best
for controlling problem drinking. He divided his experimental
subjects into two groups and tested the treatment group with
a variety of methods, including Antabuse (a drug that makes you
sick if you drink) and counseling.
That was the treatment group. But researchers
always need a control group when they test the effectiveness
of a therapy. They need a baseline of results to compare to the
results of the experimental group. The control group was merely
given a short self-help manual and told to read it and do their
Many of the treatments worked very well.
But, Miller says, To our amazement, people in the control
group did just as well as the treatment group. They thought
maybe they had flubbed the study somehow, so they repeated it
and got the same results. Still skeptical, they repeated the
experiment again and, once again, they got the same results.
People who simply took a short self-help
book home were just as capable of moderating their drinking as
those who received the expensive and more extensive treatment.
Much of the most effective part of therapy
is simply convincing clients to change and telling them how,
which is of course something the therapist could put in a book.
The changes you make in your life have to be made by you.
Even good therapy is largely dependent on the clients self-help.
Practical written advice can be as effective
as the most expensive help you can find because the two ways
to improve your life are:
1. do something different
2. think something different
AND WRITTEN MATERIAL can help you accomplish
both of those. All you need is a little motivation, and a book
can furnish you with that too.
This book you now have in your hands may
look inert. It may seem commonplace and ordinary. But it can
really help you change your life! Use the ideas. Improve your
actions and the way you think. Use it as a spur to your own motivation.
You can make your life better no kidding. Are you interested?
Make your life better by reading