You have to learn these lessons sometime: persuasion and therapeutic power relations in bestselling relationship manuals

Hazleden, Rebecca (2010) You have to learn these lessons sometime: persuasion and therapeutic power relations in bestselling relationship manuals. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24 (2). pp. 291-305. ISSN 1030-4312


Whilst self-help books have recently come under increased academic scrutiny, the power relations in the techniques they use in order to persuade, convince and convert their readers remain largely unexamined. This paper seeks to redress this omission, and examines a selection of bestselling relationship manuals published between 1973 and 2005 for claims to authority and techniques of persuasion. Further, it examines and critiques Rose's dimensions of therapeutic power relations, through the claims authors
make to the right to speak as experts in human relationships and the techniques they use to persuade, co-opt and interpolate the reader into the therapeutic process.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): © 2010 Taylor & Francis. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 06:44
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 01:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: codependency; power; relationships; self-esteem
Fields of Research (FoR): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190302 Professional Writing
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10304310903576341

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