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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304310903576341
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You have to learn these lessons sometime: persuasion and therapeutic power relations in bestselling relationship manuals

ERA Journal ID34681
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHazleden, Rebecca
Journal TitleContinuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Journal Citation24 (2), pp. 291-305
Number of Pages15
Year2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1030-4312
1469-3666
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10304310903576341
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10304310903576341
Abstract

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.

Keywordscodependency; power; relationships; self-esteem
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
360203. Professional writing and journalism practice
500107. Professional ethics
500311. Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
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Byline AffiliationsPublic Memory Research Centre
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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