Name dropped, not endorsements, cited for color, background & verisimilitude
International Coaching Federation
15% of Americans buy coaching services,
who is pretty,
but says nothing new,
but people assess such as trenchant.
Overhanging the market (pre-announcements for “next month”)
46 coaches ready for referrals.
Partnership with an industry trade group.
<quote>[The majority are women] They tend to be in their forties. They tend to have a master’s degree, frequently in some sort of social science. But not always. It might be a business degree or art or something.</quote> attributed to Erik Larson.
‘Let’s go back and forth two to three times in an online written conversation.’ ” There would be some questions, contemplative exercises, a bit of e-nodding. “It helps people move their thinking along.” attributed to Erik Larson
At $30/session that’s ~$100 for answering email tweet-shots.
Not marriage therapy (something vague about how Larson & wife did this and he didn’t like the experience).
Basis & method
No over-arching theme or theory
<quote>“Experts don’t know all that much more than regular people. And they have biases themselves about what they believe.”</quote> attributed to Erik Larson.
Something about a lady in San Francisco who practices Vedic Astrology.
Something about the Air Force.
Replicating the experience experience cheaply & online (in email & tweet response streams).
recreational pharmacology; overdoses, infections, etc.
lots of written output
The 4-Hour Body
The 4-Hour Workweek
The 4-Hour Chef
… lots of self-help books…
Amy Hogg, his secretary & publicist.
<quote>A tall woman with long dark hair, who was wearing a black cocktail dress with a plunging neckline and high-heeled red shoes,</quote>
<quote>His books seem to have a particular resonance for Wired-reading, Clif Bar-eating men—those whose desire to improve their abdominal definition may not be so great that they will subscribe to Men’s Health but who find in Ferriss the promise of heightened braininess complemented by an enviable degree of brawniness. </quote>
<quote>Every generation gets the self-help guru that it deserves</quote>
Others in the Genre
Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich,” 1937.
Norman Vincent Peale, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” 1952.
Stephen Covey, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” “1980s.”
Hating Happiness; Bettina Chang; In Pacific Standard; 2014-09-25.
Teaser: People all over the world are afraid of happiness, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s yet another challenge to the notion that positive thinking can heal all wounds.
tl;dr => a survey of the field threaded through Mohsen Joshaloo’s recent publications.
Mohsen Joshanloo, a post-doc fellow at Chungbuk University in South Korea*
Joshanloo et al. (a lot of authors); Cross-Cultural Validation of Fear of Happiness Scale Across 14 National Groups; In Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; 2013; paywalled; Mohsen Joshanloo, Zarina Kh. Lepshokova, Tatiana Panyusheva, Amerkhanova Natalia, Wai-Ching Poon, Victoria Wai-lan Yeung, Suresh Sundaram, Mustapha Achoui, Ryosuke Asano, Tasuku Igarashi, Saori Tsukamoto, Muhammad Rizwan, Imran Ahmed Khilji, Maria Cristina Ferreira, Joyce S. Pang, Lok Sang Ho, Gyuseog Han1, Jaechang Bae1, Ding-Yu Jiang.
Joshanloo; et al. (a lot of authors); Fragility of Happiness Beliefs Across 15 National Groups; In Journal of Happiness Studies; 2014-07-20; paywalled; Mohsen Joshanloo, Dan Weijers, Ding-Yu Jiang, Gyuseog Han, Jaechang Bae, Joyce S. Pang, Lok Sang Ho, Maria Cristina Ferreira, Melikşah Demir, Muhammad Rizwan, Imran Ahmed Khilji, Mustapha Achoui, Ryosuke Asano, Tasuku Igarashi, Saori Tsukamoto, Sanne M. A. Lamers, Yücel Turan, Suresh Sundaram, Victoria Wai Lan Yeung, Wai-Ching Poon, Zarina Kh. Lepshokova, Tatiana Panyusheva, Amerkhanova Natalia.
Richard Nisbett, Yanjie Su; Culture, Change, and Prediction; In Psychological Science; Volume 12, Number 6; 2001-11; pages 450-456. paywalled
Luo Lu, Robin Gilmour; Culture and conceptions of happiness: individual oriented and social oriented swb; In Journal of Happiness Studies; Volume 5, Issue 3; 2004 pp 269-291; paywalled
Mohsen Joshanloo, Dan Weijers; Aversion to Happiness Across Cultures: A Review of Where and Why People are Averse to Happiness; In Journal of Happiness Studies; Volume 15, Issue 3; 2014-06; pages 717-735; paywalled
Eunkook Suh et al; some study; In American Psychologist; 1998.
Paul. Gilbert, K. McEwan, Gibbons, S. Chotai, J. Duarte, M. Matos; Fears of compassion and happiness in relation to alexithymia, mindfulness, and self-criticism; In Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice; Volume 85, Issue 4; 2012-12; pages 374–390; paywalled
Army expanding mental health program despite research; Gregg Zoroya; In USA Today; 2013-10-07.
Mentions the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness training, of the U.S. Army; a program aimed at reducing post-traumatic stress disorder for U.S. soldiers through positive thinking and optimism.