Dr. Randy Paterson’s Counter-Intuitive Approach to Self-Help

Psychologist Dr. Randy Paterson is the author of the audiobook How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use. In today’s illuminating conversation he shares a surprising, counter-intuitive approach to self-help — one that can help you to feel happy and move in the direction of a life of contentment.

In his popular audiobook How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, Dr. Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you have a powerful way to reliably increase your happiness.

 

What’s in this episode?

In this episode, Dr. Paterson discusses the unusual technique of flipping the question and asking: “If I wanted to, how would I make myself miserable?” The answer to this question can help you identify ways to break out of old, unhealthy patterns. Surprisingly, valuable insight into how to feel happy can be found by using this unique approach.

Randy J. Paterson, PhD, is director of Changeways Clinic, a private psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, Canada. He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook and Your Depression Map, and he conducts training programs for professionals on evidence-based treatment. Through Changeways Clinic, Paterson presents lectures and workshops internationally on topics including cognitive behavioral therapy and the nature and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. He is the 2008 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Distinguished Practitioner Award. For more information, please visit www.psychologysalon.com.

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