Post # 1
Hypothetically, when you seek out relationship books, how much weight do you give to the author’s credentials? Would you be moved to choose a book written by a PhD over someone with a masters?
What if the book is about deeply troubled relationships?
Oddly enough, I have read some books that were very informative and well put together, written by lay people with zero training in any aspect of psychology. I find that so interesting. There are women who escape their abusers, and as part of their recovery, they educate themselves on everything connected to abuse. Then, they write their stories and share them.
So, would the author’s PhD (in psychology) move you to buy their book in a way an MS would not?
Post # 2
Maybe. But some of the best books are written by ordinary people with no “credentials,” so to speak. It depends if the writer is telling their personal story, offering therapy or a combination of both. If the book was only the author’s personal story their credentials wouldn’t matter to me.
If an author is offering therapy and professional advice like a counselor would then, yes, the credentials would mean a lot more to me.
ETA: I just looked up the credentials of an author whose work has had a huge, positive impact on my life, Melody Beattie, especially her early work. Wikipedia shows her education as high school graduate, wow, didn’t expect that. I love her!
Post # 3
I think I specifically look at the books that are based on research or that have a decent set of reviews on how they’ve helped others – I read John Gray’s two books this year. I also read the following two books that helped me a lot in understanding my past and how it affected my past relationships, ‘Insecure in Love’ by Leslie Becker Phelps and ‘Don’t settle, how to marry the Man you were meant for’ by Scott Caroll’ both authors seem well educated but I think at the time, I just chose them because they were well reviewed or my therapist recommended them to be.
Weirdly, if I watch a TEDX talk on a topic – I’ll then go ahead and look for the book by the same person – and find it fascinating.
Post # 4
They don’t really matter for me. I tend to follow specific people. Some have bachelor’s degrees and others have doctorates, but they’re my favorite authors. I’m always astounded by what they say, but I wouldn’t say the Ph.D. is wiser and/or more prophetic than the B.S. Everyone has deep, relatable advice, and I appreciate that more than how many years they spent in college. XD
But then again, relationship advice and words of wisdom books that I seek out don’t need to be a Ph.D. level of genius. I’m just an ordinary girl looking for advice that feels fulfilling.
Post # 5
I’m closing this thread now as it is against the TOS.