This site provides access to an abundance of articles, vendors, and self-help information on more than two hundred topics. Also included are psychology-relevant quizzes and access to the self-help psychology book entitled "Be Your Own Therapist" by Thayer White. Quizzes on emotional intelligence, gender purity, pop psychology, and job satisfaction can all be found on this site.
Type of Material:
The site consists of mainly text and graphics with numerous links to other topic-related sites. The online quizzes must be graded manually and only minimal explanatory text is provided.
The site is a very good resource center for individuals seeking information on homeopathic remedies/solutions to improving their mental and physical health. In a classroom, it could be useful in a discussion of testing and/or research methodology. It is also an excellent example of "pop psychology". It could be used in a discussion of critical thinking and test interpretation. The merit of the quizzes provided is highly questionable, which could promote a healthy discussion of ethics and the place of psychology in our daily lives.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The site is a resource for information on numerous topics pertaining to mental and physical health and is intended to assist individuals to make informed decisions that might promote healthy changes in their lives. The author claims that the quizzes are designed to promote self growth as one compares their answers to the "healthy" response identified by the author. While the site can be used as a learning tool, this would not be the most appropriate use of the site.
Target Student Population:
The target population includes both young and mature adults.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
With over two hundred topics from which to choose and several links to related sites on each topic there is an abundance of quality information readily available.
The material provided is inadequate to provide a thorough understanding and accurate picture of any of the topics addressed.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The on-line personality and E-IQ tests along with the on-line psychology self help book are good reference sources for students studying cognition, emotion, and psychotherapy.
The validity of the quizzes is questionable.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate. Access quizzes is straightforward and viewing the individual results and comments is simple. Accessing the self help articles from the Personal Health and Self Help Directory is also very easy.
Although listed separately on the site's home page, the link to the self help articles and to the Site Index is the same. One wonders why the two categories are not combined under a common header. The quizzes are not self-scoring. One must compare the "correct" answers with his or her choices.