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Who Needs A Life Coach?



The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.



Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation conference meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

Guests

Genevieve Smith, writer for Harper's Magazine. Senior editor at New York. (@gvsmith)

Allison Rimm, management consultant and life coach. Author of "The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan For Life." (@allisonrimm)

Dr. David Ley, practicing clinical psychologist. Author of  "The Myth of Sex Addiction" and "Insatiable Wives." (@DrDavidLey)

From Tom's Reading List



Harper's Magazine: 50,000 Life Coaches Can't Be Wrong -"[Life coach] became a punch line, shorthand for all the excesses and narcissism of the self-help industry. In a 2007 episode of The Simpsons, Homer hires a life coach named Colby, voiced by Stephen Colbert, who guides him through a crash landing in a private jet by telling him that he has 'what made America great: no understanding of the limits of your power and a complete lack of concern for what anyone thinks of you.'"

Fast Company: A Look Inside The 'Wild West' Of Life Coaching -- "The word coach comes from athletics, though Coaching Manager co-author Joe Weintraub says that Coach Hire Bishop's Stortford the parallels only go so far: while a basketball coach might scream you toward improving on your problems, a life, business, or career coach will only help you make your better qualities into the best."

Psychology Today: Life Coaches and Mental Illness - "As a psychologist, I'm struck by the shift that such coaching signals for the industry of healthcare. By and large, I think this is a positive trend, emerging in response to need. However, there are important issues to consider, as coaching intersects more explicitly with mental illness."

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