50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology : Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior, Paperback Book

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology : Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior Paperback

Part of the Great Myths of Psychology series

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping students and laypersons to distinguish science from pseudoscience. * Uses common myths as a vehicle for exploring how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology * Explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as 'opposites attract', 'people use only 10% of their brains', and 'handwriting reveals your personality' * Provides a 'mythbusting kit' for evaluating folk psychology claims in everyday life * Teaches essential critical thinking skills through detailed discussions of each myth * Includes over 200 additional psychological myths for readers to explore Contains an Appendix of useful Web Sites for examining psychological myths * Features a postscript of remarkable psychological findings that sound like myths but that are true * Engaging and accessible writing style that appeals to students and lay readers alike


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Psychology
  • ISBN: 9781405131124

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Although I usually end up with a dissatisfied feeling when reading a book based on rave reviews, this one was not the case. It provides much needed corrective to some of the fuzzy thinking that pervades modern culture, particularly in the area of popularized psychology. He deals with the 50 myths one by one, and also provides a great many more related myths with the pertinent information in a shorter bit at the end of each chapter. Should be required reading for all people in professions that routinely invoke ideas of popular psychology, particularly for those doing motivational speaking.

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A bit dry but informative

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People only use ten percent of their brains.Playing Mozart with make a developing fetus turn into a smart child.Students learn best when teaching styles match their learning styles.There’s safety in numbers and opposites attract.Those who confess to crimes are almost always actually guilty.Shock therapy is brutal and hurts the patient.These are popular perceptions of psychology in the everyday world and media. They are presented in television shows, movies, self-help guides, popular best-selling books, and proverbs. Most people, even college-educated people, believe these things to be true. But psychological research does not bear them out. Lilienfeld takes these and 43 other commonly-held perceptions about the mind the personality and presents the distinctions between scientific fact and mass media fiction. He helps his readers gain tools in critical thinking about media and science, understand the major features of psychological research from the last 50 years, and gain a fuller understanding of how the mind really works.This would be an excellent supplement for freshmen psychology courses or for anyone hoping to know a little more about the fact behind some of these widely-held truisms.

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