50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Shattering Widespread by Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio, et al.John

By Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio, et al.John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|Wiley||Wiley-BlackwellAdult NonfictionPsychologyLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 21.01.2010Street date: 15.09.2011

50 nice Myths of well known Psychology makes use of renowned myths as a automobile for supporting scholars and laypersons to differentiate technological know-how from pseudoscience.

  • Uses universal myths as a automobile for exploring how you can distinguish actual from fictional claims in well known psychology
  • Explores themes that readers will relate to, yet frequently misunderstand, reminiscent of 'opposites attract', 'people use in simple terms 10% in their brains', and 'handwriting unearths your character'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting package' for comparing folks psychology claims in daily life
  • Teaches crucial severe pondering talents via designated discussions of every delusion
  • Includes over two hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of important websites for analyzing mental myths
  • Features a postscript of exceptional mental findings that sound like myths yet which are real
  • Engaging and available writing sort that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

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But in this case, observers’ eyes fooled them. As science historian Daniel Boorstin (1983) noted: Nothing could be more obvious than that the earth is stable and unmov-ing, and that we are the center of the universe. Modern Western science takes its beginning from the denial of this commonsense axiom … Common sense, the foundation of everyday life, could no longer serve for the governance of the world. (p. 1 A diagram from the study by Michael McCloskey (1983). What path will the ball take after exiting the spiral?

We’ll soon see why. As several science writers, including Lewis Wolpert (1992) and Alan Cromer (1993), have observed, science is uncommon sense. , 2002). To understand science, including psychological science, we must heed the advice of the great American humorist Mark Twain, namely, that we need to unlearn old habits of thinking at least as much as learn new ones. In particular, we need to unlearn a tendency that comes naturally to all of us—the tendency to assume that our gut hunches are correct (Beins, 2008).

Alk. paper) 1. Psychology—Popular works. 2. Human behavior. I. , 1960– II. Title: Fifty great myths of popular psychology. A15 2010 150—dc22 2009020179 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ” Sir Karl Popper (1957) PREFACE Psychology is all around us. Youth and old age, forgetting and remember ing, sleeping and dreaming, love and hate, happiness and sadness, mental illness and psychotherapy—for good, bad, and often both, this is the stuff of our daily lives. Virtually every day, the news media, television shows and films, and the Internet bombard us with claims regarding a host of psychological topics—brain functioning, psychics, out-of-body experiences, recovered memories, polygraph testing, romantic relation ships, parenting, child sexual abuse, mental disorders, real crime, and psychotherapy, to name merely a few.

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