Wednesday, September 15, 2010

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

"Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior" is one of those rare books that should be in every skeptics library. It is by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio and Barry L. Beyerstein published by Wiley-Blackwell. It is chocked full of factoids and debunks the common notion that psychology is just common sense. Well they hate to burst the bubble, but common sense can be and is often wrong. It will become one of the skeptics most important resources. From the myth of we use only 10% of our brains to police profilers are always right this discloses the reasons for these myths and why they are wrong. One of their last lines I particularly like. "These popular but fallacious beliefs remind us that we need to take our mythbusting skills with us in evaluating all everyday life claims, not just those in psychology. Practicing and honing these skills can yield a useful payoff; better real-world decisions." This is a definite addition to the our skeptics books store and my library, may it be in yours.
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