Ten Myths In Popular Psychology

Skeptic Magazine has run a recent article where they lay bare 10 myths is popular psychology.  The myths are:

  1. We only use 10% of our brains
  2. It’s better to express anger than to hold it in
  3. Low self-esteem is a major cause of psychological problems
  4. Human memory works like a video camera
  5. Hypnosis is a unique “trance” state differing in kind from wakefulness
  6. The polygraph test is an accurate means of detecting lies
  7. Opposites attract
  8. People with schizophrenia have multiple personalities
  9. Full moons cause crimes and madness
  10. A large proportion of criminals successfully use the insanity defense

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~ by barrycull on March 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “Ten Myths In Popular Psychology”

  1. Recently, a book was published about many popular psychology myths. Amazon sent me a link to it through email, and while it looks fun to peruse, I’m sure I came across many of them through courses. It may be worth taking a look at, though!

    http://www.amazon.com/Great-Myths-Popular-Psychology-Misconceptions/dp/1405131128

    • Thanks for your comment “justcaptivating”. The article in Skeptic is in fact an excerpt from the book to which you provided the link.

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