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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

ISBN-10: 1444360744

ISBN-13: 9781444360745

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

  • Uses universal myths as a car for exploring the best way to distinguish authentic from fictional claims in renowned psychology
  • Explores issues that readers will relate to, yet frequently misunderstand, equivalent to 'opposites attract', 'people use basically 10% in their brains', and 'handwriting unearths your character'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting equipment' for comparing people psychology claims in daily life
  • Teaches crucial serious pondering abilities via precise discussions of every delusion
  • Includes over two hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of invaluable sites for studying mental myths
  • Features a postscript of exceptional mental findings that sound like myths yet which are real
  • Engaging and obtainable writing sort that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

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The late Barry L. Beyerstein was Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and chair of the British Columbia Skeptics Society. He was co-editor of The Write Stuff (1992), Associate Editor of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, and co-authored many art icles in the Skeptical Inquirer and professional journals. Dr. Beyerstein was a member of the Advisory Board of the Drug Policy Foundation (Washington, DC) and a founding board member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy (Ottawa, Ontario).

97). (2) Psychological myths can cause indirect damage. Even false beliefs that are themselves harmless can inflict significant indirect harm. Economists use the term opportunity cost to refer to the fact that people who seek out ineffective treatments may forfeit the chance to obtain much-needed help. For example, people who believe mistakenly that subliminal self-help tapes are an effective means of losing weight may invest a great deal of time, money, and effort on a useless intervention (Moore, 1992; see Myth #5).

For each myth, we discuss its prevalence in the general population, illustrative examples from the wide world of popu lar psychology, its potential origins, and the research evidence bearing on it. Although one of our main goals is mythbusting, we go well beyond merely debunking myths. For each myth, we also discuss what we know to be true regarding each topic, thereby imparting genuine psycholo gical knowledge that readers can take with them and apply to their every day lives. Several of the 50 myths are accompanied by brief “Mythbusting: A Closer Look” boxes that examine a closely allied myth.

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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior 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


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