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50 Great Myths Psychology (Great Myths of Psychology)


50 Great Myths Psychology (Great Myths of Psychology)

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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

"It offers fascinating examples of how science works, supports critical thinking, and counters some of the pseudo–science circulating in popular culture ... The book is fully reference and has recommendations for further reading. The authors are all well–respected professors of psychology at leading universities in the US and Canada." (The Market, 1 January 2012)"Written in an accessible and entertaining style, the book examines a wide range of myths from all areas of psychology. . . Accordingly, the book is a much–needed antidote to the avalanche of misinformation that masquerades as psychology and should be required reading for anyone with a passing interest in psychology or, for that matter, the human condition." (Department of Psychology, 1 June 2011)"It should appeal to educators and students alike. It is written in a clear, lively and often humorous manner. I enjoyed revisiting discussions of some old favourites and realised being introduced to some new myths along the way. The real message of the book are in promoting the value of applying scientific reasoning to everyday problems, and that things are not necessarily true, just because someone says so. This is an excellent vehicle for illustrating why science is important and how science works ... This book would suit educators involved in study skills and critical thinking courses who might be looking for some new angles with which to update or spruce up their courses." ( Psychology, Learning and Teaching , November 2010)"I love 50 Great Myths and used it in my winter seminar.  This should be on every psychologist′s shelf." ( Dartmouth Alumni Magazine , October 2010)"This is a refreshing and fun look at many of the concepts that have been accepted as fact by our popular culture." ( Book End Babes , September 01, 2010)"At the end of each sub–section covering an individual myth is a list of anti–factoids about related matters and their factual antidotes. By this means a considerable range of topics is covered." ( Education Review , July 2010)"Maybe we should pay more attention to books like50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Nature. The four psychology professors who authored this enlightening book are up against the roughly 3,500 self–help titles, a lot of them based on false premises, that are published in the U.S. every year." (Poe′sDeadly Daughters,April 2010)Scott Lilienfeld and his teamhave a history in delving into the dark myths of science, and pseudoscience.They are back. As with their other works, these authors manage to write well for ease of reading so many facts, and do so with their characteristic humor and cutting edge science. This book is [an] illumination, and vital reading for professionals and even laymen.( Metapsychology , June 2010)"Who should read this book? Anyone interested in psychology and or the scientific method.  The book is written in an easy to read fashion, is well referenced and includes a wide array of topics.  The book teaches the value of critical thinking, and tells us its all right to question authority. In conclusion,50 Great Myths of Popular Psychologyis a must read for psychology majors, therapists and anyone who wishes to gain knowledge about the diverse field of psychology.  I wish this book was available when I was studying psychology in college." ( Basil & Spice(Jamie Hale), May 2010)"Popular psychology is a prolific source of myths. A new book does an excellent job of mythbusting:50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology . Some myths I had swallowed whole and the books carefully presented evidence made me change my mind. They cover 50 myths in depth, explaining their origins, why people believe them, and what the published research has to say about the claims. Everything is meticulously documented with sources listed. The authors have done us a great service by compiling all this information in a handy, accessible form, by showing how science trumps common knowledge and common sense, and by teaching us how to question and think about what we hear. I highly recommend it." (Dr. Harriet Hall forSkeptic Magazine , February 2010,,November 2009)" 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychologyis written in an engaging style and is valuable for both professionals and the general public. I highly recommend it." ( Skeptical Inquirer , February 2010)"Delightful and important book ... .This is a fine tool for teaching critical thinking.50 Great Myths of Popular Psychologyis much more than an entertaining put–down of popular misconceptions. Any psychologist can put [this book] to good use. Certainly teachers can use it as a supplement to aid in teaching critical thinking and to suggest ideas for research on other myths.We can give it to family members and friends who are curious about what psychology has to contribute and might themselves engage in some myth busting." ( PsycCritiques , January 2010)"If you are familiar with other books by the same authors, you know that the writing style is incredibly engaging and easy–to–read, making the book accessible to those with little knowledge of psychology and well as those with considerable education in the field. While we certainly won′t stop combating clinical psychology myths here at PBB, it′s always exciting to come across like–minded folks also providing valuable material!" ( Psychotherapy Brown Bag , October 2009)" 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychologyis a fascinating book, and while reading, I cheered the authors on. If you have questioned science as some of us have, this book will reassure you that your thinking was perfectly logical and correct. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology clarifies things about which I have always wondered, but never challenged. Myths about aging, memory, learning, emotions and motivation, and mental illness are among the subjects covered.  The reading is enlightening, refreshing and interesting.You dont have to be a Ph.D, or even a student of psychology to enjoy this book.  Its is written in language all can understand and the information is easily digested." ( Basil & Spice , October 2009)"Scott Lilienfeld and his coauthors explore the gulf between what millions of people say is so and the truth. Some of these myths are just plain fascinating." ( US News and World Report , October 2009)

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  • PDF | 354 pages
  • LILIENFELD(Author)
  • John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • English
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  • By Jasonín d'Asturies on 19 March 2014

    This was an enjoyable light read, great for the train or the bus. I was not always convinced by the myth-busting, since too definitive a "bust" comes across as just as shallow as too definitive a "myth". Good entertaining stuff though and a great tool for sceptics.

  • By Marc on 6 January 2014

    If you like facts this is a book for you. It's a de-bunkers book and you can infuriate your friends by 'shooting down in flames' many of those wrongly held psychology myths!

  • By Gordon Ross on 6 December 2011

    "Opposites attract", "you only use 10% of your brain", and "people are more depressed on Mondays" are just some of the myths that people accept as fact, when they are in fact totally false. This book debunks some of the popular misconceptions about human behavior that are in circulation, and shows that fact is far more interesting than fiction. This book is aimed at psychology students and anyone interested in psychology and behavior. It offers fascinating examples of how science works, supports critical thinking, and counters some of the pseudo-science circulating in popular culture.This book presents scientific evidence disproving a variety of myths that seem like they ought to be true, and explains why people fall prey to such falsehoods. The book tackles psychological myths about brain power, learning, perception, feelings, memory, mood, mental illness and more.The book has a postscript of psychological findings that are strange but true, such as the behavioral study with pigeons, where they were successfully taught to distinguish between the paintings of Monet and Picasso! Or the study that shows that dogs do resemble their owners! Fact not fiction!The book is fully referenced and has recommendations for further reading.The authors are all well respected professors of psychology at leading universities in the US and Canada.

  • By Antony Bartlett on 28 July 2010

    An informative and enjoyable read - somehow those pages just kept on turning. Well argued and well referenced (unobtrusively). Now I'm noticing these myths as they crop up in everyday life.

  • By Mr. Barry Keylock on 11 October 2011

    Contains thoroughly researched mini-topics that dispel many current misunderstandings. Provides good material for starting discussions, both in the classroom or at a dinner party.

  • By PETER on 4 July 2013

    The authors in this book discuss and debunk 50 commonly held misconceptions about the human mind and psychology and have done an excellent job at setting these at explaining these. As a general reader, I found the topics interesting and insightful without being to heavy on theory.It is a good counterweight against many of the baseless psychological claims that are out there.

  • By Hwratty on 5 May 2012

    I bought this for my daughter. She says it is useful in her studies offering differnt ideas to extend her understanding of this topic,

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