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

Author: Scott O Lilienfeld; Steven Jay Lynn; John Ruscio; Barry L Beyerstein
Publisher: Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
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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  Read more...
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Lilienfeld, Scott O.
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology : Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott O Lilienfeld; Steven Jay Lynn; John Ruscio; Barry L Beyerstein
ISBN: 9781444360745 1444360744
OCLC Number: 778339358
Notes: Myth #34 Most People Who Were Sexually Abused in Childhood Develop Severe Personality Disturbances in Adulthood.
Description: 1 online resource (625 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Series; About the Authors; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 BRAIN POWER; Myth #1 Most People Use Only 10% of Their Brain Power; Myth #2 Some People Are Left-Brained, Others Are Right-Brained; Myth #3 Extrasensory Perception (ESP) Is a Well-Established Scientific Phenomenon; Myth #4 Visual Perceptions Are Accompanied by Tiny Emissions from the Eyes; Myth #5 Subliminal Messages Can Persuade People to Purchase Products; 2 FROM WOMB TO TOMB; Myth #6 Playing Mozart's Music to Infants Boosts Their Intelligence. Myth #7 Adolescence Is Inevitably a Time of Psychological TurmoilMyth #8 Most People Experience a Midlife Crisis in 8 Their 40s or Early 50s; Myth #9 Old Age Is Typically Associated with Increased Dissatisfaction and Senility; Myth #10 When Dying, People Pass through a Universal Series of Psychological Stages; 3 A REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST; Myth #11 Human Memory Works like a Tape Recorder or Video Camera, and Accurate Events We've Experienced; Myth #12 Hypnosis Is Useful for Retrieving Memories of Forgotten Events; Myth #13 Individuals Commonly Repress the Memories of Traumatic Experiences. Myth #14 Most People with Amnesia Forget All Details of Their Earlier Lives4 TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS; Myth #15 Intelligence (IQ) Tests Are Biased against Certain Groups of People; My th #16 If You're Unsure of Your Answer When Taking a Test, It's Best to Stick with Your Initial Hunch; Myth #17 The Defining Feature of Dyslexia Is Reversing Letters; Myth #18 Students Learn Best When Teaching Styles Are Matched to Their Learning Styles; 5 ALTERED STATES; Myth #19 Hypnosis Is a Unique "Trance" State that Differs in Kind from Wakefulness. Myth #20 Researchers Have Demonstrated that Dreams Possess Symbolic MeaningMyth #21 People Can Learn Information, like New Languages, while Asleep; Myth #22 During "Out-of-Body" Experiences, People's Consciousness Leaves Their Bodies; 6 I'VE GOT A FEELING; Myth #23 The Polygraph ("Lie Detector") Test Is an Accurate Means of Detecting Dishonesty; Myth #24 Happiness Is Determined Mostly by Our External Circumstances; Myth #25 Ulcers Are Caused Primarily or Entirely by Stress; Myth #26 A Positive Attitude Can Stave off Cancer; 7 THE SOCIAL ANIMAL. Myth 27 Opposites Attract: We Are Most Romantically Attracted to People Who Differ from UsMyth #28 There's Safety in Numbers: The More People Present at an Emergency, the Greater the Chance that Someone Will Intervene; Myth #29 Men and Women Communicate in Completely Different Ways; Myth #30 It's Better to Express Anger to Others than to Hold It in; 8 KNOW THYSELF; Myth #31 Raising Children Similarly Leads to Similarities in Their Adult Personalities; Myth #32 The Fact that a Trait Is Heritable Means We can't change it; Myth #33 Low Self-Esteem Is a Major Cause of Psychological Problems.

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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.

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"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 Read more...

 
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