Barry L. Beyerstein, John Ruscio, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology use urban legends as a means to educate the general public about the differences between science and pseudoscience.
• Examines the difficulty of separating fact from fiction in popular psychology by means of well-known myths.
• discusses universal but frequently misunderstood concepts like “opposites attract,” “people only use 10% of their brains,” and “handwriting reveals your personality.”
• Offers a “mythbusting toolkit” for assessing everyday folk psychology claims
• Provides a foundation for critical thinking by dissecting each myth in depth.
• More than two hundred fictitious psychiatric concepts are included.
• Included is a list of resources for further investigating common psychological misconceptions.
• Include a postscript containing unbelievable-sounding yet genuine psychological findings
• Written in a way that both academics and non-specialists may enjoy