Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Top Ten Myths of Popular Psychology

SKEPTIC presents the Top 10 Myths of popular psychology:

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 Craziness

10. A Large Proportion of Criminals Successfully Use the Insanity Defense