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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior
Narrated by: Walter Dixon
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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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.

  • Explores topics that listeners 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 listeners to explore

©2010 Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Rusio, and Barry L. Beyerstein (P)2017 Gildan Media LLC

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Don’t believe everything you hear/read

While there are some facts/myths I agree with in this there are some that I completely disagree with. I had to read a few of these “myths” in a graduate social work course I am taking and decided to listen to the whole book since it triggered such a strong reaction for me. The narrator also spoke so fast in many parts and I was not the only person that thought so. In other parts the narrator spoke at a normal pace. I thought that maybe I accidentally had the book playing on a fast pace. I’m sure there will be more editions of this text book so in the future editions please narrate at a normal pace.

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Beyond superficial

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is good for anyone that has not read a book in the last 15 years. There were good reviews so maybe this book is just wasn't for me.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

These "widespread misconceptions" are far from widespread. I was hoping to learn something about human behavior, but it seems like the author wanted to make a quick buck by selecting common examples off the internet.

How many people actually believe "The average person only uses 10% of their brain"? Yeah, and a traffic signal only uses 1/3rd of its capacity at one time. Just imagine if it used 100%.

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