A Twitter Thread on Psychomythology or Psychology Myths

A Twitter Thread on Psychomythology or Psychology Myths

Heard about psychomythology? Happy you do, but in case this is a new term to you, welcome to new knowledge. Handle with care, and follow me on Twitter!

A Thread on Psychomythology (Psychology Myths)

Scott O. Lilienfeld was a professor of psychology at Emory University and an advocate for evidence-based treatments and methods within the field. In 2010, he and his colleagues coined psychomythology to address misinformation in psychological practices.

Psychomythology consists of “misconceptions, old wives’ tales, and misleading factoids regarding psychology.” Lilienfield wrote a book, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology which shattered many myths and separated science from pseudoscience.

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology explores our myths around the human brain, such as the percentage and side of the brain in use, the extrasensory and visual perception of some brains and the skill of convincing used in sales.

Many edtech companies aiming at a child’s brain development make a hue and cry around neuroscience and cognitive development starting from the mother’s womb. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology helps break the myths around brain functions related to aging and development.

Do myths around consciousness intrigue you, such as dreams are symbolic and individuals can learn new languages while asleep, or are these paranormal proclamations around “Out-of-Body” experiences when people’s consciousness leaves their bodies? Keep up the intrigue!

The book 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology helped me clarify myths around emotions and motivations. The Polygraph is never an accurate means of lie detection, and happiness is not an outcome of external circumstances. I learn that ulcers are not a manifestation of stress!

I am sure you believe that opposites attract and that men and women have completely disparate ways of communication! You got myth-stricken, fair you evolve. And wait, expressing anger than bottling it up doesn’t help, one of the weirdest myths! 

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology helps you discover myths around personality, and Mental Illness, among others. Suicidal individuals are not always deeply depressed, and psychotherapy is not an absolute means. Get the book to explore the subject in detail, and follow me on Twitter for more THREADS like this!

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