Question 'Wisdom,' Accept Evidence
Earlier this week, we shared "10 of Psychology's Greatest Myths," which came courtesy of Scott Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyerstein's compendium of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology.
In writing the book, Lilienfeld and his co-authors sought to encourage a skeptical way of thinking. Just because something makes intuitive sense and has been repeated and repeated over decades and even centuries, doesn't mean it's backed up with scientific evidence.
"We should be especially skeptical of any sentence that begins with 'Everyone knows that...'" Lilienfeld wrote.
Sometimes, the truth can be harder to believe and less well known than fiction, he continued. To demonstrate his point, Lilienfeld concluded the book with a selection of psychological findings that are difficult to believe, but still true. Here are seven of them.