Why do so many unscientific, unverifiable, and sometimes flat-out disproven pop psychology beliefs enter the cultural consciousness and then stay there, firmly attached for what seems like infinity? According to psychologists Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry L. Beyerstein, authors of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, a lot of the worst pop psychology beliefs begin when a psychological study is misinterpreted or taken out of its specific context. From there, inaccurate pop psychological myths are bought and sold in the form of self-help books and groups, or become part of the delightful misadventures of Hollywood narratives. And once they make it to Hollywood, false pop psychology beliefs are here to stay. We love them. We cherish them. We hold onto them even in the face of mounting scientific evidence to the contrary. This list documents the most absurd pop psychology beliefs that persist into the present day. It’s time to educate yourself!
Exposing Babies To Classical Music Makes Them SmarterPhoto: Look Who's Talking Now / TriStar Pictures
Some People Are Right-Brained, Others Are Left-BrainedPhoto: The Man with Two Brains / Warner Bros.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From VenusPhoto: The Break-Up / Universal Pictures
Ulcers Are Directly Caused By StressPhoto: Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Paramount Pictures
Opposites AttractPhoto: Gigli / Sony Pictures Releasing
It’s Unhealthy Not To Express Our AngerPhoto: Inside Out / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures