`` 50 Great Myth Of Popular Psychology : Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior

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In the book, 50 Great Myth of Popular psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior, it is given many scientific evidences to refute several myths that have penetrated our society. Throughout the book, it is described how these myths have been incorporated into society by the media, which offers biased and exaggerated point of views about a wide range of psychological phenomena. Nevertheless, how about if mainstream science is itself biased against anything that sounds too inspirational and somewhat spiritual. Do scientific journals publish everything that knocks their doors? What is the filter threshold? These questions emerged particularly after reading myth 26th from the mentioned book. This chapter argues against the popular believe that positive attitude helps in the cure, treatment, and prevention of cancer. The present paper will respond to this chapter’s argument by reviewing some of the studies that are cited there, as well as, provide other evidences that support the opposite belief.
Chapter 26 starts by asking a question: “Is cancer all about attitude?” (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2009, pp. 129), then it states that if it would be so, self-help book and training in positive attitudes, such as visualization and affirmations would have been already the solution for this global health issue that affects more than 12 million people each year (Lilienfeld et al., 2009). However, people may argue that this is an overgeneralization…

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