adam0678: January 2012 Archives

Chapter one of our textbook focused mainly on the reasons why psychology is difficult to define, why psychologists are required to be skeptical, and explaining the dangers of pseudoscience in the practical use of everyday psychology. All three of these points are vital in disproving pseudoscience in popular psychology. Since psychology cannot be strictly defined, there is always room for theories to be proven false--this is why psychologists must be skeptical of blossoming theories that could later prove to be pseudoscience. Although pseudoscience sometimes offers solace or quick-fix solutions to willing believers, it can also be harmful, even deadly. Here are some examples of psychics that claim to speak with departed loved ones,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx0Jt2jnLOQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRc4LkBRjIc&feature=related
when in actuality many of their claims are just generalized inferences that could apply to a variety of different audience members' lives. As you can see, a surprising number of people still believe in the "talents" of these psychics even though they often get debunked on television. These psychic mediums have no idea how they effect the lives of the people they speak to, and that's why even something as seemingly innocuous as pretending to talk to dead people could cause unintended harm.

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