Busting the Most Common Pop-Psych Myths

There are lots of pop-psych myths going around for decades. Many Americans rely on these beliefs, letting these affect their decisions, way of thinking and even quality of life. But before you let these beliefs into your mind, here are those that you shouldn’t believe right away.

Opposites Attract?
It has always been believed that opposites attract. Because of this widespread notion on attraction, many people have been driven to look for mates that are as different from them as possible. To some extent, this myth is true since people are mostly attracted to people who are different from them, because it’s exciting and thrilling. But it’s very important to note that this is not always the best option for romantic relationships such as marriage. Being too different from your partner in terms of beliefs, personality and attitude can be a cause of breakup. Long-term relationships actually require pairing up with someone who has similar perspective and attitude as you.

Only 10 Percent of the Brains is Used?
Another common psychology myth tells us that we only use 10 percent of the brains and that we have 90 percent untapped potential waiting to be unraveled. People swallow this myth right away as an excuse not to try harder and as to why they are not so intellectually capable. But the truth is that there is no evidence to this theory.

Mozart Music for Genius Babies?
When it comes to parenting, moms-to-be feel like they’re doing their babies a favor by making them listen to classical tunes. It’s because it was promoted that classical music can amp a baby’s intelligence while he’s still inside the womb. It’s no wonder there’s been a boom in products like this. The study that started all this wasn’t even done on babies but on college students who performed better on spatial reasoning test after listening to Mozart’s music for 10 minutes. Even the author of that study finds it incredulous that people would believe that Mozart can turn babies into prodigies.

Low Self-Esteem Equals Psychological Problems?
People have always been encouraged to improve their self-confidence or else they would succumb to psychological problems later in life. Yes, low self-esteem may be a sign of depression or anxiety but it’s not directly the cause of these mental problems. It’s also important to remember that people with extreme confidence or narcissistic personalities can also be at heightened risk of psychological problems.

Lunar Effect?
Remember those old horror stories where the man transforms into a werewolf when the moon is full? The modern version of this is the belief that full moon can set off wacky behavior. Biting dogs, car accidents, murders and suicides have all been linked to a full moon. But experts agree that there is no correlation between the full moon and the erratic behaviors and that every bad thing that happens during a full moon is purely coincidental.

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