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Rational and Irrational BeliefsResearch, Theory, and Clinical Practice$
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Daniel David, Steven Lynn, and Albert Ellis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.001.0001

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The Five Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Implications for Psychotherapy

The Five Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Implications for Psychotherapy

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(p.313) 15 The Five Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Implications for Psychotherapy
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Rational and Irrational Beliefs
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Scott O. Lilienfeld

Steven Jay Lynn

Barry L. Beyerstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.003.0015

This chapter argues that misconceptions concerning the human mind are legion even among highly intelligent and well-educated members of the general public, and that these misconceptions can interfere with effective treatment planning and execution. These misconceptions can impede effective coping with everyday life problems outside of the therapy room and contribute to a search for futile solutions to psychological distress. It is further argued that the best remedy for combating these misconceptions in clinical settings is straightforward: education. Psychotherapists must often do more than administer efficacious treatments. In many instances, they must also function as good teachers of psychology, disabusing their clients of misconceptions concerning the human mind and imparting correct information in its stead.

Keywords:   misconceptions of the mind, coping, psychotherapy, psychology

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