RealClearScience has an article on long standing popular psychology myths. The language is a bit loose, implying that professional psychologists might hold these, but I think they’re definitely pervasive among the public.
Psychology is rife with misinformation and falsehoods. And sadly, the vast majority of them show no signs of vacating popular culture.
In 2009, Scott Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyerstein assembled a compendium of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, then proceeded to dispel each and every one of them. Their book was a triumph of evidence and reason.
Using 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology as a guide, we’ve created a list of 10 of the biggest psychological myths. Don’t be ashamed if you believe one, or all, of these.
My only beef with this article is that it leaves out the biggest myth of all, that we are something other than our brains.