- Paperback: 548 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second edition (October 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462517897
- ISBN-13: 978-1462517893
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), where he is Director of the Psychological Clinic. He has published more than 300 articles, books, and book chapters on topics including psychotherapy, hypnosis, science versus pseudoscience, psychopathology, and memory, and his research is widely cited in the media. Dr. Lynn is Founding Editor and Editor of the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Consciousness. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
Jeffrey M. Lohr, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where he has been on the faculty since 1975. His research interests include affective processes in anxiety and related disorders and pseudoscience in applied and clinical psychology. In the latter domain, he focuses primarily on the empirical analysis of treatment efficacy and the promotion of "fringe" treatments, especially as they relate to trauma and anxiety disorders. Dr. Lohr is Associate Editor of The Behavior Therapist.
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This edition includes two new chapters on child-focused issues (attachment & antisocial behavior), and pseudoscience used with children is especially disturbing. The second section of the book (Overarching Controversies in Psychological Treatment) was also very troubling to read, as it even challenged some institutions, practices, and psychologists that I have always respected.
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As usual professor Lilienfield and his colleges debunk myths of popular psychologies, Teaches about critical thinking its importance and how distinguish a science from pseudoscience
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