I enjoy reading essays penned by people who tell is like they see it. Well done article IMHO. JB
“I was going to write this post on ” pop psychology ” but decided that moniker just doesn’t cut it, and the scope is too limited and easy. What we are referring to when we say “pop psychology” is 99% bullshit. Not too hard to see that, if you read 50 of those books and your life still sucks . But for that matter, what passes for “evidence-based” psychology is still probably at least 60% bullshit. I’m going to go beyond bashing the obvious targets that lard up our bookshelves, the self-help books and so forth. I want to target much of what clinical psychology that the public encounters eagerly defines itself as. It’s not “popular” necessarily, but it is awfully self-important and mostly wrong and potentially damaging to the public. Actually, So let’s call it what it is: Bullshit psychology.
The main premise of bullshit psychology is that there is something wrong with you, and you need psychology to fix what’s wrong with you. This is the first premise of bullshit. I want to highlight this premise because all else in bullshit psychology rests on it. You are broken, we will fix you. We, the experts, will provide you the information to fix yourself. Bullshit.”