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Why Fall for Pseudo Sciences

Updated on August 13, 2012

How we Fall for Pseudo-sciences

Change is a process that many people seek and fail. Hundreds of books, seminars, and counseling methods promise a way to change. Usually, these promises are so outlandish and oversimplified that easily attract people who are troubled with their current life. On the other hand, we have scientific techniques that are over looked because they require knowledge and commitment that is usually brushed away and some people deem science and its scientist as being barbed and rigid. In actuality, these scientific methods are conducive to change and should be more respected by people who are therapist or in any human service background.

· Pseudo-science is the belief of something that is not scientifically validated

· Always do research on health subjects that sound suspect

· Find therapist that use methods backed with scientific evidence

We must first look at what pseudo- sciences are and how they work. Pseudo-sciences, meaning phenomena that seem to be but are not real sciences, are usually only confirmed by stories from people that claim it is real. For example, some may claim they felt better after a “healing” crystal was used on them and therefore support it as evidence. In fact, there is no evidence, and stories are to proof of anything. With no true evidence, the claim is nothing more than a story.

Another way claims of supernatural therapy can be espoused is by the effect of conformation bias. In one study, a researcher had two different reports on the evidence for and against the justification of the death penalty. When asked what they thought of the reports, the person would agree that the report that supported what that person believed was sounder in its evidence. Branching out from conformation bias is circular belief. Circular belief is a delusion held onto by people who want desperately what they believe to be true. This will only reinforce those people who believe what they think to be true to be so. This thinking can be dangerous and therapist and life coaches may prey upon people who do not know the truth.

It is easy to see why people seeking help and therapist helping those people could believe in theories that actually have no scientific evidence to support its claims. The theories sound believable by anecdotes and biased reasoning. Counselors and people who use them should consider what treatments are validated by science instead of following and being misled by supernatural claims and circular beliefs. It is better to use the facts around us to think for ourselves than to be blinded by what sounds like the easiet answer.


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