Ep 261: Demonic Possession or A Lack of Skeptical Thinking?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Disorders, Therapy2 Comments

demonical ghost girl

Is it possible that some people who we think are mentally ill are actually victims of demonic possession? One psychiatrist says yes. Another psychiatrist says no – believing this is true is a matter of not carefully thinking about what you see and hear from others. In this episode I break down the claims made by Richard Gallagher and a … Read More

Ep 261: Which of These Scientific Terms Are You Using Incorrectly?

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Using Psychological Terms Correctly

Do you think you’re using the words “control group” correctly? You’re probably not. In fact, you’re probably also getting these terms wrong as well: “truth serum”, “lie detector”, “bystander apathy”, “personality type”, Oxytocin, “closure” and even the “scientific method”! In this episode I review some of the points made by Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues regarding scientific terms that you’re … Read More

Ep 248: Guest Host Bo Bennett on Dysrationalia

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Bo Bennett

What is Dysrationalia? You’ve probably heard of a lot of intelligences – Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Sternberg’s Triarchic theory of intelligence and Daniel Goldman’s Emotional Intelligence. In this episode, my first guest host Bo Bennett steps in to tell us about the work of psychologist Keith Stanovich’s work on “dysratinalia”. Do you know someone who seems quite intelligent but they … Read More

Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Social Psychology, Therapy6 Comments

Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about working in human services that causes people to become more liberal in their political views? In this episode I propose a few ideas that I think explains why mental health professionals … Read More

Ep 192: An Example of How Psychoanalysts Really Interpret Dreams

MichaelCritical Thinking, Emotion, Therapy7 Comments

What do psychologists really think about your dreams – do they have meaning? In this episode I talk about what psychologists think today about dreams. You probably know that Freud thought that dreams had a manifest content (the people and things that happened in the dream that you remember) and a latent content (the unconscious meaning of the dream). Do … Read More

Ep 184: Critical Thinking (Part 2) – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Research and Stats, Teaching Tools1 Comment

In episode 183 I talked about what critical thinking is and why it’s important. Now we talk about why it’s so darn hard to teach and to use critical thinking in our everyday lives. In this episode I’ll discuss Dr. Daniel Willingham‘s advice to teachers on what they can do to effectively teach critical thinking – something that couldn’t be … Read More

Ep 183: Critical Thinking – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats21 Comments

Why does it concern psychologists that the Texas GOP platform recently opposed the teaching of critical thinking? Most of us have been told since we were very young that critical thinking is very important. Psychologists certainly agree and a lot of time spent in most psychology classes is spent learning how to think critically. Why is it such a central … Read More