Jesse Singal: Why We Keep Falling for Psychological Quick Fixes
Do you remember the “power pose” craze from about a decade ago? In the second-most popular TED talk ever, psychologist Amy Cuddy has told over 60 million viewers that they can change their lives by simply changing their body language.
If you grew up in the 1990s, you probably experienced classes devoted to boosting your self-esteem, independent of your actual achievements on tests or assignments.
Have you taken the Implicit Association Test or IAT, which claims to test your unconscious bias against minorities and other groups? It is routinely used in all sorts of diversity training programs and educational settings, from K-12 through college.
These are all examples of what science writer and podcaster Jesse Singal calls “quick fixes” that attempt to address pressing social issues based on fundamentally flawed research. In The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills, Singal looks at these and
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