Abnormal Psychology: Mental Health and Mental Illness

Popular Psychology

What is popular psychology?

Popular or pop psychology is aimed at a popular audience and communicated through the mass media. It addresses topics related to psychology—such as romantic relationships, stress management, child rearing, and sexuality—and can be found in magazine articles, radio or television talk shows, popular books, and various Websites. The benefit of pop psychology is that it is accessible to a very wide audience and can be an effective vehicle for translating psychological knowledge to the general public. The downside is that there is little to no quality control. The information may or may not be backed by solid psychological science or clinical experience.


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