Chapter 3. Myths, Maths and Madness

Misconceptions around Psychology

  1. Dominic Upton Head Chair Fellow specialist and
  2. Annie Trapp Director founding member
  1. Peter Reddy counsellor teacher member1 and
  2. Caprice Lantz Clinical Projects Manager lecturer2

Published Online: 29 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320732.ch3

Teaching Psychology in Higher Education

Teaching Psychology in Higher Education

How to Cite

Reddy, P. and Lantz, C. (2009) Myths, Maths and Madness, in Teaching Psychology in Higher Education (eds D. Upton and A. Trapp), BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320732.ch3

Editor Information

  1. University of Worcester, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Aston University, UK

  2. 2

    National Institutes of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195508

Online ISBN: 9781444320732



  • myths, maths and madness - misconceptions around psychology;
  • misconceptions and the media;
  • misconceptions and use of intuitive logic;
  • misconception and BSc career fallacy;
  • vocational degree meaning vocational decisions taken early;
  • psychology, a long past but a short history;
  • BSc career fallacy - students expectation that a first degree in psychology, direct entry to psychology profession;
  • psychology programme - embedding PDP, meta-learning and material on reflection and self-awareness;
  • psychotherapy - favouring cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT);
  • Psychology as only a science - science as only a given set of procedures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Misconceptions and the Media

  • Psychology as a Career

  • What Do Psychology Graduates Do if They Do Not Become Professional Psychologists?

  • How Does a Psychology Student Become a Professional Psychologist?

  • Teacher's Misconceptions

  • Psychology as a Subject

  • Tackling Misconceptions

  • References